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 June, 2015

Peeling Back Singapore’s Shallow Veneer

Letting our curiosity get the better of us and knowing our flight would connect in Singapore anyway, we decided to spend a few days in the world’s most expensive city. We needlessly compounded this mistake by foregoing a hostel in favor of cashing in some of my slowly replenishing loyalty points for three nights at the […]

22 May, 2015

Warrior Poses and Dragon Tongues

My right leg is wrapped around my left, thigh over thigh, foot tucked behind my calf. Sometimes. My quadriceps quivers as I entwine my arms, the palms flat against one another in front of my forehead. My left leg begins to wobble as I sit back onto an invisible chair as my elbows reach up and […]

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 […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 493
Days Cycled: 197
Countries Visited: 17

Distance Pedaled: 10,585 miles (17,034 km)
Elevation Gain: 383,015 feet (116,744 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

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Doug: "Obscene Thoughts" by Dave Pounder
Kristin: "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield

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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

You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have no fear of discomfort.

Jean Cocteau

It’s career suicide — but it beats working!

Jeff Kruys

Riding a bicycle is about getting back to basics. It’s good for the waistline and it’s good for the wallet, is what I’m saying.

Phil Keoghan

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.

Robert M. Pirsig

The man who stays in the lodge by the fire grows not cunning and strong.

Jack London

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

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

H.G. Wells

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

Christopher Morley

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

Rolf Potts

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