Robert Thompson (ret921)

About Me

Self Employed
Married / In a relationship
Travel, Freelance writing, photography, tennis, soccer, cycling, and investing.

I grew up in the Chicago area. I attended Evanston Township High School and then Northern Illinois University on an athletic scholarship. I received a BS in Accounting and, later on, an MBA from the University of Chicago. I spent 9 years with a major public accounting firm and then 20 years with mainly large companies in various financial positions.

I started Far and Away Cycling in 2002 after I decided it was time for change.

Far and Away Cycling has grown to offering tours in 10 countries with more on the way. For me, biking is a fun way to explore new destinations and meet people. Rather than simply passing through a place, you become part of it. The tours are all well planned, but there are always unplanned encounters, opportunities to explore something different and a chance to learn.

It's not without challenges, but yes, I do have a very fun job.

Eddy Merkx, Paramount, Fondriest, and 25 yr old Specialized Rockhopper
Lost on Planet China by Martin Troost. I don't think we will do a bike tour there.
Far and Away has been good for me. I've learned a lot, seen a lot and have met a lot of great people.

Tour Info

N. Albania, Montenegro, Tour of Crete, Namibia
Corsica, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Vietnam, Laos, Indochine, Canada, India, Sikkim, Cambodia, French Alps, Albania, Tuscany, Nepal, Montenegro, Namibia, Peru
Redspokes - Laos; Graham Baxter - Corsica; VBT - France; and lots of self contained explorations