Keep Moving

I don’t really believe in Murphy’s Law because, ultimately, I’m an optimist; however, I do find it interesting that as soon as I posted about how smooth the waters have been, I got hurt. And it’s not that the waters have been rough ever since, it’s just that they have not been as awesome.

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Temperature Check: Month 4

Now that we’ve been on the road for a few months, this very strange thing is happening. People keep asking me to stop with the façade that all is well in #VanLife and tell me how things are really going. 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

It’s a ferry, not a cruise

It’s a ferry, not a cruise. After an interesting 3 days of interacting with the Alaska Marine Highway System, I find it prudent to write a proper synopsis in hopes of informing other travelers of our experience. Continue Reading

Items I can’t live without (Jon’s Take)

In a previous post Pamela talked about items that are important to her (so far) on this trip. I agreed with some of the things on that list. The following are items that I feel are things that I enjoy, appreciate and/or couldn’t go without during #VanLife and regular non-travel life. The following list is in no particular order, expect for how it just rolled off the fingers and onto the keyboard. Continue Reading

Basic Needs

Admittedly this post could have been combined with “Items We Can’t Live Without” but I felt like breaking it up would make more sense in my brain. However, for the sake of future adventure Van Lifers, I’ll add a link to that post here and another to “Routine” so that the magic of Google and hyperlinks can keep all this stuff organized in one semi-thread. That’s how it works, right?! I’m so techy.

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Routine

Humans often gravitate towards routine, some of us more than others. I thrive off routine, mostly because I’m a fairly anxious person who finds comfort when expectations are managed, hence my love of routine. I was worried that lack of routine would increase my anxiety on the road. Not true. Continue Reading

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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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. 

Van life and the PLT

Van Life is all that it’s cracked up to be and more. I knew that buying the Sprinter (bucket-list mobile) was the right choice. When you know you know. 99.95% of the time my gut has lead me in the proper direction to or away from, people, places, things, opportunities, etc. I never had reservations about the Sprinter buildout and the overall purpose of the purchase… to live life while we (Pamela and I) can and not have any regrets. Continue Reading