Jenn Hamelman: Charting the Course for the Adventure Cycling Association

Imagine setting out on a journey that not only challenges your physical limits but also offers a profound sense of freedom and accomplishment. In this episode I sit down with Jenn Hamelman, an avid cyclist and cartographer for the Adventure Cycling Association, who shares her extraordinary story of cycling across the United States.

Jenn Hamelman on the road bicycle touring in New Hamshire

Jenn’s love for cycling began with a $99 ten-speed Huffy, the key to unlocking her world of adventures. Her passion for the open road and the cycling community led her to a 25-year career with the Adventure Cycling Association, where she has been instrumental in developing over 52,000 miles of bike routes across the country.

In this episode, Jenn recounts her transformative experience cycling from Portland, Maine, to Seattle, Washington. Despite facing weeks of torrential rain, Jenn’s journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the kindness of strangers. She shares anecdotes about the trail angels she met along the way, the unexpected challenges she overcame, and the inner strength she discovered.

Jen’s story is not just about the miles she covered but also the connections she made with people and places. From the freedom of riding down open roads to the thrill of conquering the Kancamagus Pass, her adventure is a reminder of the joys that await when we dare to explore.

This episode is a great resource for anyone considering their own bicycle touring across the United States. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or someone who’s just starting, Jenn’s insights into planning, navigating, and enjoying the journey are invaluable.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration to hit the road or simply enjoy a tale of adventure and self-discovery, tune in to this week’s episode. You’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for the world of bicycle travel and the community that supports it. Listen now and let Jenn’s story ignite your wanderlust.

More about Jenn and the Adventure Cycling Association

If you are interested in finding out more about the Adventure Cycling Association their website has lots more great information about what they do and the trails they have developed.

For more stories of Jenn’s trip make sure you head over to the journal that she kept and find out a bit more.

Check out more about the Adventure Cycling Association via their website
You can also discover Jenn’s journal of her trip 

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