This was my bike, the Caleb, donated to me for the trip by Organic Bikes. Made in Vietnam, most of the frame is rapidly renewable bamboo.
A bamboo bike is sort of like a flashy red convertible in the bike world, I realized. Strangers stopped and stared -- and wanted to touch it. The Caleb really has a gorgeous frame, and as an attention-grabbing environmental message, it was totally effective.
It also earned me the nickname "Bambi," by day two.
Photo: Mairi Beautyman