17 August, 2015

Photos: Traditional Cretan Wedding

In no hurry to complete our lap around Crete too quickly, I turned to AirBNB in search of some cheap digs to rest our tired legs and found a great place in the small village of Kritsa nestled in the mountains of central Crete, not far from our general direction of travel. A small one-bedroom apartment […]

16 July, 2015

Lapping the Salento Coast

Red-legged grasshoppers bounced, leapt, and ricocheted off the ground, our bikes, and our panniers as we pedaled our way along a rocky road, flanked by endless fields of barren farmland stretching to the horizon. Hundreds, if not thousands of these insects, a swarm unlike any I’d seen before, scattered like ping-pong balls on triggered mousetraps […]

2 July, 2015

Brutal Cycling in Beautiful Abruzzo

I’m a fan of symmetry and even numbers. I like bookends that match, months with thirty days, and I love that my half-birthday is on April Fool’s Day and that my mother’s birthday is my brother’s half-birthday… and vice-versa. Neat and tidy, even-Steven. Whoever he is. When it was time to plan our return to Italy, […]

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 […]

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Not-So-Vital Stats

General Stats
Days Travelling: 525
Days Cycled: 215
Countries Visited: 18

Distance Pedaled: 11,153 miles (17,949 km)
Elevation Gain: 420,609 feet (128,203 m)
Flat Tires: 10
Broken Spokes: 2

Distance by Rail: 2,260 miles
Distance by Auto: 2,659 miles
Distance by Sea: 5,101 nautical miles
Distance by Air: 29,887 nautical miles

Currently Reading
Doug: "The Iliad" by Homer
Kristin: "Last Train to Istanbul" by Ayse Kulin

Lost Cities (card game)
Doug: 12,002 points
Kristin: 12,836 points

Current as of August 29th, 2015

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That’s What He Said…

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

Plato

It’s career suicide — but it beats working!

Jeff Kruys

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

Rolf Potts

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain

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

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

Billy Connolly

We’re a cross between our parents and hippies in a tent.

Jack Johnson

It is easier to travel by bicycle than with bicycle.

Dave Herlihy

Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgement.

Timothy Ferris

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.

St. Augustine