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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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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Australia
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

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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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.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
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

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


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About Me


BACKGROUND

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 was 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, we split 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.

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What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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