Rob Kristoff

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I grew up in the area of PA known for steel and coal. A BMX and skateboarding kid in the middle of a cornfield. I went to college in New Wilmington, known for its local Amish population. I've traveled around the USA by train, camping at Grand Canyon South Rim, Yosemite, and Glacier National Parks. As far as bikes, I've ridden the Slickrock Trail in Moab; the Kingdom Trails in East Burke, VT; gone for an evening spin on Park City's aspen-lined switchbacks where I watched the lights of the town come on. And hard as it is to believe, I have ridden trails with both John Tomac and Gary Fisher.

Posts by Rob Kristoff

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  • 1
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    John McPhee. The man can make anything interesting, so the conversation would be stellar. From his end, anyway.

    Or Bill Strickland.

  • 2
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Hemingway said: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”

  • 3
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Randomly camping when we got to Yosemite, only to later realize we’d put up our tents in the most legendary rock climber’s camp in the world.


    Watch the movie Valley Uprising, then realize we stayed a week at Camp Four.

  • 4
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    In my experience, I’d say Iowa. Yes, the whole state seems to be laid out in perfect squares, but that’s soothing in a way, and the people and food were wonderful. And there’s some beautiful spots! And from a cyclist’s point of view, I’ve wanted to do RAGBRAI since I was a teenager, and Trans-Iowa is pretty cool, too. In my mind? Portland, Oregon.