Exploring Paths is the vision of its founder Katherine Long, who discovered a true love for biking while an exchange student in Germany. She loved the freedom bicycling brought with it as she explored all the small towns near her host family. As much as she enjoyed bicycling, it became a somewhat absent part of her life until her move to New York City in 2010.
New York can be a very hectic and demanding place to live. Soon, city life started to take its toll and in a quest to find an escape from the hustle and bustle, Katherine stumbled back into biking. She started out renting bikes and ultimately invested in a road bike. Katherine loved the experiences of exploring ‘off the beaten’ paths that she was given. They unlocked another world for her and she quickly realized that the fun, the freedom and access to the outdoors that she had experienced years ago in Germany was still achievable from the concrete confines of New York City.
Ultimately, it was through those off-the-beaten path rides, a friend’s gift of a biking journal, experiences in mentoring youths in NYC, a co-worker’s nudge, and amazing support from friends and family that led her to start Exploring Paths.
The idea is simple: combine consistent access to the active lifestyle of biking, with one-on-one mentorship, journaling and exploring nature, and you allow a child to step back, have fun, stay fit and explore where they might want their own life paths to lead.