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 […]

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 […]

5 February, 2015

The Ghost Town Down the Shore

Having not lived in New Jersey since my teenage years, I should have no reason for knowing the casinos of Atlantic City as well as I do. I shouldn’t be able to reminisce. I shouldn’t be able to tell you about the time, at age nineteen, I made it to the final table of an invitation-only craps […]

23 January, 2015

Surprises, Ghost Stories, and a Road Trip

“Do you see them? Maybe Dad’s sleeping. Do you see anyone?” I hid in the corner by the front door peppering Doug with questions as he rang the doorbell to my parent’s Florida beach house. I had butterflies in my stomach and couldn’t wait to see the look on their faces. After all, they thought […]

12 January, 2015

Detours Ahead

“And then, after Italy, we’ll continue east through Greece and Turkey before heading up into Georgia and making our way across Central Asia to China.” I could see the hotel manager’s imagination was running wild, his eyes widened as they panned across the map of our proposed route. He asked how long it would take […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 427
Countries Visited: 15
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Next Up: Singapore

Distance by Bicycle: 9,523 miles
Distance by Rail: 2,260 miles
Distance by Auto: 2,499 miles
Distance by Sea: 4,352 nautical miles
Distance by Air: 15,134 nautical miles

Currently Reading
Doug: "Magic Bridge" by Thomasina Burke
Kristin: "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" by David Sedaris

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

Cycling: Seattle to Rome...
March 23, 2014 to January 6th, 2015

Days Traveled: 290
Days Cycled: 173

Distance Pedaled: 9,523 miles (15,325 km)
Elevation Gain: 335,244 feet (102,184 m)
Flat Tires: 10
Broken Spokes: 2

Current as of May 23rd, 2015

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That’s What He Said…

We’re a cross between our parents and hippies in a tent.

Jack Johnson

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

G.K. Chesterton

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

St. Augustine

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

Tourists leave home to escape the world, while travelers leave home to experience the world.

Rolf Potts

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

Timothy Ferris

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

Kurt Vonnegut

Wonder is an offensive against what we know.


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

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