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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 working at Microsoft within 3 weeks of returning home, it’s been difficult to watch him scuffle between selling his soul…

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 bit of adventure too.  Guess what, I got it.  Thursday I decided to ride down to Portland area for work…

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 the Project team managing the global partner ecosystem and driving App Store growth.  Going to be lots of challenging but…

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 moments when we were sitting quietly in the house.  It is getting better now.  Running errands in Issaquah and getting…

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 same way.  The house is wonderful, but way too big.  The food is awesome, but way too much.   The friends…

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 it!  40,368 miles safely and soundly.   13 ½ months on the road starting in Seattle doing 33 US States, 6…

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 it again with the 2013 Overland Expo.  In addition,we’ve had some awesome visits with friends and family along the way and saw…

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, if not welcoming. 
Once we turned the corner and started our pleasant ride down the twisty Hwy 94 towards San…

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 – Sunday May 5th.  I have barely slept as my brain keeps tossing and turning about the logistics of our…

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 to shit, followed by great.  That would be Saturday the 27th of April.  We were all fired up to get…

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 a bribe.   In Honduras, on two separate occasions we were motioned to the side of the road by Federal police. …

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 than enough to circle the globe. Oh the things I have seen from the seat of my motorcycle and the…

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 and Luisa live in Antigua, so it made for a very pleasant stay for the holiday.  Antigua is one of…

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 often appreciate the most. Like right now. I am sitting in the center of San Jose del Pacifico – a…

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 out today. And that is exactly what I did – even though the original plan got slightly modified in route.…

El Salvador: the little country with a big heart

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Why is that I never have any pictures of us in the heat of the moment, when my moto is laying on its side, mirror spun around, GPS kitty wompass and my pannier dented to hell?  It’s because when you have a knarly wipe out, the immediate reaction is to get busy picking it up and assess the damage.   I’m…

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 way to make my visit an especially fun time, so I wanted to share some of the highlights from my…

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 the El Salvadoran pacific coast and we are prepping for a simple breakfast listening to the endless waves breaking onto…

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 luck.
Actually today has been a very nice day, but we got a slow start as I had to change…

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 any particular place to go. I rode myself as Gaila and the http://www.overlandingtheworld.com/ crew (Jeff & Monica) lounged by the pool…

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 yesterday too:-) and that was nice after a very busy week with my son Elliot here for 8 days. More…

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 deserts, mountains, coastlines, jungles, islands, prairies, canyons, tundra and pine studded forests.   By the time we’re done we’ll have clocked…

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 on legitimate lane splitting through Panama City and Gaila did great.

So let me elaborate.   Yes, we would so love…

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 Valley B&B Not only did we have a super comfortable stay with great food and conversation, but Gary (fellow BMW…

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 but who knows. Haven’t really asked, just observing. But safe to say I have definitely been one of the more…

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 be.  We are part of a small group of travelers who ever make it to this great site and experience…

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 a second section. OMG, each days ride is SO amazing…
Well, here I sit 9 months and 5 days into…

End of the World – Or so it was supposed to be…

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When Gaila and I started into Mexico, we had a couple of expectations:
1.  Diving into the local culture as much as possible
2.  Eating as many street tacos as we could find
3.  Appreciate the beauty of this wonderful country – from cities to mountains to beachs, etc.
4.  Find fun roads and ride dirt whenever it made sense.…

Wet n’ Wild in Guatemala

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We’ve been in Guatemala for 5 days now and it’s been nothing short of adventure.  It’s captivated our attention from the get go.  Crossing the border took 2 dreadfully long hours, not because it was difficult but because it was so grossly inefficient.

Guatemala border crossing.

Gettng stopped at Police check in Belize

Crossing borders importing a vehicle requires multiple…

Camping South of the Border

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If you’re thinking about touring Mexico and Central America and want to camp along the way but are uncertain if it’s smart or safe, then you’re like us and likely haven’t found any much information on the subject.  And because of that the little information we could find led us to the conclusion it just wasn’t the best idea.   We…