The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions,
and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world.
My 3 Books
I write, self publish and sell
books about touring
all 3 book)
Where am I?
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Places I have been
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present
/ Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010
Sept 2007 to May 2008
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007
SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006
June 2003 to June 2004
AZ, Mexico, and
March 2002 to April 2003
How I started
The 5 years before I left
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Equipment Pages Index
How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
more about Sponsorship)
HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs
Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
The road was lined with Japanese cedars.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Red Pandas are ridiculously cute and fluffy, although this guy looked a little
Lloyd Botanical Garden, Darjeeling, West
Gangtok to Rabongla, Sikkim, India
Our not-so stealthy camping spot on the side of the road. We were between towns
and tuckered out from the climbing so we plunked down here next to a big
waterfall. We had a great view of the next day's ride to Rabongla.
After two days of climbing up over a total of 2000 meters, we reached Rabongla,
Sikkim, India. Fantastic views of snowy peaks and long valleys. Finally we have
great weather, just in time to hit the big mountains.
We made it by this rock slide, caused by the Sikkim earthquake, but later came
to another that was impassable. We had to turn around then and take a different
route. Needless to say, the new route involved thousands of feet of climbing and
Once a kindergarten teacher, always a teacher. Gretchen has a way with the kids.
Our touring bicycles loaded up in downtown Gangtok, Sikkim, India. A few day
after we arrived, there was a 6.9 earthquake that shut down all water and power
service and closed many roads. Gangtok didn't suffer too much, but some villages
in the north were mostly destroyed. Sadly, many people lost their lives in this
Oh Brooks, how can you let me down! On a bumpy road, the rail of my leather
Brooks flyer bicycle touring saddle snapped in half, nearly putting the bike out
of commission. We were able to move the saddle so the broken part was held
together by the seat post clamp. Not sure if I should try to find a welder or
fix it with super glue. Brooks is good about warrantee replacements, the problem
is where to send it.
A chunk of glass, most likely from the famous Sikkim Hit Beer, put a deep cut
in my Schwalbe Marathon tire. Looks like I will be adding 2 new
touring bicycle tires to my package of things being sent from the USA to
Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabentse Ruines,
The original shrine here is said to have been established in 1705.
Tips & Advice
(see all Equipment
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Cycle Touring Racks: Why chromoly steel is best.
Heavy Duty Travel Tested
Sealed Cartridge Hubs.
Take a look at the strongest hubs built specifically for touring