Tonight: Willie and Kat kick off tour to support the John Wayne Trail

If you have never heard Willie Weir and Kat Marriner spin a yarn, get yourself to Cascade Bicycling Center in Magnuson Park 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) for an evening that promises laughs and heartwarming positivity.

Seriously, these are special people, and Seattle is lucky that they call our city home when they aren’t traveling the world creating new stories to bring back.

Unlike many of the far-flung places that make up many of their stories, tonight they are focused on one very close to home: The John Wayne Pioneer Trail (AKA the Iron Horse Trail). This rail-trail crosses the state, though sections of it are big need of improvements.

So not only will you get to hear some great stories tonight, but your $10 suggested donation will go to the Friends of John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

They will then take their talk on the trail hosting an event Wednesday in Ellensburg and Thursday in Spokane.

More details from Cascade:

Adventure Cyclist columnist Willie Weir and his partner Kat Marriner have been cycling exotic and amazing places together for twenty years … then they got a dog.

Tiva came to them via Taiwan. Rescued from a garbage dump, this scared little Formosan Mountain Dog was deemed “The Reluctant Traveler.” For the next three years, Kat and Willie worked with the goal of taking Tiva on a bike trip. Little did they know that the trail they’d selected was a recent rescue as well.

If you love bicycle travel, or dogs, or public trails, you won’t want to miss this heartwarming tale of love, patience and persistence.

Join us at the Cascade Bicycling Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11, or catch Willie as he travels to Ellensburg and Spokane to present!


Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Cascade Bicycling Center

7787 62nd Ave N, Seattle


Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Gallery One Visual Arts Center

408 N Pearl Street


Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Mountain Gear Headquarters

6021 E Mansfield Ave, Spokane Valley

Suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Cascade, our partner organization Washington Bikes, and other partners are working in support of funding for improvement of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, the nation’s longest rail-trail. Search our blog for stories about biking the JWPT.

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