Robert Heidersbach is an experienced engineer, forensic consultant, and former professor who has amassed over 45 years within the fields of corrosion and metallurgy. After serving as a professor for over four decades, Robert currently works as a consultant on corrosion and failure analysis issues for major industrial organizations and for various legal clients. Outside of his professional endeavors, Robert enjoys traveling, biking, and kayaking during his free time.
Over the years, Robert Heidersbach has traveled extensively for both his professional pursuits and his personal pleasure. Robert has taught oil and gas related corrosion courses on over five continents, allowing him to experience a wide range of cultures. He has truly relished the opportunity to explore the world on an international scale as it has presented the unique opportunity to learn from a variety of people, life perspectives, and cultures.
For Robert Heidersbach, travel is all about meeting new people and fully immersing yourself in a new culture. He particularly enjoys learning about the area’s history and taking the time to appreciate the architectural influences that are unique to the region as well. Robert aims to make his trips as authentic as possible and interact with the local people. That is why a great deal of his travel is confined to rural areas and small towns.
When it comes to domestic travel, Robert Heidersbach and his wife enjoy participating in long distance bike rides. In 1999, they decided to ride RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. RAGBRAI is the the oldest, largest, and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Over the course of a week, Robert and his wife rode the 540-miles from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River. There were over 10,000 other riders participating in the event, providing a great opportunity to meet people from all 50 states and many foreign countries as well.
In 2009, Robert and his wife decided to take on The Katy Trail, a 240 mile that follows an old railroad track spanning Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad. The highlight of the ride was when they stopped in Jefferson City, Missouri. The state capital is home to one of the largest wineries in the United States and provided a wonderful place to camp and taste the local wine flavors.
In 2010, Robert Heidersbach and his wife set out for another long-distance biking excursion. This time they took on the Cycle Zydeco. The ride begins in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun country, and continues on to a different nearby town each night. Along the way there are opportunities to take cruises on the beautiful Atchafalaya River and a boat ride swamp tour, listen and dance to Cajun and Zydeco music each lunchtime and evening, attend a crawfish boil, and attend a live performance of Rendez-Vous des Cajuns” Radio Show—kind of like a Cajun Grand Ole Opry, but smaller and more fun. Cycle Zydeco is a great time to party, listen and dance to some wonderful music, and ride your bike past parts of the South that you didn’t know existed. Robert and his wife enjoyed this bike ride so much that they participated in it again the following year.
Back in his home state of Florida, Robert Heidersbach enjoys taking the kayak out on the water as much as possible. His favorite places to kayak include Mosquito Lagoon, which is just north of the Space Center, as well as Pelican Island, which is a national wildlife refuge. Robert enjoys kayaking because it is a great form of exercise that allows you to completely remove yourself from civilization and immerse yourself in nature. While most people are aware of Florida’s alligators, and they do appear, the only time he has been capsized was when an amorous manatee mistook his kayak for a lady manatee. He never saw the manatee, but after a surprise capsizing it was quite a thrill to be underwater and pushing his feet against something big, unknown, and alive.