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

Visas

Soph did some research the other day just in case there were any special requirements we needed to be aware of in terms of visas.  We were a bit concerned that this might be a bit complicated with us coming from different countries and needing to visit different embassies for paperwork.  Generally it is easy Read More

Antelope Canyon: Herding Cats

I did not know that a place such as antelope Canyon existed.  It is one of the most dramatic slot canyons that I have seen in my two years in Utah.  About 100 feet deep.  Majestically weathered Navajo sandstone, curving and winding, forming limitless illusions to even the most unperservering of imaginations.  In the depths Read More

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