Our First Stage :: Cycling USA Video

Our shadows chase us the entire way, rejoicing in the sunlight while we do all the work.

It seems like only yesterday that we pedaled out of Burlington, Vermont to begin our around the world adventure. As you may remember, we were supposed to leave way back in April of 2011 but had to take care of a tiny project before we [Read More…]

Soaking up the last of California

Sunset at South Carlsbad State Park

From Oceanside, CA we had planned to ride to San Elijo State Park, but on a hunch we decided to stop and check in with folks at Carlsbad State Park. We had already hit a couple of state parks that had been unexpectedly closed on our route, and without the state updating their websites or answering their phones to indicate closures, [Read More…]

Leaving Los Angeles :: Meeting Friends Old & New

Kai & JP cycling to breakfast in Hermosa Beach.

After spending a couple of days exploring Los Angeles we were ready to move on, but not before visiting with friend JP over breakfast in Hermosa Beach.

JP had moved from Vermont to Los Angeles for his job as a web developer and we hadn’t seen him for over a year so we were excited to find out how he [Read More…]

Los Angeles :: Visiting Swrve

Kai on the L.A. Metro

I’ll never forget the first time I slipped on a pair of messenger knickers. It was love at first rotation. I recall thinking, why haven’t I had a pair of these before? Super-comfy – thanks to the lightweight, woven, four-way stretch fabric – I’ve come to realize that messenger knickers are to cycle touring what bridle [Read More…]

Santa B to Santa M :: Signs of the Unraveling

Leaving the beautiful shoreline of Santa Barbara behind.

The 90 miles (146 km) between Santa Barbara and Santa Monica brought us a combination of meandering bike paths and roadways, with each mile pulling us into more aggressive vehicular traffic. It was obvious we were heading toward a great metropolis so we reluctantly filed away our memories of the serene and secluded coastline of Big Sur and pulled out our [Read More…]

Santa Barbara :: Meeting John Jones

After a wonderful night’s sleep at Refugio State Park, we rode through Goleta then on to Santa Barbara for the evening. We couldn’t help but stop to window shop as we made our way to the Agave Inn, a sweet little place, which we strategically picked due to its proximity to our scheduled appointment with world-renowned and master wheel builder, John Jones. [Read More…]