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Rachel and Patrick Hugens


Title Ratings
Racpat Northern Tier 2370
Racpat Hiawatha Loop 2019 21
Racpat RTW 185
Extended Selkirk Loop 44


"Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see" Jimmy Buffet

Racpat is Rachel and Patrick Hugens.  We met "on the road" in May 1993 just outside Nelson New Zealand. Patrick cycling around the world (1992-94). Rachel solo cycling NZ and Australia (1992-93).  

In January 1994, we met up again in Capetown cycling 6 months to Nairobi then 3 months cycling from Spain to Patrick's village, Ossendrecht, Holland.

May 1993, outside Nelson, New Zealand. Patrick saw Rachel cycle by and caught up with her and cycled to Pelorus Bridge. We cycled together, to the ferry to Wellington on the North Island. Patrick continued on to America, Rachel to Australia. Meeting up again in Capetown, January 1994
1994 Capetown to Nairobi and we tried to recreate the pic in 2015 Nairobi to Capetown

We married in Missoula, Montana, July 1995 and settled in Boise Idaho, look us up on Warmshowers if you pass through, or if you come to ride the Idaho Hot Springs Loop.

Our honeymoon was a two-wheeled one through Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. This was actually a challenge. We were now no longer two independent cyclists cycling together; so we did have an adjustment making the shift to a married couple. Cycling is a big part of who we are, having three times now quitting our jobs to cycle tour, yet we like our home in Boise just as much. After 25 years of being married and 3 long tours and a few short ones (Yucatan, and the Selkirk Loop), we’ve cycled together in 62 countries.

We had two sets of "Just Married" shirts to read like the old Burma Shave signs on the road.

"Travel allows you see a 1000 lives you might have lived."

In 1999-2000, we cycled 9 months in South America: Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia. Then after a 10 day trip on a Russian ship to Antarctica, flew to Buenos Aires cycling to Cusco Peru. Before returning home, we hiked the Inca Trail.

Cusco Peru, then end of the cycling.
Hiking the Inca Trail before flying home to Boise.

In 2006-07, we biked from Bali to Bangkok, then through Cambodia, Southern Vietnam, Laos and into Yunnan China and across Eastern Tibet (illegally!) to Lhasa, and continued on the Friendship Highway to Kathmandu. Next, we flew to Alaska and officially started cycling home to Boise, Idaho from the Arctic Circle.

Pang La and view of the Himalayas

In April 2015, we started in Patrick’s home village in Holland, across Eastern Europe, Africa, India, Nepal, India Himalayas, Central Asia from Dushanbe to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, SE Asia, and Burma. Flying to Lima Peru and cycling home connecting the dots, arriving  home to Boise ID October 2017. 

We are riding our same bikes from 1992. Patrick's a Dutch Vittorio and  Rachel's Davidson from Seattle.

Each time that we have ended a trip, we are left with wanting to do more. The important thing is, wherever you are, keep the curiosity of a traveler, and the ordinary becomes the extraordinary. We often think travel means going far away to exotic places and we miss what is in our own backyards.

And now we are starting to explore our own backyard in Idaho and USA!

Arriving home after 13 months riding Bali to Boise 2006-07
Arriving home after cycling RTW 2015-2017

We had several milestones in 2020,  including 25 years married, and Rachel 's 70th Birthday, and retiring from OR nursing. Then in Spring of 2021, Patrick celebrating his 55th birthday, decided to "retire" from Architectural office work and plans to do independent projects.

 After a year of hunkering down because of Covid 19, 2021 finds us both fully vaccinated we are ready cycle the Northern Tier. 

Racpat Northern Tier, 2021. Everett WA to Eastport ME, 4446 miles. Then down the coast to Boast, total 4927 miles.

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