#MilesOfCactus

After 11 months on the road, we were finally in punting distance of Boulder which meant two of our good friends could intercept us.  With a couple of months of planning, we met up with Kevin and Charlotte in Tucson, Arizona for some riding, hiking, camping and hanging out. We all knew there was good mountain biking in the area, but we were in search of groads, fewer cars and more smiles. With a little plotting and scheming on Ride With GPS, I had mapped out a ride that would tick off all the boxes: Continue Reading

Alaska: Cars Welcome Here

“Car back.”

“Oh good!”

In my normal cycling life, i.e. in the Lower 48, I prefer to stay away from cars. I search out dirt roads and work-arounds to avoid traffic. One of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with riding dirt roads is that, by nature, the traffic frequency is generally less and, therefore, I get to enjoy the ride a little more. Continue Reading

Items We Can’t Live Without (the month 2 edition)

IMG_3342I am trying to remember all the topics I googled in preparation for our departure and I am doing my best to report on such topics as we gain insight and our days in the van increase. Perhaps our blog will come up on someone’s hit list and it will offer some insight. As I keep a promise to myself to expose our day-to -day van life experience, I have come to appreciate a few items more than others. I believe as the year presses on this list with change and evolve. It’s not exhaustive but it’s a start. Hence forth is our list of items we can’t live without (the 8 weeks in to the trip edition)

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Opening The Road at The Sea Otter Classic 2016 (neither about the sea, nor otters)

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Apparently The Sea Otter Classic is about bike racing, but not for me. I don’t race bikes, I don’t want to race bikes, I just want to ride bikes. In fact, I don’t particularly care about bike racing, is that wrong? With the exception of a few friends I have who happen to be professional cyclists, because I live in Boulder after all and it comes with the territory, I really don’t care much about race results. I care that my friends survived the race unscathed and that they are enjoying themselves, but that’s about it. For me, Sea Otter is about a big community hang out and hug and it feels good to be here.

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Community: A Love Letter To My Boulder Family

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Approximately 10 years ago one of my oldest and closest friends was getting married. She asked all of her guests to participate in the wedding ceremony by sharing their answers to the statement “Love is…”. Easy! Love is … friends so close you call them family.   Continue Reading

Brain Injury Podcast

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Recently Jon & I were invited to participate in a brain injury podcast by our friend George Thomas from Over The Top Media.  Not only is George going to follow us during our journey in Ellie, but he’s highlighting a special part/reason for our journey which focuses on the concussion Jon sustained from being hit by a car in July of 2013.  Brain injuries, from the mild to the traumatic, have profound impacts on peoples lives and those impacts need to be discussed & exposed because if we don’t, then the darkness that comes with these injuries becomes too much to bare.  If Jon and I can shed a little bit of light, hope, reality on this profoundly complicated topic for survivors and their families, then we will continue to share our experiences and insight. Professionally and personally, brain injuries are woven in to my collective life experience.  My parents have taught me how to do the best with what we have been given and I hope to do the same, even it’s as simple as helping Jon recover and cope with the effects of several concussions.  Have a listen to our interview here as we push back our departure date just a few days in order for necessary upgrades to the heater & battery are made.

*Disclaimer: As a physical therapist, I have never been interviewed or recorded so this piece makes me feel a bit exposed, but I’m with that 🙂   Admittedly I’m a little “off” my PT game in some of my responses due to nerves.  So, medical community, please be gentle. I will get more comfortable and detail oriented as time goes on. Thank you for understanding.