18 November, 2014

Looking Back at Europe

The thing about a trip like this is you don’t realize how far you’ve come until you’ve done something you once thought impossible. Then it hits you all at once. It was the case when we first sniffed the Atlantic Ocean in Maine and realized that, yes indeed, we did pedal our way across North […]

13 November, 2014

DIY: Eliminating the Need for Ortlieb Rack Spacer Clips

The Problem: There’s a lot of information and recommendations available to the beginner bicycle tourist, but some things have to be learned through experience. One of those things that nobody tells you is that saddle sores get really itchy after you take some time off the bikes. Another is that there is a major defect in […]

13 October, 2014

5 Cheap, Light, and Useful Items Under $5

The dozen bags strapped to our bikes are stuffed with all manner of gear, clothing, electronics, and other pieces of kit that many would consider essential or, at the very least, obviously useful for long distance bicycle touring. But those panniers and duffels have also come to contain a handful of very small items whose usefulness far […]

1 October, 2014

Forget Portland

Mass-participation, organized bike rides aren’t for everyone, but their popularity can’t be ignored. The most famous — infamous? — typically have the prefix Trans- in their title or are commonly known simply by their alphabet-soup acronym. I’ve ridden a few of these some years ago. Rides like R.A.M.R.O.D., Trans-Rockies, and S.T.P. to name a few, the latter of […]

16 September, 2014

Bike Culture: The Real Dutch Treat

“If you think the cycling infrastructure in Germany is good, wait until you get to the Netherlands.” We heard this statement over and over from people during the past week as we described our route. The cycling culture in the Netherlands and, in particular, Amsterdam, really can’t be fully described in words. There are literally bicycles […]

1 September, 2014

To GPS or Not to GPS

That is no longer the question. After making our way across North America without the use of GPS (and sometimes without a map or directions) I have turned the stress of navigation over to Google and Garmin. You see, worrying about what we were missing wasn’t the only burden of route-planning that was proving too heavy to […]

15 August, 2014

Scotland: There are No Wrong Turns

“Of course I’m biased on the route I would take, as I’d always go West to the Highlands!” The island of Great Britain is less than 8% the size of the contiguous United States, but it presented a very big question: Which way should we go? We began our trip through the United Kingdom in […]

1 August, 2014

Atlantic Crossing

After four wonderful weeks in NJ visiting family and friends, we are back on the road, or more accurately, sailing towards new roads. We boarded the Queen Mary 2 on July 28th to begin the international (sorry Canada) portion of our trip. We’ll land in Southampton, UK on August 5th and the following day board […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

Cycling
Days Travelling: 245
Days in the Saddle: 158
Countries Visited: 11

Distance Pedaled: 8,880 miles (14,291 km)
Elevation Gain: 295,527 feet (90,078 m)
Flat Tires: 8
Broken Spokes: 2

Distance by Sea: 3,428 nautical miles
Distance by Rail: 592 miles

Currently Reading
Doug: "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles
Kristin: "A House in Fez" by Suzanna Clarke

Lost Cities (card game)
Doug: 7,972 points
Kristin: 8,028 points

Current as of November 22nd, 2014

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That’s What He Said…

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

G.K. Chesterton

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

H.G. Wells

May many another youth be by me inspired to leave the smug safety of his rut and follow fortune to other lands.

Everett Ruess

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley

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

Jack Johnson

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

Plato

Perhaps we have overrated roots as a psychic need. Maybe the greater the urge, the deeper and more ancient is the need, the will, the hunger to be somewhere else.

John Steinbeck

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

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

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