We owe people, big time.

August 5, 2009

Today’s the day. It’s 8:15 in the morning and we’re less than an hour away from firing up the bikes and starting the first leg of the journey – the 3 day ride to the Bonneville Salt Flats. In the 6 months that we’ve been preparing for this trip, we have received and almost limitless […]

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Our Estimated Travel Route

July 23, 2009

Last Updated: November 2, 2009 I´ll leave our original travel list below, as it will be interesting to see how else it changes as we travel. It has become clear in a very short period of time that planning to spend just one or two nights in a city before traveling on to another stop […]

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Visas, CPR and Guns

July 7, 2009

There have been a number of trip preparations going on as we now enter t-minus 30 days until we leave – however most of them have not been particularly photogenic, so our updates have been minimal, but the header basically says it all. We have mailed our passports off (always frightening) to get our first […]

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Golden Trout Wilderness

May 29, 2009

Following up on our Big Sur trekking adventure, we decided to try another outing, this time down south to the Golden Trout Wilderness. This time it was just Michael, Anjel and I (Christine was unable to make it). Michael had found a great trail review on someone’s blog that described a 26 mile loop that […]

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Big Sur Trekking

May 11, 2009

Our pre-trip research has turned up some amazing multi-day treks in some of the countries we’ll be visiting. One of the most extreme has to be the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. The trek is 17 to 21 days long, covers roughly 186 miles and takes you up to nearly 18,000 feet. Anjel and I are […]

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Tacoma Bound

April 1, 2009

Tacoma, Washington is by no means the most exotic of destinations but it’s all part of the preparations for our trip, plus it gives us a chance to work out the kinks in this whole blogging / photo posting business. We’re headed to Tacoma in the first place because that’s where Anjel grew up, and […]

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Ilia Iacta Est

March 31, 2009

Well, there’s no going back at this point. As of today, March 31st we have officially shut the doors on our Oakland residence.  For the next 4 months we’ll be living in the guest house of some good friends of ours in Walnut Creek. The decision to move out of our studio several months early […]

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It’s Time for Some Research, Grab the Popcorn

March 12, 2009

One of the books we checked out from the library was Lonely Planet’s “The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World” and it is exactly that. Each country is summarized in one single spread. There’s a short introductory paragraph followed by the suggested best time to visit, a list of essential experiences, […]

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Pills, Pills, Pills

March 11, 2009

Back to Kaiser today to pick up our stockpile of pills. We walked out of the pharmacy with: Malarone (Malaria): We’ll take one tablet the day before going into Malaria-risk areas, one tablet every day we’re there, and continue taking tablets for 7 days after we leave. Typhoid EC Capsules (Typhoid Vaccine): Our Typhoid vaccine […]

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We’ve Been Shot

March 10, 2009

This afternoon we went to our appointment at the Kaiser Adult Injections department to get our first round of vaccinations. Before making the appointment, I did a bunch of research at the Center for Disease Control website ( which was very helpful and suggested the following vaccinations for where we were going: Hepatitis A Hepatitis […]

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