Nevada

Meet: Lisa Owen

Meet: Lisa Owen

Name & Age? Lisa Owen, 31

Where's home? Brisbane, Australia

What was/is your last/current trip? My last trip took me to Central and South America, Iceland and the United States. I discovered the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala; uncovered Mayan ruins in Copan, Honduras; hiked an active volcano in Nicaragua; ziplined and bungee jumped in Costa Rica; hiked a glacier in Iceland; soaked in a mud volcano in Colombia; and swam with turtles in Hawaii.

Meet: Jasmine Reese

Meet: Jasmine Reese

Name & age? Jasmine Reese, 27 years old

Where's home? Indiana

What got you started? I wanted to travel, get out of a routine and learn to believe in myself again. Bicycle touring, when I came across the activity on the web, seemed to be the only thing that fulfilled my needs all around. I could travel inexpensively; I could lose weight; I could challenge myself, learning patience, perseverance and self-sufficiency; I could meet tons of people. And ultimately, when all was said and one, I knew I'd be the confident woman I started to lose in the monotony of everyday academic and work life. I thought to myself, if I can accomplish this, then I can do anything I set my mind to. My biggest dream is to be a professional violinist, but I started to lose hope in that dream. Bicycling seemed to rekindle that fire. 

Meet: Valerie Brogden

Meet: Valerie Brogden

Name & Age? Valerie Brogden, 27

Where's home? Trying to find it. I grew up near Seattle and lived in Portland for the last 3 years but I don't think I'll return after this trip.

What was/is your last/current trip? I'm on a motorcycle/backpacking trip through the American west. So far I've been through Oregon, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. I've backpacked in The Redwoods, Tahoe, Yosemite, Zion, hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim, and many more places. I'm headed for Montana next.