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WABDR Meets Oregon Outback

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Now most everyone knows it doesn’t take much of an excuse to get me out for a good motorcycle ride, especially if it means riding in new-to-me locations with great friends – old and new alike.   Well that was the…

On the road again to Overland Expo

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Have I said how fantastic it is to be back on the road again?  It feels great. We’ve come up for breath from MotoStays for a month to go Arizona.   We have had one heck of a busy past…

In Honor and with Respect

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So let me start by saying that anybody willing to ride for any reason in this Seattle monsoon season gets my respect.   But today was special.  It wasn’t really about us as riders, rather the men and women previously serving…

Engineering the Future

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  It’s hard to believe we’ve been home for 9 months!  Time flies, even when you aren’t on a journey of a lifetime.  We’ve been busy trying to figure out what our next steps are.   Since Tad jumped back into…

Sometimes You Get What You Need

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Contrary to the popular Rolling Stones song, sometimes you get what you need.   Considering that work has been beyond crazy, getting a bit of riding time in was just what the doctor ordered.  Equally important I was hoping for a…

Cool video links & some landing updates

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Landing: Well, we have been home for almost two months now and we are surviving.  Yes, we are still struggling with some First World Problems but overall things are working out quite well.  I have landed back at Microsoft working for…

Getting Back to “Normal” kind of

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It finally feels good to be home.   Everything seems to be falling into place and not so “unnatural” anymore.  As some of you know, the first few weeks really sucked.  Not the seeing our friends part but rather the quiet…

Hello Blog

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No, I haven’t forgotten about you it is just this whole “landing” business takes a lot of time and energy.  Let’s cut right to the case – I both love and hate for being home.  Pretty sure Gaila feels the…

Returning Home

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It is Monday morning June 3, 2013 and we are really home now.  Yes it feels strange and yes it is wonderful too.  Strange because these things are so foreign to us here at the house, wonderful because we made…

Back in the US – we’ve been busy photos!

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Since we’ve returned to the US, we’ve been making our way back to Washington State taking advantage of seeing lots of cool places in California, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.  Early in our journey we hit the 2012 Overland Expo and were happy to bookend…

Reentry & Landing

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And so it begins… On Sunday Gaila and I uneventfully (for the most part) crossed the Mexican border back into our wonderful homeland – good old U.S. of A.   Despite my concerns the US border guards were pleasant and efficient,…

Anxiety Reigns

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Has it really been almost six months since we have been in our own country?  Yes it has.  Nov 2012 was the last time my feet were on US soil.  Perhaps that is why I am so anxious about today…

3 Different Days

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Well my goodness, the last three days sure have been different.  Wonderful each in their own ways.  (Actually Sat, Sun & Monday.  Wifi & WordPress sketchy. Today is Friday May 3rd :-) I will begin with what started great, then turned…

Corrupt Mexican Police: Beers and Tacos on us

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In the 6 months we’ve been on adventure through Mexico and Central America, we’ve been stopped plenty of times by police and federals.  Here we go… prepare to do some bullshitting and strategize how not to get suckered into paying…

One Incredible Year!

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April 15th means exactly one year on the road for Gaila and I. 12 months, 365 days, 525,600 minutes and what seems like a whole new lifetime spent traveling. Not to mention 35,600 or so miles of adventure. Significantly more…

Guatemala – a week in photos

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As our overland adventure continues, we landed in Guatemala during the most celebrated holiday of the year, Semana Santa (Holy week).  This is a huge celebration in Central America, think of it on the scale of the US Christmas week. Our friends Julio…

Foggy Slice of Heaven

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From Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday April 8 -10, 2013 As long term travelers we are very good at being “on the move.” Indeed, it is normal for us now. Yet, it is the quiet moments, the still moments that I…

Mexico Rocks

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After finishing two days of volunteering workshops at Centro de Espranza Oaxaca Grassroots Infantil that we were leading on geography and global citizenship with 8 – 16 year olds (Thank you Muskoka Foundation) I was ready to get some lead…

Adventure Vacation in Costa Rica

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Just a few weeks ago I was able to visit, and briefly travel by motorcycle with my Dad (Tad), and Gaila, in Costa Rica. It was an amazing time just being there, but of course they went out of their…

Dudes, Dogs & Drunks – Oh My!

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Yikes, way too much effort to get this post up. Sketchy net connection means no supporting video just yet… So these last few days have been interesting. Sometimes quite eventful and sometimes just dull & boring. It is 8am on…

All In a Days Adventure

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Figured I would do just a quick post. This morning our plan was to leave Jeff & Monica (www.overlandtheworld.com) at our wonderful stay in Playa Gigante and head towards Masaya relatively early then maybe get to Managua too. No such…

Eyes Wide Open Adventure Travel

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In one week we will have been traveling for 11 months.  Today was one of the best & worst days.  Let me explain.  It is not that today was so much different than other days except that I didn’t have…

A Perfect Costa Rican Day

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Did I say I love my motorcycle? Lucille, my 2011 BMW F800GS is the perfect tool for this most wonderful trip. Today was proof of that. Gaila and I had the luxury of sleeping in a little bit (we did…

Motorcycle Adventure; reflections of life on the road

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to take career break and experience life on the road, it’s difficult to explain how it feels.  How do you put into words a motorcycle adventure that has taken you 30K miles overland across…

A Milestone Day

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Today was big for three reasons: We went as far south as we are going to for the trip.  We have now turned around and are heading north again. We simply had a very special day riding We did full…

A Days Ride in Costa Rica

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Well……. today was a very mixed bag. First, Gaila and I left Gary Clegg at Angel Valley B&B, just north of San Ramon Costa Rica. What a great stay and super interesting guy. Hope we can go back soon. Angel…

Hostels Rock

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Many of you reading this are over the age of 27. Why is this important you ask, well of late Gaila and I have been trying hostels to save money. I think the average age is about 22 to 25…

Hidden Nicaraguan Gem

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Today was a special day for Gaila and I.  Talk about unexpected pleasures.  Yes we were certainly looking forward to our hike with a guide in Nicaragua but we had no idea how special this little slice of heaven would…

All In A Days Ride…

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Preface: Yesterday I sat down to write this article for one post. As I sat and the words spewed forward I could not fit it all into one post. As such, I am going to come back to it with…