After a lifetime of cycling throughout the world, Henry and Sandy started Independent Tourist over 17 years ago. The trials and triumphs of their many adventures, have been carefully selected to curate their personal favorites.
Our self-guided tours offer easy to moderate rides with reasonable distances while keeping relaxation and comfort in mind. Independent Tourist began as Henry and Sandy’s side business, but now has turned into the family business, and is expanding. The next generation of family owners and operators have recently acquired leadership of the company. We, Bob Grace and Joey Grace, will continue their level of cycling expertise and customer service while keeping it a family business. Both have been with the company for a combined twelve years of cycling experience, including professional races and events.
Beth Haynes and Betsy Silzer recently joined the team to provide a deeper insight into the adventure vacation industry, and their experience of employment, and as event directors with a few large cycling companies and organizations fits perfectly with the Independent Tourist experts. With our combined experience of cycling and marketing, we look forward to the future of Independent Tourist, as more people see cycling as a source of relaxation, and see us as their provider for those quality, worry-free vacations. We look forward to continue the same personable service, develop more destinations, and provide quiet, relaxing vacations.
Bob Grace and Joey Grace
Henry Curran and Sandy Meskimen
The Independent Tourist, LLC
Over 20 years ago I started competing in triathlons. Over time I began mountain biking and commuting to work, any reason to be on a bike! I dreamed of traveling to beautiful and interesting places on a bicycle. In the meantime, I was involved in my community in a number of ways and discovered that I excelled at organizing and planning. With the help of local businesses, friends and athletic clubs, I developed a brainstorm into the Multi Sport Extravaganza. This weekend long event offered 12 different activities such as kayaking, orienteering and mountain biking and culminated in a campout with live music after a day full of fun!
Fast forward to 2015 when I moved to Utah. My new husband and I realized that bike touring is OUR THING. We have since toured self-supported in Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Canada for up to a month at a time. Planning these adventures is much of the fun for me. I love researching new locations, creating maps and working out the logistics.
I’m very excited to bring these skills to Independent Tourist. Traveling by bicycle allows you to be part of your environment and have an in-depth experience with nature and your surroundings. I look forward to planning your next adventure so you can just show up and confidently ride away, knowing the details are covered and that you can focus on having fun!
Thirty Five years ago, I set off with my parents and 15,000 new friends, on the ever-famous RAGBRIA cycling tour across Iowa, which sparked my love for touring by bicycle. Little did I know the adventures that would follow. I headed straight out of college to travel the world for 12 years, as a professional tour guide with a major adventure travel company. It was there that I met my husband, a fellow cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. After a 17 years hiatus to raise our daughter, I am ecstatic to be back in the bicycling touring industry with Independent Tourist.
Like my previous experience, Independent Tourist strives to offer carefree and luxurious cycling vacations by taking care of the necessities, while our customers enjoy a fantastic ride! In contrast to my life as a guide, there is no group schedule to adhere to, no set dinner, lunch or breakfast times, and no one has to listen to me describe the route every morning – what a plus! Every day is another opportunity to explore at whatever pace chosen, stop for meals whenever, wherever, and discover new things along the way, without having to worry about luggage, shuttles, lodging or getting directions. Independent Tourist has the travel details covered. The concept of self-guided travel by bicycle without the travel hassles is brilliant! IÕm excited to see where this new adventure with Independent Tourist will lead!