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  1. flight 30: a brief return to the pnw

    21 Oct 2016

    A year and a half ago, I left Vancouver looking out of the plane window, not really believing what was happening. Seeing isn’t necessarily believing. It was so terrifying to me that I refused to think about it. I was scared about how to get my bike to the hostel…


  2. india: kindness shouldn’t cost anything

    21 Oct 2016

    If Hanoi’s Old Quarter was a wave of culture shock, then Old Delhi was a Japanese tsunami. Total destruction. In its wake, 30-some hours after arrival, Addie and I shuddered in our dark little room battling a violent round of food poisoning. There are few things that will bring two…


  3. beached: indonesia, singapore & the philippines

    29 Jan 2016

    It was a strange feeling, alone for the first time in months, in a cab, hurtling down the freeway away from Bangkok, no seatbelt on. That feeling of imminent change was pooling inside me, coupled with a distinct taste of desertion, because I’d left an Aussie back at the hostel…


  4. laos & thailand: same same but different

    23 Dec 2015

    “The good news is that to get from Siem Reap to Vientiane, the bus won’t cut through Thailand, so we only have one border crossing to do. The bad news is that it’s going to take 18 hours. You OK with that?” I asked a sleepy could-not-care-less James after the…


  5. cambodia: tropics, temples & tarantulas

    13 Nov 2015

    Here’s the route from Ho Chi Minh City through Cambodia and out into Laos I’d heard all sorts of horrible things about the overland border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia, but it was simple. Fingerprints, show pre-acquired e-Visa, get back on the very long bus ride to Kampot. Cambodia’s road…


  6. vietnam ii: no more motorcycle

    08 Nov 2015

    Here are the stops and routes I took after I dropped my motorcycle back in Hanoi. The red is a small motorcycle ride from Hue to Hoi An, and the green is all the fantastically exciting bus rides I took When I first arrived in Hanoi, it was overwhelming. Chaos, disorganization,…


  7. northern vietnam by motorcycle

    13 Oct 2015

    If you mention riding a motorcycle in Southeast Asia to someone, chances are the first thing they say is how dangerous it is. “So many tourists die doing that.” Well, let’s look into that quick fact for about 30 seconds, because I absolutely love ripping apart quick facts. Most…


  8. sailing in croatia

    26 Sep 2015

    Here is the Croatian “island hopping” route I spent a couple of weeks in Switzerland with family. I had no idea where to go next. I wanted to do Italy, Greece, Croatia and Eastern Europe but the weather wasn’t going to hold through November. I toyed with the idea of hiking…


  9. over the alps

    05 Sep 2015

    Here is my route from Paris to Menton (it’s not exact, Google won’t display bike coverage) On my way out of Paris I biked past a homeless man who was sleeping in a tent pitched in a bike lane. Is that legal? Can I do that? I struggled out of the city, dodging…


  10. 8,015km: italy, switzerland & excess tornanti

    05 Sep 2015

    Here is my route from Menton, France to where I am now The Mediterranean heat was unbearable and I headed north to flee the heat and vacationing tourists into… nothing. Long distances between waterspouts and further distances between grocery stores had me stealing grapes from vineyards. The freak storms that…


  11. the loire valley & my parisian birthday

    05 Sep 2015

    Here is my route since I left off at Mont. St. Michel For whatever reason, dogs chase bikes and I had a number of farm mutts chase me from Mont. St. Michel to Nantes. You see why I am a cat person? When a cat sees me on a bike,…


  12. holland, belgium & france

    05 Sep 2015

    Here is my route from Giethoorn to where I am now. This is Google’s route. I took a few detours due to construction and Google being less than ideal. A Dutch cyclist told me he doesn’t use Google anymore: “Google thinks that your goal is Point B, but really, the…


  13. iceland ii: the name of the wind

    05 Sep 2015

    After recharging in Reykjavík (one day and two entire packages of pasta), I set out on my backwards adventure north along the west coast. In Hvalfjörður, “whale fjord”, I set up in Hvammsvík I had no urge to make an attempt at going further north than the western peninsula, The…


  14. halló, iceland

    05 Sep 2015

    I wrestled my bike into its box and lovingly wrapped it in packaging tape. My luggage and bike were plunked onto the airport scale, the number creeping up to a total of 114 lbs. Cringe. I was charged zero for heavy bags and zero for bike shipping, courtesy of a…


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