“My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.”
-Peter Golkin, Librarian
My name is Erika Lavonne Wigren and I am a bicyclist and a librarian. In June of 2019 I earned my Masters of Library and Information Science from the iSchool, University of Washington in Seattle. Unlike most others in my MLIS cohort, instead of jumping straight into the career of my dreams, I decided to join my partner on an extended bicycle trip from our home of Tacoma, Wa to San Francisco, and then onward to New Zealand (and maybe further, depending).
This blog is designed around the three great loves of my life (four if you include my partner, Chris): storytelling, bicycling, & traveling. In addition to trip updates and cycling related posts, this blog will incorporate the experiences and philosophies of famous writers and significant historical figures. These individuals, of whom I will be reading and researching during my travels, have not only inspired my work as a storyteller and librarian, but also who advocated and loved bicycling. Authors such as Bradbury, Conan Doyle, Tolstoy, Plath, Tolkien…just to name a few! Similar inspirational figures like Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony, and Annie Londonderry will also be included, hopefully encouraging others to not only bicycle, but to travel, learn, and tell stories as humans were created to do. William Blake stated, “I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create,” and I believe he meant that the meaning of human existence is to experience life outside of our societally designated system and simply create and use creativity as an act of rebellion.
It my hope that our touring adventures, bicycle advocacy, and personal stories will inspire other people to become cyclists. I hope that people will begin to see cycling as a real form of transportation and begin to drastically reduce their emissions and contributions to climate change. Life without cars is possible and we are set out to prove that, in addition to having a few adventures along the way.
Help us continue our trip and pay for emergency/unexpected costs. Your donations will help us extend our route and keep pedaling! Thank you!