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
In 1966, I was born in Bloomington, Indiana, USA and grew
up in a small town just south of Indianapolis. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington and received a
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1991. I later went to Northern Arizona
University in Flagstaff and earned a Masters of Education in 2001. I
a Special Education Teacher and worked with teenagers with behavioral and
emotional disabilities for a few years.
My love affair with bicycles began at an early age. My
first bike was a Schwinn Super La Tour and I found my first bicycle racing
coach when I was eleven. While other kids were playing Little League in the
park, I was doing 50 mile training rides and competing in USCF races. During
high school, I spent quality time racing around in circles on various
velodromes. After school, I was a mechanic at a local bike shop. In my
University years, I continued USCF races and competed in Indiana
University's Little 500 (the race featured in the movie Breaking Away) and
later coached a women's cycle team called Cycle Delics.
After college, I found myself tired of racing and looking
for something new and exciting to do on my bicycle. I started with short
tours in Indiana and moved on to bigger cycling tours of America and Mexico.
I spent some years as a bicycle drifter, finding short term jobs and cycle
shop work in random towns around the US. I got married in 1998, spent a few
years talking my wife into a worldwide cycle tour and in 2002 we took off
towards Mexico and all parts south. Cindie and I travelled through South
America, Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, China and India. Sadly,
up in October, 2010, after eight years of touring together. After some soul searching, I
decided to continue on with my travels. As you read this I am out there -
still on the road since March 2002 - no plans to stop.
Previous letters can be found at
Tips & Advice
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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