A beloved fixture in Flagstaff, Cosmic Ray Brutti could always be seen riding his bike around town, and took annual bikepacking trips through Europe for more than 40 years. In 2013, he submitted a weekly Live from the Road correspondence to Flagstaff Live! documenting his experiences and the connections he made. His wife Marcia Wiesner reached out to Flag Live! shortly after his death this past October to relive some of these stories with their daughter Elena.

"May his adventurous spirit and open heart live on, long after he is gone," his family wrote in an obituary published in the Arizona Daily Sun. "We like to think that he just exploded out into the universe in the end, becoming the Cosmic Ray he was always meant to be."

Take a ride down memory lane with us as we share Brutti's words again and travel alongside him through nudist resorts in France and the Camino de Santiago in Spain via screen—the safest way to travel during these COVID times. 

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