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 […]

18 July, 2014

Manhattanhenge 2014

We interrupt this month off the bikes to share a series of photos I took last weekend in New York City. Our good friends Alan and Katrina traveled east to spend a week with us in New Jersey and that nonstop whirlwind tour of city, beach, and amusement park landed us in Manhattan during the […]

8 July, 2014

Jersey in July

We rolled up the driveway of Kristin’s parents’ house in Far Hills, New Jersey on Saturday, June 28th, following a trail of red and yellow balloons through the last couple turns of our 4,885 mile journey. Sisters, parents, and our niece and nephew maintained a constant watch for our arrival, ready to provide just the […]

24 June, 2014

Pedaling Down Memory Lane in Maine

“We’re turning south from Quebec to Vermont and New York and then back to New Jersey to visit family before going to Europe.” This was our plan since we left Seattle over three months ago. Then one morning in Quebec, we woke up and decided to continue east into Maine and Acadia National Park. Doug […]

8 June, 2014

Bienvenue Cyclistes!

Perdon. Nous bicyclette de Seattle, los Etats Unis. Je ne parle pas Francais. Parlez-vous anglais? Oui? Tres bon! Merci beaucoup! The change came at once upon crossing the Ottawa River. Or, as the map upon my handlebar said, the Riviere de Outaouais. The first of a week’s worth of La Route Verte signs lay just a kilometer beyond the […]

27 May, 2014

Great Lakes, but Not-So-Great Roads

For the past two weeks, we have been cycling the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron on a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway from Thunder Bay to Sudbury, Ontario. We have been surrounded by beautiful scenery, even if the weather and road surface have been much less than perfect. While the population along the […]

12 May, 2014

Transitioning Seasons and Attitudes

I’ve watched enough Weather Channel over the years to know that Minnesota is notorious for its lengthy, frigid winters. I did not, however, expect to see icebergs on Lake Superior. Nor did I expect to push through the occasional snowdrift alongside Lake Bemidji, or be told we might not get to go canoeing at the […]

29 April, 2014

Hills, Headwinds, and a How-d’ye-do

Hills, headwinds, and hearing “Howdy” everywhere you go aren’t the first things that come to mind when thinking about North Dakota. As part of the Great Plains, we expected pancake flat roads, mostly tailwinds — we were headed East — and lots of not-so-friendly truckers in town for the recent oil boom. Boy were we (and […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

Cycling
Days Travelling: 183
Days in the Saddle: 115
Countries Visited: 8

Distance Pedaled: 6,629 miles (10,668 km)
Elevation Gain: 203,916 feet (62,154 m)
Flat Tires: 4

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

Currently Reading
Doug: "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Kristin: "The Aftermath" by Rhidian Brook

Lost Cities (card game)
Doug: 5,848 points
Kristin: 5,724 points

Current as of September 21st, 2014

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