McKynlee Westman

McKynlee Westman

McKynlee currently spends most of her time with Backroads spinning her wheels, sipping wine and "mangiando la pasta" in Tuscany, but has also led trips in Latin America. The in-between time takes her home to the cow-laden pastures of Smithville, Missouri. She loves that Backroads gives her an opportunity to create a family of locals in each region she travels, and that she gets to share this network with guests. McKynlee can do a pretty impressive "backwards worm dance" (don't be embarrassed if you have to ask; it's a rare art form) and was once captain of her university's varsity softball team.

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Notre Dame Paris France

I'm not writing any new material by saying that Paris is a magical place. The amount of history, creativity, fine art and architecture in this eve...

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Sunflower in Tuscany

All right, I realize I’m not about to unleash a revolutionary statement here, but the fact is, Tuscany has some amazing bike routes. Even if you h...

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Strawberries with balsamic vinegar

Before heading out to lead Backroads trips in Italy, I had already gathered that Italians have an ongoing love affair with olive oil. However, I w...

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St. George Utah

I woke up toward the end of the drive from Salt Lake City to Southern Utah and realized the world had completely changed. The land was brilliantly...

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Italian Flag rustling in the wind

The first experience I had with the Italian fear of wind came after a gym workout with the host mom for whom I was au pairing. We both took shower...

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It’s not unusual to gear up with new equipment before a Backroads trip; we all know how wonderful it feels to don a fresh pair of bike shorts with...

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Since April, I’ve been in five countries, met hundreds of new people, and slept on more than 50 different mattresses. A full season of leading wit...

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