Gregory Garceau - Member Profile - CycleBlaze

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Gregory Garceau


Title Ratings
Ersatz Cowboy Lassos The Wild West 49
A Snake, A Heart, And An Earring 701
The Dotted Lines Of The Inland Northwest 230
High Stakes Bike Touring 87
Mr. Nice Guy Goes Bad 128
Logic And Energy Debunk The Iowa Myth: Parts 1 & 2 147
The Man Who Biked To Canada (With No Complaints) 140
GOING UP! The Gulf of Mexico to Lake Superior 195
America's Most Naive Bike Tourist Rides From MN to MA 112
Greg's Questionable Judgement 252
Because Nobody Else Cared To Ride To Duluth 70
A Most Unusual Bike Trip (By Normal Touring Standards) 55


Hi folks, my name is Greg and I live in Minnesota--the state with snow and sub-zero temperatures in the winter and insane humidity in the summer.  On the upside, my state has 10,000 lakes, vast forests, vaster (sic) cornfields, and the mighty Mississippi River.

I have a long history of bicycle riding.  It started with training wheel riding at age four and advanced, in stages, to sidewalk riding in the neighborhood . . .  to biking to grade school . . . to no-handed riding and wheelie riding in middle school days . . . to riding my bike to high school . . . to riding my bike to college classes . . . to all-weather commuting to work for more than 20 years . . . to roadie-type cycling . . . to mountain biking . . . and to gravel riding.  Basically, I engaged in almost every form of cycling except racing and the suicidal kind you see in the X-Games.

Compared to many Cycleblazers, though, I'm relatively new to the world of bike TOURING, and I don't always feel like I quite fit in.  (That's why I called myself "America's Most Naive Bike Tourist" in one of my journals.)  Even so, it has definitely become my current favorite cycling genre.  

But I like doing it my own way.  I have no interest in expensive saddles, tires, hub gearing systems, odd handlebar configurations, etc., nor can I afford them.  I reject most electronics when touring.  I don't like pie.  I'm indifferent toward ice cream.  I prefer to cook my own food.  I enjoy the rewards--and sometimes the consequences--of minimal pre-trip planning.  I tour alone (my wife is not a cyclist) and I am not a believer in the idea that the best part of a tour is the people one meets.  My touring ideal involves nice scenery, observing animal behavior, being in the great outdoors, and the simplicity of day-to-day existence on the road.  If I meet a few people along the way, that's great.  If I don't, that's great too. 

My tours have not been of the EPIC variety.  I've never ridden outside of North America.  I have family obligations that limit the length and duration of my tours--otherwise I could see myself being one of the wildest cycle touring free spirits ever.  But for now, I enjoy doing exactly what I'm doing.

And for me, half the fun of bike touring--and traveling in general--is writing about it.

This is how I bike in Minnesota.
This is how I bike when being chased by a swarm of Manitoban horseflies.
This is how I bike up a three-mile-long hill in Washington state.
This is how I bike camp in the Great Plains of North Dakota.
This is how I celebrate bike camping in the Sonoran Desert.