Independent Tourist runs Self-Guided Cycling Vacations


After a lifetime of cycling throughout the world, Henry and Sandy started Independent Tourist over 17 years ago.

The trials and triumphs of their many adventures have been carefully selected to curate their personal favorites. Our self-guided tours offer easy to moderate rides with reasonable distances while keeping relaxation and comfort in mind. Independent Tourist began as Henry and Sandy’s side business, but now has turned into the family business, and is expanding.

The next generation of family owners and operators have recently acquired leadership of the company. We, Bob Grace and Joey Grace, will continue their level of cycling expertise and customer service while keeping it a family business. Both have been with the company for a combined ten years of cycling experience, including professional races and events. Betsy Silzer recently joined the team to provide a deeper insight into the adventure vacation industry and her experience of employment from a few large cycling companies and organizations.

With our combined experience of cycling and marketing, we look forward to the future of Independent Tourist, as more people see cycling as a source of relaxation, and see us as their provider for those quality, worry-free vacations. We look forward to continue the same personable service, develop more destinations, and provide quiet, relaxing vacations.

Bob Grace and Joey Grace
Henry Curran and Sandy Meskimen
The Independent Tourist, LLC

35 years ago, I set off with my parents and 15,000 news friends, on the ever famous RAGBRIA cycling tour across Iowa, which sparked my love for touring by bicycle. Little did I know the adventures that would follow. I headed straight out of college to travel the world for 12 years as a professional tour guide with a major adventure travel company. It was there that I met my husband, a fellow cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. After a 17 years hiatus to raise our daughter, I am ecstatic to be back in the bicycling touring industry with Independent Tourist.

Like my previous experience, Independent Tourist strives to offer carefree and luxurious cycling vacations by taking care of the necessities while our customers enjoy a fantastic ride! In contrast to my life as a guide, there is no group schedule to adhere to, no set dinner, lunch or breakfast times and no one has to listen to me describe the route every morning…what a plus! Everyday is another opportunity to explore at whatever pace chosen, stop for meals whenever, wherever, and discover new things along the way without having to worry about luggage, shuttles, lodging or getting directions. Independent Tourist has the travel details covered. The concept of self-guided travel by bicycle without the travel hassles is brilliant!

I’m excited to see where this new adventure with Independent Tourist will lead!

Betsy Silzer