Ann Marie Brown’s love of bicycling began at age 2, when she commandeered her older sister’s tricycle down the steepest stretch of her family’s driveway and had her first experience with “road rash.” She pedaled her first century tour at age 15, although the ride ended prematurely at mile 82 when her brakes failed on a steep descent in the rain. Fortunately, her bruises quickly healed, and her loving parents chipped in to buy her a new set of wheels. Ann Marie has been falling off one bike or another at regular intervals ever since. (She prefers the term “involuntary dismount.”)
Ann Marie hikes, camps, and bikes more than 150 days each year. She is the author of 13 books with Moon, including several outdoors titlesMoon 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area, Moon California Waterfalls, and Moon Bay Area Biking and is the co-author of California Hiking with Tom Stienstra. Her work has also appeared in Sunset, VIA, and California magazines.