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 […]

15 October, 2014

Three French Weeks

As Doug mentioned in his post about Quebec, we start nearly every interaction in France with the same two sentences: We don’t speak French. Do you speak English? We receive far more “no” responses than we expected. Everyone tries to help and fortunately we are usually able to communicate our basic needs like finding a […]

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 […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

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

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

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That’s What He Said…

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.

Billy Connolly

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

Christopher Morley

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

Ernest Hemingway

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

G.K. Chesterton

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

The future’s uncertain and the end is always near. Let it roll, baby roll.

Jim Morrison

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

Samuel Johnson

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

Charles M. Schulz

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson
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