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Find something to do…

July 13, 2011

Places of Interest My favorite part of trip planning is Googling “awesome things to visit in (our next stop).” With a little searching you can always drill down past the usual recommendations for fancy restaurants, beautiful vistas and famous museums and dig up the really interesting and esoteric finds like: Touring a Jelly Bean Factory in […]

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On the road north…

July 7, 2011

In preparation for our trip to Alaska next year we’re taking a vacation / scouting trip up north. We’ve loaded up the bikes with our usual assortment of camping gear and we’ll be riding up the California coast, cutting over for a short stop in Bend, Oregon, continuing to Portland to visit some friends and […]

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35 Summers is heading to Bonneville Speed Week!

July 5, 2011

35 Summers will be making a quick trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week this year. Our plan is to arrive sometime in the late afternoon on Friday, August 12th, enjoy a full day on the salt Saturday, and head back home either Sunday or Monday. We’re not exactly sure where we’re going to […]

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What Does It Take to be an Adventure Traveler

June 5, 2011

Stocking up in Seattle and Alaska-bound by Scott Schrantz The following excerpt is taken from Ryan Madden’s book On-The-Road Histories: Alaska. In 1897 a newspaper in Ottowa, Canada, published an editorial for “fortune hunters” headed to Alaska and then to the Yukon. The editorial asked the reader to take an 11 question self-examination before proceeding […]

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North to Alaska!

May 5, 2011

A very rough google-map rendering of our route EDIT: The trip has been bumped! We started planning only 4 months before our hoped-for departure date in July and knew it was going to be a best-case scenario for us to be able to get out by then. It was not totally unexpected, but some things […]

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Riding Iceland

February 4, 2011

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland, and at over 3,000 square miles, covers more than 8% of the country. In the south east, between the towns of Skaftafell and Höfn a portion of the glacier (large enough to have its own name: Breiðamerkurjökull) flows down towards the ocean where it has formed a giant […]

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9 Hours in Finland

December 23, 2010

Whenever possible we avoided air travel during our trip. Consequently to get to Estonia from the Czech Republic we took a train to Germany where we caught 2-night ferry to Finland where we transferred to another ferry for the short 3-hr hop to Estonia. The ferry from Germany arrives in Helsinki at 8:30 in the […]

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Food!

September 30, 2010

If you want to get a lot of strange looks when you travel, take pictures of your food. It’s understandably odd to see someone snapping a picture of their lunch (“Yeah, it’s a hot dog, buddy.”) but of course the fact that people thought it was absurd emphasized the whole point. Wherever we were, we […]

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Turkish Beach Cows

September 24, 2010

It’s not all that crazy, it’s just that we’d never seen a cow anywhere other than out in a pasture. We spotted this guy just hanging out somewhere on the southern coast of Turkey.

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Drinks!

September 24, 2010

As we traveled, we took pictures of nearly everything we drank. They’re arranged chronologically (latest to earliest) which give an amusing glimpse into the drinking habits of different countries (or at least our drinking habits in those countries). What follows are 221 photos of beer, wine, soda, energy drinks, tea and whatever else we imbibed […]

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