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 cycle touring Rick’s an avid whitewater kayaker, board gamer and RPG player. To his wife’s sometime chagrin, various parts of the house are automated. Any number of other projects and ideas are in various states of existence.
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.
You can find more information on his cycle touring website.
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 a four-month tour from Istanbul to Ireland, and is in the process of decided what to tackle next. He volunteers with the national and international Red Cross disaster response teams, as well as the Durham Bicycle Coop.