Kasia is the Director of Bike Tours here at Wilderness Voyageurs. If you have visited our stores and noticed all of the great gear and incredibly styly outdoor clothes, you are familiar with her handy work, she has been the Retail Manager for 12 years. 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 committment to both details and having a good time.One of her favorite questions of folks, “What will you remember in five years?” She believes this should steer how you live your life. If you have the opportunity to bike with her, be warned, she likes to climb hills.
Whether it’s bikes, snow skis, skateboards, or running shoes, Angelo tries to propel himself forward (and occasionally backward) every day. He knows enough about bike maintenance, cooking, and ukuleles to get himself into trouble, and is a purveyor of factoids. In the off season (off from bike tours), Angelo is a high school biology and ecology teacher, the Alpine Training Director for Hidden Valley Snowsports School, and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Eastern Division Education Staff.
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. He has been guiding the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, and Cheat Rivers for 11 years and is one of our expert kayakers. He has 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 isn’t just at home on the river. He loves riding his mountain bike and can name ANY bird you see or hear.
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.
Gary Smith remembers his first 10 speed bike a long time ago. Several bikes later and bike adventures in over 20 states and 3 countries, Gary now enjoys more biking time as a retired State Park employee. Decades of inquisitiveness have filled his head with some 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. He donated his marrow in 2000 and his recipient in Sydney, Australia is now 10 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.
Bill Rosche is someone that is rarely found indoors. He is a retired Marine who completed nearly 30 years on active duty where he traveled extensively in Africa, Western Pacific and Europe. He finished the Ironman Japan triathlon in 2008. After his military service he completed the National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator Course and Wilderness First Responder training. He is also an experienced adventure racer and mountaineer. When not paddling his whitewater kayak or riding the local mountains, he can be found fishing and hunting the streams and forests near Ohiopyle or hiking, climbing and fishing the back country of Colorado, Wyoming or Montana.
Taylor has been a member of the Wilderness Voyageurs staff since 2010. This McKeesport native started his career with the company as a whitewater raft guide, then moved toward guiding bike tours as he became more interested in cycling. In the summer you can find Taylor rafting the Youghiogheny River, mountain biking around Ohiopyle or hiking in the Laurel Highlands. His favorite winter activity is skiing powder in Colorado.
Raina has always been an active athlete. She came to Wilderness Voyageurs as a whitewater raft guide, but then fell in love with our area’s rail-trails. She’s decided to put her degree in sports studies to perfect use by leading Wilderness Voyageurs bicycle tours! Since her move to Wenatchee, Washington, Raina has been guiding trips out west – her favorite so far is our new Idaho Coeur D’Alene and Route of the Hiawatha.
Richard has always had a love of the outdoors, including hiking, camping and biking. After graduation from Penn State he worked for Bethlehem / Arcelor Mittal Steel Companies as Area Manager of large ingot production at the Bethlehem and Steelton, PA. plants as well as running his own surveying and engineering business. Retiring in 2012, after 36 years, biking and traveling has taken center stage. Richard enjoys bicycle touring and looks forward to sharing his excitement with the guest as they tour with Wilderness Voyageurs.
Dave is from Broomall, Pennsylvania – one of our many guides from central PA! He’s always had a love of the outdoors, and spent the spring of 2017 riding his bike across America on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route. He dipped his rear wheel in the Pacific in San Diego on March 11 and the front wheel in the Atlantic in St Augustine on April 30. 45 days of cycling, 5 planned zero days and one forced rain day. 3138 miles total, 70 miles of cycling every day on average with an average speed of 14mph!
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. His engrained smile has grown from multi-state, annual self-guided treks, to rides to the market, and, of course, multiple tours with Wilderness Voyageurs. 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.
Brian is one of our guides with the most bicycle touring miles on his wheels. This Rochester native started touring at the age of 16 when he completed his first 1000-mile solo tour. Brian built up his first custom road touring bike in 1977 and got involved in mountain biking in 1984 with a Ross Mt. Rainier which he still rides. Brian is also a Life Member of the Adventure Cycling Association and completed Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course. Using Adventure Cycling’s maps, he has crossed the country coast to coast, border to border and has logged too many other adventures to count. Brian’s doctor claims he is “freakishly healthy”, which Brian attributes to a life of cycling as a lifestyle. He is constantly planning his next bike adventure.
When he’s not busy riding, Frank enjoys craft-brewing beer and honey mead. He also enjoys occasional baking for his friends and family. Frank’s done lots of self-supported bike tours. Some of his favorites were riding through Acadia and around southwest Ireland. You’ll see a lot of Frank on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal. If you’re lucky, he might even let you try some of his mead!
Betsy is a freelance writer and Registered Nurse from Lyons, Colorado. She gets excited easily, usually about sleeping under the stars, speaking Spanish, road trips, bike rides, homegrown food, and accidentally finding the Grateful Dead hour on public radio.
John is one of our many talented bike tour guides! A native of St. Louis, you’ll see him on the Katy Trail. He’s a jack of all trades who’s been a chef’s assistant, caddy, bar tender and co-owner of a restaurant. Now John lives in Montrose, Colorado and rides his mountain bike as much as possible.
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!
Chris is a newer addition to the WV bike tour crew. He 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!
Bill joins the WV bike tour team after retiring from a small plumbing business with his brother, giving him lots of extra bicycle time. A couple years ago Bill rode across the U.S. on the Trans Am trail, which was a great experience, giving him new faith in small-town America. Bill has been a whitewater kayaker for many years and has done a number of multi-day kayak trips on Western rivers, including the Grand Canyon. Bill also spends his free time hunting deer in PA and elk in Wyoming.
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!
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. Having fun is a priority. Paul also loves to travel to far away places to ride tours he designed himself, in the US and abroad. A recent favorite tour was a week long loop around the Outer Banks with his girlfriend, Lori, and their dog, Remi, riding in the front basket of his cargo bike.
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!
Joe retired in 2011 from a career in the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Industry. He is an active outdoor person enjoying cycling, hiking, fishing and traveling. Enjoying all types of cycling, he believes every ride to be an adventurous gateway to meet new people and see wonderful places.
Nic is currently scouting tours for Wilderness Voyageurs in her home state of Florida, and in the state she calls home, New Mexico. Her professional guiding life started in 1986, first on rivers, then rocks, then trails. Now it’s all about the bike — work that has included four cross-country trips. She feels that one of the best things about a bicycle tour is the opportunity to experience a new road every day. When not in the saddle, you might find Nic volunteering, pet sitting or tinkering with an old but new-to-her mini RV named Val.
Tom is 54 years young and living the dream in Colorful Colorado! When he is not 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 sale 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.
Sandra is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she lives in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, Santa Fe, NM . She is a full-time Wilderness Instructor and Outdoor Adventure Guide, and she started leading Bike Tours in 1992. Most recently, she led the full length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Her favorite tour experience of all time was moving from New York City to Seattle, Washington, on a bike. Before the trip, she didn’t know anything about touring — she just bought Adventure Cycling maps, a bike, and panniers, and hit the road with a friend. Sandra loves leading bike tours because she loves to travel, explore new places, meet folks from all over the world, experience different cultures, and, most of all, for the challenge of balancing fun with professionalism.
Marissa is a super-talented guide! She started out guiding rafts on the Youghiogheny at Wilderness Voyageurs, and her love of active travel brought her into the bike tour guiding world in 2018. As well as guiding Class V rapids, Marissa has been a gymnast, a cheerleader and a ski instructor in Utah. While at Penn State University, she studied business, energy and finance. In her free time, Marissa enjoys kayaking and hiking around Ohiopyle State Park.
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 native of Accident, Maryland. He’s been with the Wilderness Voyageurs team longer than most of the management! A former raft guide and ski instructor at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Steve loves nature, snow sports and cycling. He fits right in!
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. Once he left the big city for Ithaca, N.Y., to spend more time with his kids and focus on homesteading, he realized how deeply he missed the tour guide lifestyle. Later, on a ride with some Wilderness Voyageurs guides, handshakes were made and he was back in the game. 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.
Bob is from da ‘Burgh, and came to Wilderness Voyageurs through his volunteer work with the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Greenway Sojourn. You may have the good fortune of pedaling with him on the Great Allegheny Passage or the Katy Trail.