Rick Steeves started cycle touring while still (nominally) in college. A college dean suggested Rick’s first cycle tour, while discussing his future college career (having made the wrong Dean’s List, more than once). His first tour was from England to Italy (and back!). It took over a decade for his second tour, but Rick’s been touring every other year or so ever since.
Rick was once told by a friend and co-worker that when they handed out hobbies, Rick must have stood in the short lines (and that he meant that in all the ways he could mean that). Medieval reenactment, paintball, and various other hobbies lie strewn in his wake. When not touring, Rick’s an avid whitewater kayaker, board gamer and RPG player, with the occasional home repair taking much longer than it should. To his wife’s occasional chagrin, various parts of the house are automated. Any number of other projects and ideas are in various states of existence.
Professionally Rick has a long career in Information Technology, primarily in the areas of infrastructure and security. Rick left an awesome job as Global IT Infrastructure Architect for his four-month tour from Istanbul to Ireland, and is in the process of deciding what to tackle next.