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Going Hiking on Your Colorado Holiday? Read These Safety Tips First

Welcome to our blog! Here you’ll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview hereColorado is a beautiful place to enjoy numerous hiking [...]

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The Best of Brisbane on Foot or Bike

One of the best ways to explore a new place and make sense of a city is by getting out and about for a walk or bike ride. Human power the most cost-effective, healthy and reliable form of transport — plus, you get the chance to work off that three-course lunch! What’s more, wandering a [...]

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Biking in Barcelona: Day rides in and around the city

If you are planning to spend your holiday in Barcelona, you have a variety of touring options and various modes of transportation to choose from. Barcelona is big in terms of size and can be difficult for one to explore on foot, making it perfect for biking. The terrain of the city is quite fair [...]

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On keeping up with the Joneses – whichever ones strike your fancy

“Do it, Nancy,” the Niggling Little Voice whispered in my ear. “It will be wonderful. The opportunity of a lifetime.” He was right. That voice certainly had a point. It WAS an amazing opportunity. “If you don’t jump now, you’ll regret it,” he said. “Better grab the chance before it’s too late.” But mostly I [...]

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Bicycling and hiking in Taiwan

Taiwan is a unique landmass formed about six million years ago when the Filipino and Asian plates began colliding with each other.  The central mountain range formed from the Asian plate while the coastal mountains which run along the eastern seaboard formed from the Filipino plate.  Between them is a valley where the best rice [...]

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Taiwan’s East Coast: A rugged, yet spectacular, area

The small mountain range that runs along Taiwan’s east coast is covered with lush green forests which accentuate the already spectacular coastline. Rugged in both its physical and cultural characteristics, the coast is dotted with fishing villages whose inhabitants are the descendants of hardy pioneers who first crossed the almost insurmountable central mountain range looking [...]

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Exploring Taiwan: A Photo Essay

There was a compelling force within me, driving me forward, demanding that I push on. Riding a bicycle always does this to me. It gives me the freedom to explore and the exhilaration of discovery in a way that only bicycling can provide. As I rode up a Taiwanese mountain valley thru a lush, thick [...]

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Are you ready to make your dream a reality? Let’s create Momentum!

Okay, okay… we’ve heard you. Jenn and I have heard phenomenal things about our 3-month dream bootcamp. Each and every participant so far has told us that it was truly life-changing. That it helped them leap over the hurdles and into their dreams. Or at least get started on the process. We’ve also heard from [...]

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When it rains… collect rainwater

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller Water. It’s amazing stuff. And when you don’t have it, life is hard. As you know, we’ve been reclaiming an old cottage on the Connecticut shore from the woods. It’s been an… <<erm>> interesting process. And we’ve only just begun. Yesterday, [...]

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Rebuilding a cottage. Biking around the world. What’s the difference?

Last year I talked about how a cottage on the Connecticut shore landed in our laps. The trouble was that the cottage was a horrible state of disrepair. This summer, we are attempting to wrangle that beast into a livable space. I am amazed at how many parallels I see between rebuilding an 80-year-old cottage [...]

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Why volunteering helped change my lifestyle for the better

I love a good “changing my lfestyle” story. Tammy and Chris have a great one when they packed up and headed out for a volunteering gig. The decision was easy because “they could always go back.” But that was two years ago and they’re still out there. Enjoying life to the fullest. Here’s Tammy to [...]

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Why travel with young kids? After all, they won’t remember it.

“I never bother to read to my kids because they won’t remember it.” “Why would I bother to play with blocks with my child? He won’t remember it when he’s older.” “I certainly wouldn’t bother taking little Joey to the supermarket. Why would I? He won’t remember it anyway.” I don’t think anybody would actually [...]

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Alki Beach Basket from Detours

Alki Beach Basket from Detours: A review

These days, I’m all about fun on my bike. I’m ready to ditch the boring ol’ (but functional) panniers and go fun and funky. I’ve gotten a cute helmet cover, and now I’m sporting the coolest handlebar basket in town. This basket, the Alki Beach Basket from Detours, is absolutely perfect for bumming around town. [...]

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STM jet roller wheeled laptop bag: A review

As a blogger, I get a lot of junk in my inbox. Every single day I get pitches about hotels and apps and shoes and… well, you name it. Most of it goes directly in the trash, but every once in a while a gem comes in. And so it was when STM wrote asking [...]

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31 Days to a Dream: Have single-minded determination

Single-minded determination. Or bull-headedness. It’s a double-edged sword. I know I’ve been called stubborn a time or two. Or thirty five.  And not in a good way, either. And yet good things can come from that quality if you use it right. In order to make your dream happen, you’ll need to be single-minded. Stubborn. [...]

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Creating my Own Dream Design

Today’s guest post comes from Justin Harmon, who runs the blog Unplugged Recreated. He decided to break out of the matrix and learn a new way to live in the world. It is logical, it makes sense, it’s scientific, it’s spiritual, and it is fun. I’ve done a lot of things in my life I’m [...]

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