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My name is Jacob and I like to ride my bike. But there's more to it than that.

I believe in overcoming limitations, whether it's your own physical ability, emotional and mental blocks, fear, or on a more macro level things like being dependent on machines and fossil fuels.

I'm not going to rant about howWhatsupJacob 001 cars are evil and cyclists should be allowed to do whatever they want (I save that for the moron who knocked me out of the bike lane with her van while she was busy texting her friend).

I'm into overcoming limitations, finding things that are supposed to be hard, scary,  and then just going for it and doing it.

Riding a bike as a practical form of transportation is a symbol of this. Most people just consider it weird to ride a bike to work when you have the option, the infrastructure and the money to drive. You're subverting the dominant paradigm.

And then, on top of that big social hurdle, you're relying on your own strength to get where you want to go, and sometimes you need to use all your wits and skill just to stay alive. If you try bike touring, it's only a matter of time before a problem comes up that will force you to get creative and work outside your comfort zone.

My road started with a 1,247 mile bike ride, alone, with only $50 in my pocket. But the same principles applied when I moved to Italy, became self-employed, had some crazy adventures that could get me in trouble if I mention them here, and overcame extreme shyness and found the woman of my dreams.

My blog is about the bicycle, but the underlying story is about freedom. I want to liberate you from your fear, your weakness, the opinions of others, the unwritten laws of society and maybe even some of the written ones if they're unjust.

You don't have to ride out and meet this challenge in a literal sense, but go out there and do something on your own power, by your own free will. You won't be in this beautiful green world forever. Make it count.

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  1. Igor Faust Ostapiuk

    hey man, what's up? well i'm planning my trip across Italy actually departing from Torino till Rome all over the sea coast 😉 rss when possible... i'm planning to camp, u know if is it possible? i've heard once that has some beach that has a fee entrance...

  2. Jacobbear

    Igor, it sounds like you'll have an incredible bike tour! There are a lot of campgrounds all along the coast of Italy, and they'll generally cost you around 7 euros a night. If you can't find one, stealth camping is usually OK as long as your campsite is neat and you clean up when you leave. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

  3. miranda

    I love biking but I am choosing to walk the appian way in Italy do you have any suggestions or anything that would be helpful to know before I go?

  4. Miranda, walking the Appian Way is going to be an amazing adventure. It will be a lot easier if you speak Italian. Also, some parts of the route are boring industrial areas. I would suggest you take a train to get through some of the less-scenic areas. Good walking routes: Rome to Terracina, Terracina to Formia (one of my favorites), Formia to Minturno and most of the area around Minturno. Benevento into the Apennines to Venosa. After Venosa the land is very barren (lots of grass, not many trees) so you'll want protection from the sun and rain. If you go in May the land will be covered with wildflowers--this is more beautiful than I can describe. Gravina and Matera were two of my favorite stops in southern Italy. Good luck!

  5. Cee

    Hi Jacob! Great site... Stumbled upon your site looking for LA bike path tips... I'm actually a true beginner, didn't learn to bike until just two months ago (long story why it took until my 20s, but glad I overcame the shame and did it)... I'm still not comfortable biking near cars, are there any areas or tips you have to help ease me in?

  6. Congratulations on your quick start, Cee! If you're uncomfortable around cars, the best thing you can do is ride on residential streets. This won't help much if you're biking in downtown L.A. but in most of the city (Hollywood, Silverlake, East L.A. etc.) there are streets that will get you really close to where you want to go without the need to deal with fast-moving cars. Start checking out some of the main north-south/east-west corridors for bikes, such as the L.A. River bike path, the bike lane on Sunset, etc. If you're anywhere between Downtown and La Brea, 4th Street is a good way to go east or west without any hassle. Let me know if you have questions about specific areas or bike routes.

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