Seeing the World Differently

Seeing the World Differently

Last week, a friend and I made a two-hour road trip to visit another of our friends from college . It was a particularly windy day, as storms were brewing off to our west. Even from the comfort of her minivan, we could feel some of the impact from the...
Our Relationship with REI

Our Relationship with REI

REI. It’s a place that has become more and more a part of our lives over the years, and this week, we want to devote a blog post to its awesomeness. Our relationship with REI goes back almost as long as our relationship with each other. The first time we...
The Five-Year Mark

The Five-Year Mark

Five years! That’s right, this week Dave and I celebrated five years of marriage. What a gift! If you’ve read our blog for very long, you’ve heard us say this before, but seriously…  one of the best parts of the two-year bike tour was all the quality time we had...
A Concert and Thoughts on Life

A Concert and Thoughts on Life

My blogging has, unfortunately, slipped to bi-weekly at best. I am going to work to improve that! But I have been wanting to share for a couple of weeks now about the Steven Curtis Chapman concert we attended here in Nashville at the end of February. We got the tickets...
Gear Review, Part 3

Gear Review, Part 3

Time for the third round of reviewing our gear and equipment! This week I’m discussing some of our clothing items and relevant accessories. In the previous weeks I reviewed the bikes and their accessories, as well as the bulk of our camping gear. Please note:  there is almost no way...
Gear Review, Part Two

Gear Review, Part Two

On to part two of our gear review series! I’ll just jump right in… if you want some context for this, please read the last post, which explains this series and gives a detailed review of our bikes and most of the accessories that went on them. This week I’m...
Gear Review, Part One

Gear Review, Part One

In preparation for a bike tour, one of the biggest components of the planning process is researching, selecting and purchasing your gear (or kit, as the English call it). It’s an enormous undertaking, and in our team of two, the weight of these decisions was shouldered primarily by Dave (and...
Job Hunt Update

Job Hunt Update

When we were on the Tour, people were always full of questions for us about our trip. The gamut ranged from the simpler, “Have you had many flat tires?” (Yes. DUH.), to the more complex, “How does your bum survive all that time on a bike seat?” (I’m still not...
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A Holiday Recap

A Holiday Recap

We didn’t do much posting about the holidays throughout the actual season… we were a bit occupied with finishing up the “Where We Slept” series, then we were on the road with the travels and family fun that come along with Christmas. So we thought we’d share some pictures and updates of what we’ve been...
Where We Slept: Part 3

Where We Slept: Part 3

Here we are… part 3 of 3 on “Where We Slept.” In the previous two posts, we addressed our different sleeping arrangements as well as our strategies for finding somewhere to sleep each night (based on region). So, this post should be a bit shorter, mostly answering questions we’ve received, both recently and over the...
Where We Slept: Part 2

Where We Slept: Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series summarizing our sleeping arrangements and strategies for securing them over the course of our world bike tour. (Yes, I said two-part series last time, but the topic seems to keep growing as I write about it.) Last week, I showed this graph which gave a percentage breakdown...
Where We Slept: Part 1

Where We Slept: Part 1

This is part 1 of a two-part series. There’s so much to be said about planning for sleeping and the actual execution thereof on a bike tour. So, in this first post, for those who are generally curious, we’re going to give a breakdown of the places we slept on our world tour. Next week,...
Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes

We said before we departed on our “big trip” that we hoped we would come back changed. We hoped we would see the world differently, and that our journey would shape us in a unique way. There’s no doubt this happened, though probably not in the way we thought. (And probably in some ways we...
Fall Weekend Fun

Fall Weekend Fun

We’ve now been in Nashville for a whole three and a half weeks–which means this is, by far, the longest we’ve been in one place in more than two years. So we were itching for a bit of tangible adventure… more than what hours of scouring the internet for jobs can provide. So we decided...