Where are you based?
At the Moment, Portland, OR. I'll be in Minneapolis for a month or so before I do some traveling next year.
Where's your favourite place to ride?
Earlier this year I spent some time with my family out on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations. I realized all these gravel roads I grew up around were all untapped cycling routes. The first ride through Logging Creek on the Northern Cheyenne rez had a nice climb, snow and icy roads. I rode past some cattle, buffalo, coyotes and deer during the ride. It was very surreal riding through the hills as there is no support. With so much wildlife around you never know if a mountain lion is waiting to pounce on you. I love it.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
Randoneeuring is where my heart seems to flow. The longer the route the more satisfied I will be. I do a daily commute of 20-30 miles a day in the city and branch out for a century ride or to two when I get the chance. But if I can get a little bit of each terrain I am a happy camper.
How do you discover a new route?
Strava is a good place to start. Lately I have been checking out http://www.orrandonneurs.org and the facebook randoneeuring page to get Ideas. I search blogs and forums online to find inspiration.
Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I've tried using que sheets and planning routes but I tend to modify each route. If there happens to be any climbing close by I head in that general direction. I tend to put myself in some crazy spots in the process but I dig that element of randoneeuring. All in all it is hard for me to follow a specific path and I prefer loop routes. Solo riding is easier for me because I can pace myself and extend my ride if I feel inspired.
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I'll ride with my canon 60d from time to time. I have an old Canonet that I'll pack due to the compact size. I recently acquired the new Iphone 6 and that seems to work out pretty well. Mirrorless cameras have been catching my attention lately and within the next month or so I will be switching over to something more compact.
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
Glenn Charles has inspired me to do more winter riding up in Alaska at some point. It is hard to say, an ultimate route would probably be the Great Divide route from Banff, Canada to the Mexico border. Paris to Brevet back to Paris would be amazing as well. Too many to mention.