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Name: Caroline Coombs
Resides in: Vancouver, Canada
Profession: Naturopathic physician
Why do you love to tour a new destination by bicycle?
Touring on a bicycle allows you to engage in the culture in ways that you won’t experience while traveling any other way. Cycling the back roads lets you slow down, meet real people, and authentically and personally experience the daily life of the locals. I think people are extra welcoming when you show up on a bike; they feel you have worked hard to come see them.
What’s your favorite memory from bicycle touring?
Learning to share the road with camels, tuk-tuks, cows, pigs, trucks, cars, and motorcycles in Rajasthan, India. It sounds terrifying, and at times it was, but it was the most colorful experience of my life. I loved watching the laughing children run after us along the side of the road as we passed through small villages.
Any advice for others thinking about going on their first bike tour?
Choose a place that enchants you, find a great local tour company through BikeTours.com that will take care of the details, and go for it! You will never, ever regret it.
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