Sonoma County is a mecca for three different types of fanatics--foodies, winos, and bike fiends. I was lucky enough to grow up in this beautiful part of California's Wine Country and I'm forever indebted to it for instilling in me a love of cuisine, grapes and bicycles. Many Backroads guests on our Wine Country trips find themselves with a day or two to spare in my native land, and I (of course) think that I know how to spend it best. Allow me to share what I would do if I had a few days--and a few dollars--in Sonoma County.Read more
About: Hunter Ellis
Hunter grew up among apple trees and grapevines in Sonoma County, California. From a young age, he’s been lucky enough to travel to far-flung corners of the world with his father, who owns and operates a one-man ecotourism company. Hunter fell in love with bikes while living carless for 5 years in Portland, Oregon, studying Classics and commuting by bicycle. This was just the beginning of a long-lasting affair that has come to include restoring, building and touring by bike.
Recent Posts by Hunter Ellis
There's a place in Turkey where I descended into the bowels of the earth, terrified I'd never resurface, then flew to the highest reaches of the heavens, afraid I'd plummet to my doom. I laughed and made jokes, yet I was also silent, pondering the sacred. I felt corporeal and ethereal, often at the same time. Where was I? Cappadocia, of course...Read more
Oregon is beautiful. From its forests to its deserts, dunes to mountains, vineyards to rivers, it rarely ceases to amaze. But it’s best experienced from the saddle—a bike saddle, that is. I’ve been lucky enough to ride, camp and explore 750 miles of the state I once called home.Read more
The hike to Tiger's Nest--a challenge for some, a pilgrimage for others--is an essential part of any visit to Bhutan. Nestled into a cliff 3,000 feet above the floor of the Paro Valley, and resting at an elevation of over 10,000 feet above sea level, Tiger's Nest (or Paro Taktsang) is one of over 40 monasteries in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.Read more