Essays and Ponderings

A recurring theme brings an end to the trip

Twenty-one months, 8,500 miles, 8 countries, 1 remodeled kitchen, 2 bikes, and countless invaluable experiences and I am hanging up the bike and returning to other life pursuits. Back on the road after a wonderful break in Xela put me face to face with a recurring reality. I don’t particularly enjoy the life of a […]


A Nicaraguan Sunset

A Nicaraguan Sunset

Is life about the search for beauty, the creation of beauty, or the sharing of beauty?


Grappling With Reality

Grappling With Reality

In the last month I have had ample opportunity to face up to my reality. Whether it was the winter weather and roads I faced as I made my way to Portland, or the hurricane my tent and I survived on the Oregon coast, I was constantly aware of my self-inflicted situation. When I was […]


Considering Risk, Reward, and Overhype

Considering Risk, Reward, and Overhype

It has been said before that my decision to enter into the Alaskan wilderness without a weapon to fend off aggressive Polar Bears, hungry Wolves, or protective Moose was foolish and risky. “There is danger around every corner”, I was told, “a danger that can kill and eat you.” If I had heeded those warnings […]


False Assumptions

False Assumptions

I held the false assumption that I would embark on this adventure and spend innumerable hours sipping tea, staring at a beautiful mountain, and pontificating on life; maybe even solving some of the world’s problems, or at least my own. First, I have found it odd that my time on the bike is simply that, […]


One Hell of a Way to Start

One Hell of a Way to Start

Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, Alaska – 500 miles – Leg One The trip has now began, and it did so in great fashion. I have struggled with sitting down to write this first update partly because I haven’t fully processed what I went through on my first ten days of riding, and because I am […]