Erika Lavonne Wigren

Cyclist | ESL Teacher | MLIS | Writer | Wanderer

“My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.” – Peter Golkin, Librarian


About Velo Librarian

My name is Erika Lavonne and I am a bicyclist and a newly minted 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, Christopher, on an extended bicycle trip from our home of Tacoma, Washington to San Francisco, California then onward to New Zealand, and now, South East Asia. Both my partner and I have taken break from the bike life to work as English Second Language teachers in Thailand and to ride out the pandemic.

This blog was designed around the three great loves of my life (four if you include my partner, Christopher): storytelling, bicycling, & traveling. In addition to trip updates and cycling related posts, I intend for this blog to also 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 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, inclusive of those with disabilities, and begin to drastically reduce their emissions and contributions to climate change.

At present, we have no set plan. We don’t know how long we will live and work in Thailand, we intend to take opportunities when they come knocking, and the only goal we have set for ourselves is to stay open to experiences and see as much of this beautiful planet as we can.