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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 Plan

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I write, self publish and sell books about touring

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Places I have been
How can I afford this?)

India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
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
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel 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
Bike Computer
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 Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

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My Next Handlebar bag (if my old one ever gets lost)
Ortlieb Ultimate6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag

I have an older (no longer available) version of this bag but with all the extra features I am very tempted to upgrade anyway.  This is the bag with my camera, Blue Tooth Speaker and wallet so you can bet it is coming off the bike and with me into stores and campground offices to keep important stuff with me. 

 Built tough with waterproof protection from the elements, the top-notch Ortlieb Ultimate6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag features a transparent lid for use with smartphones or electronic navigation devices.


  • - Made of coated nylon, the pack is rated to protect against splashes from all directions
    - Features a lockable mounting system and lockable lid closure, keys included
    - Touch screen of your devices can be operated through the lid of the bag
    - Internal zip pocket, key clip and removable internal dividers help keep contents secure and organized
    - Includes shoulder strap, inner pocket, internal dividers, lockable mounting kit, 2 keys
    - Ortlieb Ultimate6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag is designed to fit handlebars with a diameter up to 31.8mm
    - Compatible with Rixen & Kaul KLICKfix system (not included); not for use with carbon handlebars
    - Reflector on front of bag; large front mesh pocket

Shop for Ortlieb Ultimate6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag

Ortlieb Ultimate 6 S Plus Handlebar Bag

 If you are traveling light or are a smaller rider you may want less weight on the handlebars    This bag is smaller, lighter but smarter because you can ride all day without fatigue from wrestling with poorly weighted heavy steering all day

Shop for Ortlieb Ultimate 6 S Plus Handlebar Bag

Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Mapcase for all Ortlieb Ultimate (L or M) Handlebar Bags with removable mapcase feature. New version: won't turn yellow over time.  The Ortlieb Ultimate map case is a waterproof, universal map case with a roll-top closure. It affixes to your Ultimate handlebar bag or can be worn around your neck for ease of use while hiking.

Shop for Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Ortlieb GPS Cover / Case for Handlebar Bag - Horizontal Model

Details Have your GPS or PDA within the field of vision, and still know it is protected from moisture, dirt and dust. The ORTLIEB GPS cover is also a contemporary transport solution on the bike for your mobile phone or communicator.

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
- Camping

Touring Bicycles

Tools and Spares

Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power
Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

Much MORE Gear Here!

Sponsors (how?)

Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads

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