J. R. has worked as a nurse, biologist, outdoor educator, paper delivery boy, tree planter, hot shot firefighter, tree sprayer, ordained minister (universal life church), and goof off.
He became interested in bicycle touring when at the age of 14 met a group cycling across the United States and going through Yellowstone Park. The next year he joined a month long tour through Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. West Virginia. He was hooked.
Since then J. R. has biked numerous places including Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: including the Great Divide from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.