I Loved Bike Touring—Until I Got Paid to Do It

A humorous account of Caitlin Giddings’ time as a bike tour guide. She expected to find freedom — what she got were the worst parts of human nature.

The outdoor industry calls this getting paid in sunsets—which wouldn’t actually sound so bad if those sunsets weren’t being blocked by a pair of full-grown adults fighting over whose turn it was to wash the group spatula. I had wanted freedom and adventure. What I got instead was too much responsibility.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 30, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,068 words)