Month: May 2018

Chris’ Spanish cheat sheet

A big goal of this trip is learning Spanish. We actually make a great team in communicating. Soph is much better at listening, and I am much better at talking. Imagine that. Combine our brains and we can actually get quite a bit done. I wanted to make a sheet with some of the more Read More

Travel logistics for June

The next month is going to be a bit of a whirlwind.  We have to pack up and leave Utah in the next week, then fly to Detroit to spend a few weeks with friends and fam, then fly to Seattle, then hop on a ferry to Alaska.  We will be cruising up the inside Read More

Trials of a resident alien

One of the logistical challenges I’ve recently been focused on is my immigration status in the U.S. I moved to America nearly a decade ago, in 2008. Since then, I’ve graduated from being an H1-B holder (a working visa for specialty occupations) to a conditional permanent resident (a green card given to a spouse of Read More

Top 5 reasons to not take a satellite messenger on an international tour

A nameless friend whom I love dearly has been lobbying hard for us to take a satellite messenger with us on this trip.  Actually, she has been lobbying hard for us to get a satellite messenger ever since we moved to Utah and upped our weekly consumption of potentially deadly activities.  If you’re not familiar Read More

Simple gear list for your first tour

I recently added a budget page to the site.  When we initially began planning this trip, we worked the finances out on the back of a napkin.  Surprisingly (or not surprisingly if you know my ability to SWAG) once I put everything into a spreadsheet our napkin turned out to be spot on.  I also Read More

Gear: Tidy Cat Panniers for $15

A few things about me: I like to reuse things I like to make things I like to make things out of reused things I don’t like to spend money on new things when a thing made of reused things is available I have been using a set of panniers that I made out of Read More

Statistics is mathematicians lying to you

Last weekend two good friends and one total stranger shared an article with me about a pair of European cyclists that were murdered in Southern Mexico.  One of them also sent an article discussing how more Americans are murdered in Mexico than all other countries combined (unless you include the US of course).  I’d be Read More

Gear: Bubble Wrap Laptop Case

I was mulling over all of my options for laptop cases a few weeks ago.  My laptop will be going into my Aquaquest rolltop drybag, so keeping it dry should not be an issue.  It will be bouncing around on the back of the bike though, so padding seemed important.  Like most days these days, Read More

Logistics: Shipping to Alaska from Utah

Getting our bikes to Alaska is a bit of a trick. The simplest way to go about it is to just ship them straight to Homer. But when we first looked into this, we got quotes ranging from $250 to $1,000 per bike.  We are shipping two bikes and a box of gear, so that Read More

Gear: Custom welded clamp on drop bars

I recently teamed up with www.bikehacks.com for an article about my clamp on drop bar adapters.  I wanted to have a variety of hand positions available for comfort, but as usual nobody made what I wanted.  Check out my article to see how I built them and how I almost cut my finger off. Read More

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