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The Pedalshift Project 039: Global bike touring with Mysterious James

Happy 2016! We kick off the year talking about global bike touring with the one and only Mysterious James in the first of a two parter. James and I started bike touring together, but he’s taken it to a whole new level with trips to the remote corners of western Canada, Alaska, the Great Divide, South America and more.

global bike touring with mysterious jamesHey it’s the direct download link for episode 039 (mp3)

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We’re kicking things off in 2016 with weekly shows… to start. Last year I promised biweekly/fortnightly shows and did more than that. This year I hope for even more episodes than last year and tour journals as well. Exciting things on the way!

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The interview with Mysterious James is in two parts: Pedalshift 039 and 041. Sandwiched in-between? A full episode of connections, gear talk and more as Pedalshift 040 drops next week!

The Interview: MJ and global bike touring

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Mysterious James on one of our first tours in Oregon
  • MJ’s “bio” at
  • How we met
  • Learning which bike was for him (Surly LHT eventually)
  • Early tours
  • West coast
  • How he ditched me for greater glory
  • Alaska
  • The Great Divide
  • Epic injuries and rescues
  • A year of healing up
  • South America
  • Touring at elevation
  • Expedition touring
  • What’s next
  • What you get out of bike touring

Look for part 2 on Pedalshift Project 041, coming soon!


The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ album, Habitat, wherever cool music resides.  I just heard Jason’s new album and it is AWESOME. More info when that drops this spring!