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Hiking the Colorado Trail Day 4: August 13

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 hereHiked 15 miles Some years ago Nancy, the kids, […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail Day 3: August 12

Hiked 12 miles Got up at my usual time of 5:30am, broke camp, and started hiking.  Went 5 miles or so, then ate breakfast at a beautiful spot next to a river. Today I made it up to 9,000 feet where I’m now camped.  Definitely feel the altitude, especially when I’m going uphill.  Tomorrow I’ll […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail Day 2: August 11

Hiked 17 miles I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I had no choice.  It was a 6-mile hike down to the river where I ate breakfast, hydrated, and took a much needed bath in the river. With all my water bottles full, I started the 11-mile hike to the next water source.  It […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail Day 1: August 10

Hiked 10 miles The first day on the Colorado Trail went pretty good.  I was really tired because I’m not properly acclimatized.  That won’t happen for apparently a week or two. Christian (my nephew) and I drove to the trail head and we hiked together for the first 8 miles or so before he turned […]

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Five reasons to bike tour in Taiwan

We lived in Taiwan for a couple years when our kids were small, and I have fond memories of hikes in the jungle, visits to Buddhist temples, and more delicious food than should be legal. So when the Taiwan tourism board asked me to help them promote bike touring in their country, I jumped at […]

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Why You Should Step Out of Your Travel Comfort Zone At Least Once in Your Life

Every trip you take is a leap of faith, but each one varies in degree of difficulty. Take, for example, a family trip to the beach: you might not know how the weather will hold out, but ultimately, it’s a safe bet that everyone will have a good time, relax and bask in familiar and […]

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Simple Things That Even the Smartest People Tend to Forget

You might be incredibly smart, with the IQ score and the degrees to prove it. You might have scored impressive grade point averages all through school. You might hold a very high level job or make a huge amount of money – both indications of smartness. Smart is as smart does, though. Smart people tend […]

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Frank Church Wilderness

I’ve hiked 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 200 miles of the Colorado Trail. I’ve been backpacking for over 40 years and consider myself experienced. When my sons and I were planning a 50-mile loop in the Frank Church Wilderness of Idaho, it wasn’t a big deal with the exception of one caveat: we […]

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RoadAir Mini Pump – a Review

First things first. I agreed to write a review for the RoadAir Mini Pump since we haven’t used a new pump for several years and were hoping that some new features had been developed. I was disappointed in that regard, but this is a good solid pump that will serve you well on the road. […]

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Getting this holding tank was a MAJOR accomplishment! We had to dig the pit entirely by hand, then build the retaining wall to prevent it from tumbling down the hill.

Merry Christmas from Family on Bikes

It’s Christmas. Again. It’s funny how I mark the years as our sons have grown up according to where we were for Christmas.   And now – we’ve been in Boise for five years. Five years? Really? It doesn’t seem possible that we arrived back here from our PanAm journey nearly five years ago. And […]

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What if the critics are right?

All dreamers talk about critics. We complain about how they bring us down. We complain about how they just don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s easy to come to the conclusion that they are speaking out of fear, or jealousy, or lack of knowledge. But what if they are right? What if we are […]

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A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 5

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains last week. When we left off after Day 4, Davy was exhausted after carrying Kiara all day, but they still had 14 miles to go before reaching the car. If you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day […]

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A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 4

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day Two, and Day Three. Davy:Last night was terrible. There were things chewing on our bags so we decided to move […]

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Not only were the dogs exhausted, but Kiara was limping badly by the end of the day. We discovered that she had worn down her paw completely. This was a problem, as we still had a long way to go.

A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 3

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One and Day Two. Davy: Today started very difficultly. We got up at around 7:00, when it was still very cold out. We didn’t eat […]

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Taking some time before bed to write a journal entry.

A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 2

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed it, here is Day One. Davy: Today we had a good day. We slept in late and when I got up, Dad had a fire going. Breakfast was great […]

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Little Moe curled up with Daryl in the tent.

A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 1

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. Davy: Today started poorly. After we left home, Daryl and I both fell asleep and we ended up missing the turn down to the trail head. That was because the sign was in […]

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