11 November, 2015

The Next Adventure

We were in our cabin aboard the MV Hatsu Crystal, showing the other two passengers the slideshow videos I’ve made. Iris and Wolfran smiled and commented enthusiastically as the past two years of our lives danced across the screen. I was anxious to show them the video of North America, as they had each only ever […]

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 […]

2 November, 2015

Cargo Cruising the Indian Ocean

A steaming bowl of brothy, robustly seasoned, homemade chicken soup awaited us in the Officer’s Mess just minutes after we dropped our panniers off in our cabin, the Purser’s Suite. With that first spoonful, we both felt all of the stress and worry we were experiencing leading up to our meeting the freighter melt away. […]

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 […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats: 03/23/14 to 12/11/15
Days Travelling: 628
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: 36,970 nautical miles

Current as of December 11th, 2015

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