Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin

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 hereOctober 2 Hiked 10 miles. Hiked an easy but [...]

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: 100-Mile wilderness

September 22 Hiked 9.1 miles. I’m in the 100-mile wilderness.  I hope to average 11 miles per day and make it out in 10 days.  I’ve decided to do a 10 mile loop off the Appalachian trail which follows the rim of a canyon.  Its nickname is “The Grand Canyon of Maine.” Got a late [...]

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Everything I know about sponsorship for adventurers

Throughout the years, I’ve gotten quite a few requests for information about sponsorship for adventurers. How does one go about lining them up? What’s realistic? In this post, I’ll tell you everything I know about sponsorships – I hope this helps. Overall, I would say there are five main truths one needs to be aware [...]

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On being stranded on a river in a raging blizzard – and why rescue services need to be free

I read with interest the story of Reza Baluchi, an ultra-marathoner trying to “run” from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble. He was rescued at sea after he signaled for help. I was captivated by the idea, and watched the videos of him creating his bubble, of testing it extensively, of taking smaller [...]

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Caratunk to Monson

September 18 Its cold!  In Caratunk it is suppose to get down to 30 degrees tonight.  Up here in the mountains it’ll be in the twenties.  Got almost all my clothes on.  Hope I’ll stay warm in my sleeping bag. Only went 5.7 miles because the next shelter is 9 miles from here which includes [...]

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What kind of handlebars do you need for bike touring?

I remember the day I finally accepted that something had to change. We had arrived into a campground after a long day of touring. While John set up our tent, I stood quietly watching. My arms were curled up, nestling my hands in front of my chest as I tenderly guarded my right hand with [...]

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The currency of life

This post was written by the writer of the (now defunct) site, Perrys’ in Wonderland. I first read it back in 2008 and it has stayed with me ever since. Throughout the years, I have often gone back to reread these words and remind myself how important it is that we choose wisely. We only [...]

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Stratton to Caratunk

September 11 So we’re sitting around the lean-to chatting away, talking about how light weight we’re traveling and what items we brought that we can get rid of. “You can get rid of your cup,” Arrowhead says to someone. “What?! Get rid of my cup? How would I cook my food? What would I drink [...]

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Gorham, NH to Stratton, Maine

August 29 Went 11.8 miles today.  This was by far the longest I’ve ever gone.  Won’t beat this until probably the last half of the 100-mile wilderness.  It’s supposed to be hard until then. August 30 Hiked 9.6 very hard miles today.  The only reason I pushed myself was because I wanted to do the [...]

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Pinkham Notch to Gorham

August 25 – Climbing Mt. Washington Woke up to a beautiful day in Pinkham Notch.  At the last minute I decided to stay an extra day so I could climb Mt Washington here in New Hampshire.  What the heck – I was only 4.2 miles from the summit.  It took nine hours to cover the [...]

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Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their [...]

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Who benefits from our culture of fear? Not us, that’s for sure.

When and how did we Americans cross the line into crazy? Why do we continue to put up with this absurdity? This rant has been building for a while now. Every time I see an article about yet another mother who was arrested for allowing her child to play in the park alone or walk [...]

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Facing the Finances of long-term travel

One of the questions most people have when considering long-term travel is about the financial side of it all. We know we need to have the money available, but the logistics of finances of long-term travel can be a convoluted mess to try and sort out. I’ve written about this a few times, but I [...]

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Flying with a bike: What to know and how to prepare

We’ve flown with our bikes a lot. Throughout the years, our bikes have been boxed up dozens of times and then carefully unboxed in exotic locales like Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, and Alaska. Through all that boxing and unboxing, we’ve learned a few things about flying with a bike. If you and your family have bikes [...]

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YEEHAW!!! My ROADSCHOOLING book is available!!! #familytravel

It’s done!!! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel is only available in paper version at this point – John will get the kindle version done as soon as he finishes rebuilding the bathroom roof. But it’s ready! I’ve been hearing great reviews from people so far, which is exciting. Please pass this on [...]

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Coming soon! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel

It won’t be long! I got my preview copy and we’re checking it carefully for errors. I’m hoping the book is available on Amazon within a few days!   Edited to add: IT’S READY!!! Click here to buy  

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