Kasia is the Director of Bike Tours here at Wilderness Voyageurs. Kasia hails from Boulder, Colorado, where she worked in the high tech field and like a good Boulderite, she commuted to work year round on her bike. She has an infectious smile, and is well known for her communication and commitment to both details and having a good time. Kasia manages the entire Wilderness Voyageurs bike tour department!
A native of Costa Rica, Andres has been a guide since he was just 19 years old. An avid and competitive cyclist, Andres and his wife split their time between Kansas City, Missouri and their adventure tourism property in Costa Rica.
Andres is one of our many talented bike tour managers! He watches over many of our western US tours, as well as our tours in Michigan and Wisconsin.
A native of upstate New York and retired Army helicopter pilot, Mark came to Wilderness Voyageurs in 2020 with six years of bike tour guiding experience. Following his military service, Mark bounced around the U.S. teaching high school, working as a personal trainer and running coach, and fixing bikes at the local bike store as a mechanic. When he’s not leading tours, Mark enjoys training for triathlons and traveling with his wife.
Mark manages our trips in New York, as well as South Dakota, Kentucky, Georgia and Virginia’s Historic Williamsburg.
Jesse comes from a long career of outdoor guiding and management! He joined team Wilderness Voyageurs in 2021 as a guide and tour manager!
Jesse manages all Pennsylvania bike tours, plus Ohio: Cincinnati to Cleveland and the Virginia Shenandoah & Blue Ridge Parkway tour.
Nic has always been a professional guide — first on rivers, then rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and road cycling. She has over 20,000 touring miles in the saddle (38 states plus Canada) on short trips, long trips & six times across the country. She’s also been a writer almost as long, focused on outdoor adventure & fitness and author of five guidebooks. When she’s not on the bike, Nic performs tour manager duties from her dog sits in Santa Fe or from the road in her camper van. As a tour manager for Wilderness Voyageurs, Nic’s areas of expertise are Florida (her home state), New Mexico (her other home state) and Texas.
Paul lives in Elmira, NY where he’s owned a bicycle shop for nearly 40 years. He’s a lifelong cyclist with a passion for touring and helping others on tour. He’s led tours and managed mobile mechanical support for tours large and small for over a decade. The Finger Lakes and Erie Canal areas of New York State are his backyard. Living in the area, knowing the roads around the Lakes, and traveling the Canal for so many years makes him a bit of an expert on the area. Ask him anything, if he doesn’t know the answer he’ll make up something good!
Paul manages our New York Velo Opera bike tour.
Gary Smith remembers his first 10-speed Flamboyant Lime Schwinn Varsity bike a long time ago. Many bikes later and bike adventures in over 28 states and 5 continents, Gary now enjoys more biking time as a retired Pennsylvania State Park employee. Decades of inquisitiveness have filled his head with history, trivia and some very dry humor. He can help you enjoy your bike exploration adventure! Gary also travels domestically and internationally by faster conveyances as a volunteer bone marrow courier for the National Marrow Donor Program (Be The Match). He donated his marrow in 2000 and his recipient in Sydney, Australia is now 21 years+ leukemia free.
Colleen is an Ohiopyle local who came to work at Wilderness Voyageurs after high school. She grew up riding her bike on the Great Allegheny Passage, swimming in the Yough and running the trails around the state park. Colleen took her cycling hobby to new level when she rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race in 2017. When she’s not mountain biking or guiding bike tours, you’ll find her biking around town with a camera – Colleen is WV’s official whitewater photographer. In the off-season, she and her husband Montana put all their things in storage and travel somewhere warm to ride their bikes.
Lori is a native of Elmira, New York. She enjoys bike touring – near and far, yoga, cooking, and flower gardening. She credits her love for cooking to the long winters in upstate New York, when she spends way too much time experimenting with recipes! You’re likely to meet her on the Erie Canal. If you do, you’re in for a treat – Lori crafts the fanciest support stop snacks of the whole staff. She likes to create healthy, delicious food, making sure to highlight local favorites and seasonal treats …. after all, “food is fuel!!!”
Kartik (pronounced “Kar-thick”) got bitten by the bike bug when he moved to Portland, Ore., in 2003, where he bought a 1970s steel frame Miyata road bike, converted her to a fixed gear, and never looked back! Years later in Washington, D.C., working at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, he met and did some tours with Wilderness Voyageurs. When not biking, Kartik is working in his garden, hanging with his kids, working at his local food co-op or doing something else outside.
Teri fell in love with cycling 26 years ago when she bought her first road bike. But after discovering self-contained bicycle travel and rail trails, she knew she’d bike forever. She’s an artist, and cycle travel allows her to take time to meditate on her work while seeing the world in a whole new way – with the added bonus of staying fit!
Dave currently lives in Hershey, PA and has been guiding for WV since 2015. His passion for sport has been evident his whole adult life. After rowing in HS and College, he took a 25 year break from rowing because of various moves and participated in various other sports. He took up rowing again in 2000 and continued until 2015, when he got into biking. He has since done self guided tours with his wife and friends in both England and Sweden, as well as doing a cross country ride in 2017 with two friends. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, running, golf and skiing. He also works part time at a local Mountain near Hershey.
Chris came to Ohiopyle to learn to be a raft guide in the summer of 2017 and stayed to guide bike tours! Aside from cycling, Chris loves yoga, rock climbing, farming, philosophy and foraging. Ask him about his bus!
James remembers building tree houses next to a BMX track as a youth in High Ridge, MO, but can’t seem to recall growing up. After a journalism degree landed him in logistics, and a teaching certification landed him coaching tennis; he has come full-circle to rehabbing old houses and riding bikes, and you can’t slap the smile off of his face. A bicycle advocate who has a preternatural sense to wander, has no tolerance for boredom and wasn’t born to follow. It’s easy to see why he loves being a bicycle tour guide.
Dave’s childhood interest in tearing apart bicycles and lawnmowers to make them run better led him to a career in Mechanical Engineering, designing and developing machines. His adventurous spirit has led him on many bicycle touring adventures including several international trips and a recent trek cross-country USA. Dave also enjoys skiing, running, tennis, kayaking, backpacking, and restoring his 160 year old farmhouse. Dave’s friendly attitude will help you enjoy life-in-the-moment with his natural curiosity about his surroundings.
Steve is a kayaker, ski racer, raft guide and bike tour guide at Wilderness Voyageurs. A graduate of West Virginia University, Steve spends his winters as a ski patroller at Canaan Valley Ski Resort in West Virginia.
Montana has been wrenching on bikes for Wilderness Voyageurs since 2010. He moved to Ohiopyle after graduating from high school, then moved to Colorado after college. There he got even more obsessed with bikes and raced both the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race and the Colorado Trail Race. He and his wife came back to Ohiopyle, where they live with their fuzzy yellow cat. Now Montana rips around the trails in Ohiopyle on his mountain bike every afternoon and spends most of his day fixing up WV’s fleet of rental bikes.
Before coming to Wilderness Voyageurs, Kathy was a Park Ranger at West Virginia’s North Bend State Park. Kathy loves hiking, cycling and the outdoors. She decided to bring her big smile and expertise to our bike tours in 2017!
Whether it’s bikes, skis, skateboards, or running shoes, Angelo tries to propel himself forward (and occasionally backward) every day. Angelo is a retired high school biology and ecology teacher, and a purveyor of semi-useful factoids. He is the Training Director for Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and Laurel Mountain Snowsports Schools, a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Education Staff, and a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Megan grew up on the trails of Western Pennsylvania, cycling, running, and hiking through the Laurel Highlands whenever a moment freed itself. Coming to Wilderness Voyageurs in 2019 as the Bike Tour Specialist, she also joined the bike tour guiding team after graduating from Westminster College, PA, and competing on their cross country and track teams. Megan works on site at Wilderness Voyageurs and brings the perspective of a local and an athlete to your tour. In her free time, she enjoys writing, kayaking, travelling, or reading (about where to visit next).
When Tom isn’t guiding WV trips you can find him on the river, the slopes or the MTB trails. Founder and owner of Shred Ready helmets, in his spare time away from adventuring he works as a sales rep for Vandoit Adventure Vans. He’s been riding since he got his Schwinn Stingray in 1972, and he loves both mountain biking and road cycling. Tom has done self-supported rides on both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace.
Josh is a valuable guide here at Wilderness Voyageurs. Josh received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Parks and Recreational Resource Management and Environmental Education at Slippery Rock University. He served as Assistant Director for SRU Outdoor Adventures for two years, guides the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, and Cheat Rivers, and is one of our expert kayakers. He’s also put in guiding time on the Rio Grande in Texas, various rivers in Maine, and two seasons in Costa Rica on the Pacuare River. Josh also loves riding his mountain bike and can name ANY bird you see or hear.
Jim has been interested in bikes ever since he was a child when he found his Schwin Varsity provided both his transportation and escape. Now that he is retired and his kids are out on their own, he has the opportunity to learn more from the experienced riders and do more with biking, sometimes without a plan. In his spare time, his other interests include, skiing, golfing and woodworking.
Philip’s first cycling job was during middle-school delivering newspapers. During college and throughout his career as a software engineer, Philip
continued to cycle for fun and exercise. He went on numerous self-supported bike trips with friends and later with family and new “bicycling friends” on
guided tours. Traveling by bicycle became a favorite way to travel off the beaten path at a perfect pace. It became a lifelong pastime and passion. As
a devoted fan of vacationing by bicycle, Philip is thrilled to share this passion with Wilderness Voyageurs guests to provide fun and memorable vacations.
Marissa first came to Wilderness Voyageurs in 2016 to train to be a whitewater raft guide. She guided in the summers while finishing her Energy Finance degree at The Pennsylvania State University. After guiding the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, Savage and Cheat River, a desk job was far away in the rear-view mirror. In 2018 she came into the bike tour world leading tours on her childhood trail, The Great Allegheny Passage. When she’s not on the water or riding the trails you can find her hiking with her dog or getting some fresh lines on the slopes. Marissa has hiked, biked, snowboarded and rafted in many states across the US, ask her about some of her favorite spots.