The author, Ellee Thalheimer, would choose a dusty pannier, bike, and crumpled up map any day over an umbrella drink and a lounge chair. She has toured nationally and internationally, worked as a professional bike tour guide, and coordinated cycling routes professionally.

From 2005-2009, Ellee contributed to Lonely Planet guidebooks, and she authored their bike touring guide Cycling Italy. Her travel writing has also appeared in BBC Online, The Oregonian, Momentum,, Outdoors NW Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Adventure Cyclist Magazine, and Cycle California! Magazine.

Ellee is the co-founder of the Portland Society, a non-profit business alliance that connects professional women who are passionate about cycling. In 2010, Ellee also founded the small publishing imprint Into Action Publications, whose titles include Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon, Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike, and Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Washington.

As a proud resident of Portlandia, she enjoys practicing yoga, drinking mate on her front porch, and raising chickens.