Racing to the Bottom :: Realities of Life as an Airline Pilot

When people find out I was an airline pilot, nine times out of ten, the response is something akin to, “Wow, no wonder you can afford to ride your bike around the world!” I usually respond to this kind of statement with a quick insider lesson on the realities of the US airline industry in which I focus upon dispelling the myth of huge salaries and lavish lifestyles. Most people [Read More…]

Wonders of Land & Sea :: San Andreas to Marina Dunes

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

~César Chávez

A colorful mural lining the streets [Read More…]

Berkeley to Half Moon Bay :: A Defining Peak

After spending weeks off of our bicycles with friends in Berkeley, CA, we decided to soften our transition back into our saddles by making our first day on the road a short one. Our goal was to make it to the coast and camp at Half Moon [Read More…]

Berkeley :: Our Haven

Our time in Berkeley allowed us to catch up with friends, take care of bicycle maintenance and equipment warranty issues, and to recover from an unexpected setback.

Spending time with friends Jason, Sujatha, & Sathya was simply wonderful! We had many days and nights filled with engaging conversation, laughter, board games, story-telling and bicycling. And did I mention [Read More…]

Reuniting with Friends :: Vacaville to Berkeley, California

We cycled out of Davis half-heartedly, part of us really wanting to get a room and spend another day exploring the area, but a part of us also wanting to make as much headway as possible, anxious to get to Berkeley and spend time with dear friends we hadn’t seen in years. On our way out of [Read More…]

California, Here We Come!

We left Omaha in the middle of the night, boarding the California Zephyr a few hours later than expected. Previous hesitations over dropping the extra dough for a sleeper car quickly dissolved into gratefulness for our foresight. Our train attendant, Linda, had already turned down the beds in our “Roomette” so [Read More…]