Have you ever wanted to bike, camp overnight, and just keep going? Join us Saturday, September 22nd at 6:00pm for a presentation on bike touring from Mary Ann Thomas, who has bicycled across North America and India. She will share stories from the road, demystify logistics and costs, and help you figure out how to make your dream bike trip happen.

Mary Ann Thomas is the queer brown daughter of Indian immigrant parents, a travel nurse, bike tourist, and writer. She has lived and worked in Washington DC, NYC, Anchorage, San Francisco, San Diego, and Cooperstown. She has bicycled over 10,000 miles in the last five years: in 2014, she bicycled solo from San Diego to Montreal; in 2017, she biked across India from the Himalayas to Kerala, the state at the tip of the subcontinent where her family is from. Her writing has been featured in numerous literary and travel platforms, and her bike travel has been featured on several podcasts, including the Dirtbag Diaries.

As a writer, she has attended the VONA Travel Writing Workshop in 2015 and 2017. Since 2015, her work has been published in numerous literary journals and travel platforms, which include Autostraddle, She Explores, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, The Rumpus, and On She Goes. She has been featured on several podcasts, including The Dirtbag Diaries and Musafir Stories. She is a presenter at the WTF Bikexplorers Summit.

One can even take home something more than knowledge and fuzzy community feels! Check out Mary Ann’s chapbook, which will be available for sale at our little event.