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Twenty, Twenty

5652 km so far. More often than not, during this past week, 20 km has taken us close to two hours to ride. Today, for the first time in what feels like a really long time, we managed a 20 km hour. This used to be our average. Ever since we left Stockholm a week […]

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Wish I Was Home And Dry

5450 km so far. This morning I woke up more tired than when we went to bed. Around 12:30am, a car had driven up the bike path near our tent and several men got out. They walked up and down, talking and shouting to each other. There was a lot of banging. One guy had […]

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Beautiful Ride

5391 km so far. Today began beautifully. Rolling fields of wheat, punctuated with rocky islands covered in pine trees. Winding country roads past farm houses, the sun shining, and a sign for the shortest named town in the world. Almost immediately Dan Bern’s song Beautiful Ride (from the movie Walk Hard) popped into Jane’s head, […]

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Playing The Cards We’re Dealt

5296 km so far. Today, we were dealt a relatively poor hand, but we did the best we could with what we were given. We spent a lovely morning on the dock where we camped, getting clean and getting fooled by the hot, sunny weather. Two Things You Should Know About Riding In This Part […]

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Opportunity Cost

5215 km so far. One of the recurring themes in the yoga classes I have been teaching is Taking Opportunities. You need strength to step out of your usual routine and take a chance. You need focus to discover what you want, but you need focus, as well, to maintain the effort needed once you […]

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It’s A Gathering

5154 km so far. I love spending time with people. New people, old friends, people who I have things in common with, and people who I don’t. Every interaction is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to discover. This, in part, is what our current journey is about. What Was That Bang? I was awoken […]

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Small Change, All Change

5128 km so far. Today we rode 90 km of fairly easy terrain, so I had lots of time to let my mind wander. I started wondering how some friends and family are coping with the major changes taking place in their lives. My friends Scott and Julie have had a new baby, moved to […]

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Roam If You Want To

5033 km so far. When we started this trip in Rome more than four months ago, we had big plans for free camping. We wanted to pay for as little accommodation as was reasonable all the way to Russia. Part of what we wanted from this journey was to be adventurous, to save some money, […]

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The Small Things

4965 km so far. When people ask us about our bicycle tour, they often want to to know what crazy or amazing things have happened along the way. We don’t really have any wild stories though, so we have to tell them that it’s all about the small things. On this kind of trip, even […]

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Persistence Pays Off

4855 km so far. When I woke up this morning and unzipped the tent, this was my view. Life is good. Actually, I had woken up at 5:30am and the view was also spectacular. Luckily, the person who owns the cabin in front of which we camped did not arrive any time in the night, […]

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