In this episode of Bike Tour Adventures, I speak with Cory Mortensen about his 2-month leave of absence in which he cycled from Minnesota to California. In this story of self-discovery, Cory broke away from society’s expectations and embarked on an adventure that forever changed his life’s trajectory. After 20 years of adventure and travel, Cory has finally written a memoir on his life-changing adventure. Titled, “The Buddha and the Bee: Biking through America’s forgotten roadways on an accidental journey of discovery”. Today, we will discus Cory’s new book, how the adventure changed his life, and what compelled him to make such drastic changes to his life in the aftermath.

Cheers . Keep on pedalling.


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Show Notes

~ 01m 30s     Who is Cory Mortensen
~ 06m 30s     That prompted the bike tour
~ 15m 00s     The bike and setup
~ 21m 15s     Bike touring mindset and how it changes throughout the tour
~ 36m 45s     Bike mechanical issues
~ 52m 30s     Cycling during 9/11
~ 57m 45s     Cycling across the desert
~ 01h 06m     2 fantastic things I liked about his book
~ 01h 16m     What’s next for Cory.
~ 01h 19m     Where to find out more about Cory or the book
~ 01h 23m     Ending 


Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

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