18 June, 2015

Top 10 Questions We Get Asked

We’re oh-so-close to getting back on our bikes after six months away from our beloved Salsa Fargos and we can’t wait. We spent the last two weeks in Florida at Kristin’s mom’s beach house, joining family in spreading her father’s ashes in the Gulf of Mexico, and are headed back to New Jersey to collect our Ortlieb duffel bags, […]

9 May, 2015

Japan by Train: Skip the JR Pass!

Spend any amount of time researching a trip to Japan and you’re bound to encounter all manner of helpful articles extolling the benefits of the Japan Rail Pass. This pass, a money-saving transit pass available only to foreigners and sold in 7-, 14-, and 21-day durations, allows unlimited travel on the bulk of the Japan Rail […]

4 May, 2015

Welcome to Bali, Boss

Bali is not designed to give a pleasant first impression, especially if you arrive by plane and then, as so many tourists do, head straight to nearby Kuta Beach. Take those idyllic visions you have of shimmering white sand beaches and tubing azure waves; of rice fields and tropical fruit trees; of friendly, smiling locals and […]

20 April, 2015

April in Kyoto: You Might Want to Skip It

The idea of chasing the blooming cherry blossom trees, sakura, across Japan is not new, nor original. Numerous websites are devoted to predicting the ideal time and place to catch the peak of Japan’s national tree as the light-pink flowers spread across the mountainous island nation. It is a thing entirely worth doing. And it was […]

7 April, 2015

Finding Peace in Koyasan

The too-clean granite walkway and evenly spaced stone lanterns went on no further. The unforested, newer section of the cemetery with its hodgepodge collection of minimalistic, ornate, corporate, and grandiose tombs and gravemarkers were behind us. We turned left, umbrellas high in the air – higher than the sun – and soon joined the older, […]

1 April, 2015

A No Fears Guide for Visiting Kinosaki Onsen

“What should I write about?” Someone walking as near as Kristin was may have assumed I was taking requests, but she knew that wasn’t so. After a year on the road together, every single day together, she knows when I’m inviting conversation and when I’m just talking to myself. More than her smarts, her natural beauty, and her kindness I […]

19 March, 2015

Our Grand Hakone Loop

Some days need to be recorded for posterity. Our second full day in Japan, chronicled in this post, was one of those days. It began, like so many mornings on the other side of the world do, wide awake at 4 a.m.  Jet lagged and excited I quietly slipped out from under the duvet, padded across […]

24 February, 2015

A Winter to Remember

The thermometer read -8.7º F (-22º C) when I came down for coffee this morning. The snow outside, blanketing the field out the window of the bedroom-turned-office I spend my days in, fell over a month ago. It doesn’t melt, it only deepens, compacts, and hardens. I had forgotten what winter felt like. Sure, we’d get […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 468
Days Cycled: 179
Countries Visited: 16

Distance Pedaled: 9,798 miles (15,768 km)
Elevation Gain: 349,992 feet (106,658 m)
Flat Tires: 10
Broken Spokes: 2

Distance by Rail: 2,260 miles
Distance by Auto: 2,659 miles
Distance by Sea: 4,352 nautical miles
Distance by Air: 29,887 nautical miles

Currently Reading
Doug: "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling
Kristin: "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell

Lost Cities (card game)
Doug: 9,807 points
Kristin: 10,704 points

Current as of July 3rd, 2015

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That’s What He Said…

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

Samuel Johnson

He who travels the fastest, travels alone.

Rudyard Kipling

Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgement.

Timothy Ferris

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.

H.G. Wells

The whole world is man’s heritage, and as long as I am on this earth I shall feel as much at home by the banks of the Euphrates as by the Monongahela.

Frank Lenz

The future’s uncertain and the end is always near. Let it roll, baby roll.

Jim Morrison

Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me.


The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

G.K. Chesterton

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.

Christopher Morley

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

Ernest Hemingway

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