Irena is the Canadian behind the team; the motivator and the will-be-writer. Former CAT 3 bike racer, four time Ironman finisher and back-country skier. When not riding her bike or playing with her GSD, Bella, she works in the energy industry, managing hydro and wind operations. Irena leads the Spokeandstories team with grace and grit.

Follow Irena at @irenanetik

and her 2021 adventures Across Washington and the GDMBR WheelyAdventurous.com

Jessica is the peripatetic of the team; born to travel with a storied passport on all but one continent. A three time Poetry on Buses poet, regular bike commuter, and passionate middle school science teacher, Jessica brings a photographic eye, punny poetic ear, and love of learning to the Spokeandstories team.

Follow Jessica at @olivemybike

and her 2020 summer adventure Pedaling the Puget

and her 2021 summer adventure Rhide the Rhine

and her 2022 summer adventure Seattle to San Francisco