By plane and by train. Across the Ocean and Under the River

Along the way, people asked us why we had chosen Scotland for a summer holiday. I can't recall the initial reasons, but journeying by bike across the country brought new reasons into focus – specifically the awesome beauty of the country, the accommodating people, and the infrastructure designed to accommodate bikes. At times, the difficulty …

Training Break

In a thirteen week academic semester, there's a reading break somewhere in the middle. Is it a break to read or a break from reading? Is the intention to catch up on missed assignments or a chance to forget academia and go wild on spring break? Is a two-week bike trip in the middle of …

First Aid Kit: essential gear or unneccesary comfort?

Three days until departure on the next segment of our bikepacking saga. I’m pondering what, if anything, to pack in a first aid kit. Adventure travel necessitates first aid supplies. But bikepacking necessitates a ruthlessly lightweight kit. Every item must be pedalled up 52,000 feet of rugged ascending Scottish terrain.  My packing for the Colorado …

Hungry? Eat. Full? Stop Eating. Why can’t it be this simple?

Sighhhh. Eating. Overeating. Undereating. Nourishment. Junk food. Dinnertime. Breakfast. Why does eating have to be such an emotional struggle? The formula seems so simple. Hungry? Eat. Full? Stop eating. Wondering what to eat? Food. Mostly plants. Wondering what not to eat? Things in packages. But the reality is that the relationship between food, nourishment and …