About Mari Lynch

Since 1981, I am a resident of rural Monterey County. Below is a quick intro. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Mari in April 2009, the month before launching Bicycling Monterey.


My birthplace

I had the good fortune to be born to loving parents, who farmed organically (“conservationist,” Dad would say) along Salt Creek, a few miles from the town of Chestnut, Illinois. Chestnut had a population of 450 (now pop. 250).  Later we moved to the nearby town of Mt. Pulaski, population 1700 (about the size of Monterey High School).

Summer skies of my birthplace, near Chestnut.

View from my home, rural Monterey County

My history on the Monterey Bay

After arriving in the Monterey Bay area in 1976, I lived in Santa Cruz for five years before moving to my present address in unincorporated rural Monterey County.

If you’re curious about my other volunteer work prior to founding Bicycling Monterey, click here for a profile on Linked In, then scroll to “Volunteer Experience…” then “Various roles.”

I am the owner of a writing, editing, and related services business, Fine Wordworking, which serves people in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions and throughout the United States.

Many people know me as Mari Lynch Dehmler. I have a son and daughter, both born and raised here.

My bike advocacy

As you may guess, I love being on my bike. To learn how my love for bicycling began, click here.

Serving as a resource for visitors and locals who like to bike is one of my pleasures. That led to the creation of the Bicycling Monterey website and projects.

The meticulous guidelines required for my professional work can be disregarded for blogging.  Nevertheless, Bicycling Monterey’s necessary tech time competes heavily with my personal biking time. 

Pedaling along the coastal trail and about local and neighboring towns are an enjoyable part of my routine. Yet the power of my own legs, and the deep joy of being on my bike, are best known on long rural rides. 

It’s heartening to receive words of praise for this work and Transportation Excellence acknowledgement. Most encouraging are those people who contribute money, project supplies, or volunteer time to help maintain and expand the Bicycling Monterey resources and projects. Bless you!

KSBW’s January 10, 2010 interview

about Bicycling Monterey’s HER Helmet Thursdays project.