24 December, 2014

All Roads Lead to Rome

While the mental hassle and physical challenge of touring in Morocco managed to sap some of our enthusiasm for bicycle travel, it only took a few days in bella Italy to fully rejuvenate our spirits–and then some! For nowhere else does it feel perfectly normal to stop in the middle of a mountain climb, wet from the rain, […]

13 December, 2014

Escape from Morocco

Our time in Morocco has come to an end and, beautiful photos and a few choice memories aside, I coudn’t be happier. And it’s disappointing to say that, as Morocco was one of the three countries I always listed when asked where I was most excited to go (Scotland and New Zealand were the other […]

25 November, 2014

Rolling with the Culture in Morocco

As we crested the last hill in Spain and began our descent into Tarifa to catch the ferry to Tangier, Doug asked me how I was feeling about finally going to Morocco. I had to admit, I was a little anxious about being in our first Muslim country. I read many cycling blogs and travel […]

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 […]

6 November, 2014

Monologue of La Mancha

Well, the timing for that certainly worked out well. Did it? I don’t know. On the one hand, if we had to get sick, I’m sure glad it was while were in a comfortable hotel with a private bathroom and not out in the woods camping. Yeah, but to pedal all the way to Madrid and not leave the […]

27 October, 2014

Cycling the Spanish Sierra

“It’s going to be a six day ride to Madrid.” “I thought you said it was only 400 kilometers. We could do that in four days, three if we had to,” she countered from across the room. “Well, that’s before I saw this.” I  turned the map while pointing at the road marked LR-333. “Look how […]

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 […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 306
Countries Visited: 13
Current Location: United States
Next Up: Japan

Distance by Bicycle: 9,523 miles
Distance by Rail: 872 miles
Distance by Auto: 2,311 miles
Distance by Sea: 4,352 nautical miles
Distance by Air: 4,712 nautical miles

Currently Reading
Doug: "Shogun" by James Clavell
Kristin: "Kansai Cool" by Christal Whelan

Lost Cities (card game)
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Cycling: Seattle to Rome
March 23, 2014 to January 6th, 2015

Days Traveled: 290
Days Cycled: 173

Distance Pedaled: 9,523 miles (15,325 km)
Elevation Gain: 335,244 feet (102,184 m)
Flat Tires: 10
Broken Spokes: 2

Current as of January 23th, 2015

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Jean Cocteau

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Henry David Thoreau
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