A Grab Bag Of Awesomness

When you’re traveling in a van for over a year and you read about a gravel road ride/race based out of the state you grew up in…you put a flag in the ground on the date of the ride and make a point to attend. While on the ferry ride from Bellingham, Washington to Haines, Alaska, this is exactly what Pamela and I did after reading a blurb about the Franklin Land Trust D2R2 in Outside Magazine, #D2R2 Continue Reading

A Family Recipe…

From the moment you’re a little kid you get the impression or idea that you’re supposed to find a partner and start a family. This view is slowly changing but for my generation and from my perspective it is still the perceived recipe of “success” or the “All American Dream”…Thanks Norman Rockwell. Continue Reading

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

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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By land and sea

As I sit and write this I’m enjoying the cuddling company of Penny Love and I’m partly watching “All Is Lost”, staring Robert Redford. Think of Castaway but with less dialog and more man and boat vs. the sea interaction with lots of CGI work. Not the worst movie nor the best, but it does serve as a reminder of how quickly things change out on the open ocean and how lucky I am to not be alone in the journey of life. Continue Reading