“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
We at Honest Training are ridiculously excited about our 3-day Bike Tour in April through the painted hills of Eastern Oregon! It will be an epic adventure that quite possibly could change your life. We also feel that it is important for you to get to know the tour guides (a.k.a cycle gurus, bike ninjas, 2-wheeled wizards) who will be leading you on this legendary journey.
Our first guide is Paisley Meekin (our fearless leader and owner of Honest Training) whom most of you already know and love, (especially if you read this blog that I wrote about her). Our second guide, however, is a bit more of an enigma. Much like a unicorn or the mighty Sasquatch, many know of him only through rumors. Some of you may have heard his name whispered around the studio and a few of you may have even been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of his quiet, bearded silhouette in the corner of a busy class.
It’s time to find out more about the man, the mystery…Matthew Barney.
After an exhaustive bike chase and promises of delicious craft beer, Mr. Barney agreed to sit down with me so I could find out more about him and his many cycling adventures.
How did you get involved in cycling tours?
It was actually a bit of an accident. I saw an ad on Craigslist seeking, cyclists who enjoyed travel, the outdoors with knowledge of food and wines or something to that extent. Immediately I thought it was a scam, BUT after some research it turned out to be a valid opportunity. So, I hustled to apply, live chatted with their sales gal for a few hours, stopped by the HQ in Seattle, sent emails, called and just worked to get in on the gig…and it worked!
What do you love most about cycling?
My passion for cycling is what keeps me feeling like a child when the world just wants me to be an adult. It puts a smile on my face each and every time. I can be mindful or I can be free of mind and enter into a meditative state. Is it safe to say that cycling is one of the purest forms of freedom we have left in the ever growing connected world?
What has been your most memorable tour?
That’s easy. My 1st Empire Epic trip. Seattle to Glacier Park MT in 10 days. It was just amazing and very rewarding in a ton of ways.
Why do you recommend cycling (and tours) to others? What benefits can it bring?
The benefits are endless really. Exploration, fitness, transportation, community, lifestyle, stress relief and on and on.
What is an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
I’m kind of an open book…so I think you all know everything. And if you don’t know it then I don’t want you to know it…HA!
And just like that, as quickly as he appeared, he was gone. Thank you Matthew Barney, we can’t wait to ride with you in April!
Ready to claim a space on this cycling adventure of a lifetime? Get the details and sign up here! You won’t want to miss it!