8 August, 2016

Traversing the Enchantments

I hadn’t seen a cairn in at least ten minutes. But there were boot tracks, and I knew we weren’t lost. The trail had to be down there somewhere. Still, this provided little comfort as I stared down a vertical cliff, wondering how we were going to descend from a ledge we shouldn’t have come to. We […]

13 June, 2016

Backpacking the Teanaway Valley

If you were to ask me, interview style, what my biggest weakness is, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer. Not with my body aching as it does from sunburnt head to blistered toes. No, I would not pause in telling you that I often underestimate the challenge of my grand ideas. I don’t come up short, but […]

12 April, 2016

Day-Hiking the Central Cascades #1

Long before embarking on a two year cycling odyssey, prior to our amassing a stable of nine different bicycles (now only three), and before my love affair with mountain biking, we were hikers. Kristin and I stole away whenever we could during our college years to go backpacking. It wasn’t easy with my Saturdays being spent […]

4 April, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Photos

I set an impossible task for myself. While assembling a collage poster for our home, I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a list of my Top 10 favorite photos from our trip. That I took over 22,000 photos during our travels wasn’t of concern, as I had deleted a large percentage of them. I figured […]

5 January, 2016

Fill a Basket of Travel Dreams

Our touring bikes remain nestled inside the shipping boxes in the garage. We’ve swapped out our merino wool wardrobes; Kristin for an assortment of business attire, me for denim and fleece. We no longer stream pixelated movies on a thirteen-inch laptop, but now chomp our popcorn in front of 65-inches of magic that we first […]

10 December, 2015

Day 628: Flying Home

The bags are packed, we returned the scooter, handed back the key to Rendira II, and indulged in one final massage. By the time this post goes live, we’ll be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, flying a circuitous route from Bali to Australia to Los Angeles and onward to Seattle. From takeoff in Bali to touchdown at […]

24 November, 2015

A Four-Star Surfing Finale

The fish watches me as I scoop the floating cempaka and frangipani flowers out of the tub so I can shower. I don’t know why this particular koi always swims over to observe me as I bathe. I know it’s the same fish; it’s the only one the color of guava and the size of […]

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 […]

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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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That’s What He Said…

Perhaps we have overrated roots as a psychic need. Maybe the greater the urge, the deeper and more ancient is the need, the will, the hunger to be somewhere else.

John Steinbeck

The point is to be where you are, soaking up the present.

Levi Bridges

It is easier to travel by bicycle than with bicycle.

Dave Herlihy

To travel is better than to arrive.

Robert M. Pirsig

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

Lao-Tzu

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

You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have no fear of discomfort.

Jean Cocteau

Wonder is an offensive against what we know.

Unknown

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley

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

Charles M. Schulz

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