2017 Solar Eclipse Ride

The seed of this blog was a solo bicycle ride I took from my home in Ashland, Oregon to the Malheur National Forest, right in the Path of Totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

I left on Wednesday, August 9th 2017 and concluded my ride two days before the eclipse on August 21st.

What drove me to get on an antiquated machine like the bicycle and put myself at the mercy of drivers and turkey vultures, all by my lonesome? Life. Loss. Impending change. My unending quest for self-discovery, and to write about it.

Resisting my natural inclination to shut off my phone for the entire trip, I used it as a tool to share the adventure through brief blog posts and photos. Click here to read all my blog posts from this adventure. 

To follow along, here’s a map of my route:Tuula's 2017 Solar Eclipse ride map

I encourage anyone who is uncertain about undertaking a solo bike tour to reach out, as I love to give advice and encouragement! Now that I look back on it, this ride was pivotal in helping me build trust and confidence in myself and humanity, at a time when it was sorely needed. It cost less than a trip to Mexico, my legs looked great by the end, and I learned a whole lot more about two regions foreign to me — the eastern part of my home state and the surface of the sun.