Living out of a suitcase, travelling the world with my bike is the coolest thing ever, but there is no place I would rather be than the cold and rainy northwest at this time of year.  It can be kind of miserable. It is cold. It is wet. The days are short. But I love it.

I love being out on the trails when it’s quiet, when the dirt is dark and the vegetation is green. I love the mud in my face. I love going for tea with dried mud speckled across my face. I love peeling off all the wet and dirty layers. I love taking a shower and watching all the dirt go down the drain. I love sitting in front of the fire. I even kinda love feeling your fingers and toes thaw out, albeit sometimes it can be a little painful.

Author Bio

Katie Holden is a Professional Mountain Bike Athlete based in Seattle, WA. In the aftermath of 9/11 she found herself on a bike trip in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. No one could have predicted how those five days would change her life. Soccer, softball and swimming had dominated her athletic pursuits; within weeks, they were replaced by bikes. Katie loves people & cultures, and thrives on interactions, experiences and adventures. Check out and follow her on twitter and instagram @katieholden