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The Ruins at Palenque

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Palenque is one of the many Mayan cities in Mexico. It was a center for government, commerce and life in the 7th century. Palenque was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site almost 30 years ago, and it’s an incredibly place to visit. The Temple of the Inscriptions was built in the late 670s as a tomb for Janaab Pakal, who…

04/12/2014 – 282 days/25125 miles

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With 25125 miles on the clock since leaving Denver, I’ve gone further than the 24860 mile circumference of the earth. I thought that was kinda cool…
I’ve left Thailand and entered Malaysia.  I’m already missing eating pad thai on a regular basis, but at least the wonderful roads make up for that loss.  So far, I’d say the roads here…

The importance of preparedness

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Or the complete lack thereof…  We felt really quite proud of ourselves yesterday.  Not only did we stay up and enjoy every possible second of ‘nawlins the night before, we also managed to wake up when our alarm went off (despite only an hour and a half of sleep).  We managed to not leave anything in the room, to get…

04/06/2014 – 276 days/24291 miles

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At this point, I had now real plans moving forward…All I wanted to do was head south towards Malaysia. It just so happens that there are a few islands that are popular destinations in the south of Thailand…so, Koh Tao it is!
In Thai, Koh (sometimes written Ko, in order to save ink by eliminating the useless H) is island,…

French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…

03/31/2014 – 270 days/23938 miles

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Getting out of Cambodia was a breeze. I’d heard plenty of stories that there would be extensive waiting and bribery required both while entering and exiting, but I had the exact opposite experience. It’s probably been my easiest country to enter and exit, and no bribes were required on either end.
When I entered back into Thailand, I was immediately…

The one with the booze and the nature.

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A desert rises ahead and falls behind on the journey to Creel. I can’t stop and see everything, to my chagrin. What I would give for another hundred years on this earth…
The route, though quickly deteriorating to remote gravel roads, is surprisingly well signed. Gotta get that infrastructure taken care of to shuttle beer in and precious metals out.…

03/25/2014 – 264 days/23587 miles

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From Phnom Penh, I rode south in the rain to Sihanoukville. The rain wasn’t terrible, but it caught me off guard, as I’ve only seen it rain for about 10 minutes in over two months, and haven’t had to ride in it in that time. And luckily I arrived in Sihanoukville just in time to get my bike unloaded before…

03/20/2014 – 259 days/23208 miles

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Here’s a couple more stops I made in Phnom Penh.

First, the Royal Palace

And I saw this guy at a temple near the palace…the patron saint of concussion prevention

Next up, some fun at a military base. Thank to a little bit of corruption, its possible to go to a range at the base and shoot some of their…

Kolyma Highway Photos – Winter Biking – 2000km Yakutsk to Magadan

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Well, there are many stories to tell from the last couple of months. The 2000km from Yakutsk to Magadan was a fantastic ride, made all the more memorable by the incredibly kind, generous, hospitable people I met along the way. My journal is full!

Winter Biking Kolyma Highway

But this blog post is not for telling those stories with words.…

03/18/2014 – 257 days/23208 miles

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Two places I knew I needed to visit in Phnom Penh were the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka S-21), and yes, they’re as depressing as they sound.

 
First off, if you don’t know much about the Khmer Rouge, I recommend looking into it a little bit. It’s been interesting to learn about…

Embracing Airlie Beach

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Before we left on our round-the-world, Australia was high on our list of must-see spots. However, four weeks into our East coast road-trip from Byron Bay towards Cairns, we just weren’t feeling it. Tired of long days of driving and exorbitant prices, we were heading North to see friends in Port Douglas, but still searching for the magic we had…

03/16/2014 – 255 days/22904 miles

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Another stop I made in Siem Reap was at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

The museum was founded by Aki Ra, a Cambodian with a pretty fascinating life…He was born in 1970 (he was only able to confirm his year of birth recently), and at age 5, his parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. He was placed in a Khmer…

03/15/2014 – 254 days/22870 miles

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There isn’t a ton to do in Siem Reap, but the one thing there is to see is pretty magnificent…Angkor Wat, or rather, the entire Angkor Complex.

If you want information and history on the place, there’s plenty out there, and I don’t really feel like typing a bunch right now, so all you’re gonna get is some pictures.
Angkor…

03/13/2014 – 252 days/22870 miles

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I saw two different temple sites today. In the morning I went to Koh Ker, then stopped at Beng Mealea on my way to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker consists of 180 individual sites spread out over 30 square miles. Not all the sites can be visited, as the area was previously heavily mined, and some of the areas have not…

03/12/2014 – 251 days/22781 miles

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While doing some more detailed planning of my route through Cambodia, I was having issues with what I was seeing on my map, and what I was seeing on Google Maps.  Seems like there were lots of main roads missing from my map, and often times, the route different roads took was not accurately portrayed.  Turns out, the map I…

03/08/2014 – 247 days/22472 miles

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Today had to be my most physically exhausting day so far.
It involved good asphalt, crap asphalt, gravel covered asphalt, hard packed dirt, loose gravel, looser gravel, washboards, rocks, ruts, sketchy bridges, steep hills, sand, silt, river crossings, and falling.
I loved it.I love the fact that I did it, and that I am now drinking beer instead of riding.…

03/07/2014 – 246 days/22224 miles

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Turns out Ban Nahin is on the northern portion of “The Loop” in Laos. Although I didn’t feel like riding the whole loop, I figured I’d make my trip from Ban Nahin to Pakse a little longer and ride the north, east, and south portions, rather than just taking the west side, which would’ve been much faster. The west side…

03/05/2014 – 244 days/21885 miles

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From Phonsavan, I had a long day of riding to get to Ban Nahin, which is near the Kong Lo cave (Tham Kong Lo)
I’m starting to find that as soon as you get off the few main roads in Laos, long stretches of dirt become fairly common.
I’m also starting to find that I’m getting more tired with each…

03/03/2014 – 242 days/21590 miles

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This happened yesterday.

I wish I had a more exciting story to go along with the picture, but all I have is this boring explanation…
I stopped to take a pee. I flipped the kickstand down with my foot. The kickstand hit a rock and bounced back up. I assumed that the sound I heard was the kickstand settling into…

03/01/2014 – 240 days/21308 miles

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The ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area, might have me convinced that Laos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

And the food at all their little roadside restaurants is amazing as well
One day in Luang Prabang was spent riding around, getting lost…one particular road I took seemed to get less and…

02/23/2014 – 234 days/20922 miles

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Vang Vieng is an interesting place. The landscape is absolutely beautiful, and there are endless possibilities for what one could do while visiting.

Unfortunately, however, pretty much all that the place has become is a huge party. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my beer, but drinking from the early afternoon until the early morning every day is a bit…

02/18/2014 – 229 days/20637 miles

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Crossing into Laos was fairly simple, other than the fact I had to wait in line in the heat for a couple hours to get my visa.
I immediately noticed a fairly different feel to the traffic and roads. The roads were decent quality, but definitely not what you get in Thailand. And the traffic was a bit more unruly…it…

02/16/2014 – 227 days/20478 miles

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Pai almost had me sucked in for an extra couple days, but Bo and I decided to stick with our plan to stay there for 3 days. We headed back to Chiang Mai, and then split and I continued north to Chiang Rai.
I only stayed in Chiang Rai for one night and the main thing I wanted to see…

02/13/2014 – 224 days/19678 miles

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The ride from Mae Hong Son to Pai was probably the best portion of the loop yet.
Yet again…great scenery, on a windy and well paved road.

           

Pai is a bit of a hippie town, which first came on the radar for westerners in the 60s and 70s. This has carried over to current…

Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

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Oh where do I start?!
I think for now, I will just show you the photos from the last couple of weeks.
Mostly it was too cold to stop and take photos… sometimes when I did, the camera wouldn’t work anyway. When it’s -40C and colder (when I woke one morning from the bivvy, it was -50C), priorities are about…

UP ~ A Love Story

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Two young kids, longing for adventure, meet up in an abandoned house, the lone members of the “Spirit of Adventure” club. They grow up, marry, and dream of traveling to Paradise Falls in South America. But, reality intervenes, and each time their savings jar is filling, a problem occurs, a broken down car, a hospital visit, you know, adult stuff.

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Barranca de Cobre – Copper Canyon

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Copper Canyon is a place that many adventure riders talk about, but seemed too far off the map to me until now. So I’m happy to be able to go off the map literally and get to see it. The National Geographic map I bought in Arizona has so far shown straight roads where there are miles and miles of…

Through Sonora to Chihuahua and Basaseachic Falls

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After leaving Alamos and heading back to Navojoa I turn northwest on the Mex 15 and head toward Obregon. My pilot/navigator, lol, has suggested a route that takes us across the valleys and low hills of Sonora toward the mountains that will lead toward Copper Canyon. The road we plan to take is a secondary road, whatever that means, but…