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The Micro-Start XP-1

The Micro-Start XP-1

It’s not often an experienced mechanic sounds giddy over the phone, but Dave Anderson sounded giddy when he called me from his Flagstaff, Arizona, shop, the Good Carma Garage (which really should be a radio program). “I just bought this thing off a tool truck, and you...
Mazatlan How We Love Thee

Mazatlan How We Love Thee

We arrived in Mazatlan fresh off the boat, and with no map we made our way through town to the Zona Dorada (The Golden Zone) in which the RV parks are located.  After some tediously uninteresting and un-blogpost worthy activities such as laundry and unpacking, we...
Happening Halong Bay

Happening Halong Bay

You Sing! You Sing! The karaoke microphone was thrust into Jim’s hand by the cheering crowd. Thick smoke circled the room, becoming increasingly worse as the passing tobacco bong was alternated by chain smoking cigarettes.. I sat silently, waiting to see what he would...
The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

WARNING: This blog post contains graphic content. We highly encourage you to read it for your own education, but be aware that you will probably find it disturbing. There is a high school in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia, known as S21. The facility is no longer used...
The Imperial Citadel of Hue

The Imperial Citadel of Hue

Hue is the former capital of Vietnam, situated nearly in the center of the country. It is an easy city to get a hang of, split down the middle by the Perfume River, boarded by an appealing boardwalk.  The weather is infamously bad,  with the Truong Son Mountains...
Driving the Alcan

Driving the Alcan

When traveling, there are moments when I think “we are really adventurous” or “I can’t believe we just did that” (such as the time we got lost on a solo hike in the Hmong Villages in Vietnam near the border with China and had to hitchhike on the back of motorcycles...
Why we are driving next time

Why we are driving next time

Why we are driving next time July 28, 2013 The following are accepted facts when booking transport in Cambodia: Two hours will mean four… or more. Descriptions like ‘VIP’ and ‘Air-con’ are unrelated to the actual trip you are booking (they are simply added to make the...
How to Cross the Street in Saigon

How to Cross the Street in Saigon

I started to step into the street, my foot hovering in the air as my knees shook with fright. Heat, humidity, and exhaust fumes engulfed me as the air literally shook around me from what appeared to be thousands of vehicles swirling on all sides of the round-about. It...
Peru Part 1

Peru Part 1

So I have to back track in order to bring the blog up to date. The next few blogs concerning Peru covers what turned out to be the most challenging and adventurous rides on the trip. After escaping across the border from Ecuador into Peru the first town we came across...
2013_05 Vietnam NW

2013_05 Vietnam NW

              2013_05 Vietnam1, a set on Flickr. Our first week in Vietnam with our BigBikes was exciting! This is a photo story from the Laos/Vietnam border crossing, riding the Ho Chi Minh trail up North to Sa...

Health Preparations

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor.  Don’t base any health decisions on the information on this page.  I mention this only because it seems to be the done thing; frankly, anyone looking to a random blogger for medical advice probably deserves their parasites. All travel...
Feliz Año!

Feliz Año!

Yes, I’ve been lazy. We’ve been on our vacation (within a vacation). Back in La Paz (September), we decided that the Cancun area would be a good meeting location for the holidays. My family is awesomely up-for-anything when it comes to travel and fiercely...
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam- that one word still has the power to create mixed emotions and adamant reactions from many Americans. What we found was a fascinating country, a crossroads of French and Asian culture, and a complicated history. With none of the pre-conceived ideas that taint...
Cambodia, Take 3!

Cambodia, Take 3!

If anyone asked me how many times I’d visit Cambodia it may have been uhhh once.  Never did I think I’d have to get a Cambodian visa 3 times!  The day after we got back from Vietnam we just could not get our asses out of bed.  We had felt like we had been through a...