• Jolene

    oh, that made me cry…Damian is so awesome! I have a special needs daughter (and she volunteers to help others like her) and it’s tough to have to explain yourself to new people over and over again, so she just doesn’t even bother anymore. She doesn’t want pity or sympathy. It’s not worth the mental anguish. I totally know where he is coming from on that. I sure wish he would come to Oregon and bike some here. What kind of Bike Friday did he have? I want a folding bike so badly, but I am a big girl (185 lbs in a good season) and they don’t make them to haul me and all my gear (sigh). Can’t wait to see the rest of the story! Jo

    January 08, 2012
  • Chris Philpott

    Great piece guys. Real inspiration.

    January 08, 2012
  • Mike Richeson

    This is such a wonderful video. Damian is an inspiration. Meeting people like him is (for me) the best part about touring. Keep up the great work!

    January 08, 2012
  • Loved the video…and THANK YOU for subtitling it! I have a hard time understanding people with thick accents or speech impediments.

    January 08, 2012
  • Steve Cifka

    Wonderful, inspiring interview! Technical: Russ, which lens? Strong portrait!

    January 08, 2012
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    January 09, 2012
  • The Trickster

    That is awesome!

    January 09, 2012
  • Arpad Lazar

    It is so amazing to learn about regular people (not famous/infamous) who blow everyone else out of the water so nonchalantly as Damian appears to be doing. I want to know more about him.

    Thanks for your amazing documentary shorts.

    January 09, 2012
  • Chris Rock

    Russ and Laura,
    I am SO glad you interviewed Damian Day, what an awesome person. Like many have said he is an inspiration. I especially liked his take on those who complain and found myself rethinking my day.

    Keep up the great work.

    January 09, 2012
  • Frances

    Thank you for another great video, Russ, and another insight into the power of cycling!

    January 09, 2012
  • Guys what a great interview, Damian is awesome, you guys are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Alan
    The road is my home, my home is my home away from home. Written last summer lost somewhere west of Bend.

    January 10, 2012
  • great video! thank you for sharing Damian’s story; it’s quite moving. keep on pedaling Damian, Russ & Laura!

    January 11, 2012
  • Augusta

    This was an absolute inspiration and a heart-warming story – thank you so much for sharing! I was reading about your awful experience in Wellington and came through to the site to find out more. What a treasure trove of stories and wonderful people and adventures. I’ll keep following your blog and I’ll be keeping an eye out for Damian Day on the roads – what a champion!

    January 11, 2012
  • Sue

    Have been following your NZ blog and now read in the paper of your Wellington attack. Very ashamed of NZ and ashamed to be a Kiwi. NZ drivers are appalling. Safe travels for the rest of your stay.

    January 11, 2012
  • Clare

    In response to Jolene (comment #1), who is looking for a bike to carry 185+ lbs: give Bike Friday a call! I’m your size, and I ride a fully-loaded Bike Friday, and tow a heavy trailer with it. Great custom fit, and rides well too.

    January 12, 2012
  • hugh

    Nice interview. Saw Damian riding his Bike Friday west from Waitomo as we were driving east to Waitomo on 20 Jan. Had a big smile! Would have liked to have stopped and talked BFs (I own singles and tandem), but we had reservations to keep.

    January 30, 2012
  • Dave

    Love your work Russ and Laura.
    Im a kiwi, currently living in the Swiss Alps. Its been snowing here in Interlaken a fair bit the last few days but its still easy to do my short commute by bicycle.
    Your cycle touring stories are inspirational. Im interested in some adventure touring through Africa!!
    take care

    February 04, 2012
  • David

    I love all your interviews and photos! This one is one the most beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this. People need simple things to see to inspire and this certainly delivers it. I shared it on my Facebook.
    Safe pedaling. 🙂

    February 07, 2012

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