3 November, 2015

India Time in Sri Lanka

We saw the new high-rise buildings of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, hours before we reached land. And it would be hours still before we saw them from the city streets. Our first encounter with Sri Lanka, like those of many who visit neighboring India, was one spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Though we […]

22 October, 2015

The Chair and the Stool

I stood by the table, wallet in hand, waiting for the owner of the roadside restaurant to tally up our bill. Instead, he simply wrote the number 40 on the back of a scrap of paper. “Forty lira,” I asked “for kohvalti?” I was shocked. We shared a single plate of olives, vegetables, and cheeses […]

3 October, 2015

Turkish Overload

Anybody who’s ever gone abroad for any extended period knows that sooner or later you end up doing something while travelling that you wouldn’t ever consider doing while home. Travel is funny like that. It has a way of stripping away your inhibitions, filling you with courage, or even leaving you in such a desperate situation that […]

15 September, 2015

Photos: Flying Above Cappadocia

We’ve turned the corner back to the west, to Istanbul, after spending three wonderful nights in the heart of Cappadocia’s fairy tale landscape. The central Turkey region of Cappadocia, a name dating back to the Persians meaning “land of beautiful horses”, contains multiple extinct volcanoes that, over the thousands and millions of years predating ours, […]

9 September, 2015

Stopping for Turkish Tea in Anatolia

We pushed our bikes past hundreds of Syrian and Afghan refugees lining the waterfront in Kos, their point of entry into Europe and, hopefully, a better life. Tens of thousands of refugees crossed the waters of the Aegean from Turkey to the easternmost Greek isles of Kos and Lesbos this summer; we arrived in Greece some seven weeks […]

26 August, 2015

The Aegean by Bike and Boat

“You should probably wipe the donkey poop off your neck before we get on the boat.” Kristin rolled her eyes in disgust, splashed some water on her hand, and proceeded to scrub. And after I helpfully pointed out a few brown specks she had missed, she got the last of it off. I don’t share this moment […]

17 August, 2015

Photos: Traditional Cretan Wedding

In no hurry to complete our lap around Crete too quickly, I turned to AirBNB in search of some cheap digs to rest our tired legs and found a great place in the small village of Kritsa nestled in the mountains of central Crete, not far from our general direction of travel. A small one-bedroom apartment […]

9 August, 2015

Greece: A Perfect Time to Visit

We were sitting in Ancient Olympia, enjoying the cooling sensation of the misters attached to a street-spanning maple tree, hoping to stop sweating before our daily salads and souvlaki arrived to our sidewalk table. My shirt was soaked. Mistake number one was visiting the ruins during the middle of the day. Mistake number two — mine […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 597
Days Cycled: 245
Countries Visited: 20

Distance Pedaled: 12,719 miles (20,470 km)
Elevation Gain: 489,040 feet (149,061 m)
Flat Tires: 14
Broken Spokes: 2

Distance by Rail: 2,260 miles
Distance by Auto: 2,659 miles
Distance by Sea: 11,052 nautical miles
Distance by Air: 29,887 nautical miles

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Doug: "Evil and the Mask" by Fuminori Nakamura
Kristin: "The Wind is Not a River" by Brian Payton

Lost Cities (card game)
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That’s What He Said…

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.

St. Augustine

He who travels the fastest, travels alone.

Rudyard Kipling

Confronting a well-made map has all the fascination of opening an exciting novel.

George J. Demko

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.

Ernest Hemingway

To travel is better than to arrive.

Robert M. Pirsig

When you’re safe at home, you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure, you wish you were safe at home.

Thornton Wilder

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

It’s not giving up to put your current path on indefinite pause.

Timothy Ferris

My time with no money is better than my money with no time.

Craig Bierly

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