Cold Water Beauty, Scotland

Cold Water Beauty, Scotland

A beautiful piece on Surfline, as part of the upcoming surf documentary, Seawolf http://scotland.surfline.com/   Did you like this? Share it:

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Surfing the Ganges

Surfing the Ganges

Not sure I’d want to swallow the water, especially having seen some pretty sketchy things floating down rivers during floods when on my adventure across the Indian Himalayas, but what a cool way to pioneer a new wave.  The locals […]

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Java Jaunt

A quick Easter side trip to visit my oldest and best friends in Indonesia led to an out of town adventure. […]

Mar 28, 2016     No Comments
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Cold Water Beauty, Scotland

Cold Water Beauty, Scotland

A beautiful piece on Surfline, as part of the upcoming surf documentary, Seawolf http://scotland.surfline.com/   Did you like this? Share […]

Jan 31, 2016     No Comments
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Surfing the Ganges

Surfing the Ganges

Not sure I’d want to swallow the water, especially having seen some pretty sketchy things floating down rivers during floods […]

Oct 24, 2015     No Comments
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Haiku: forgotten

Haiku: forgotten

Rusting loneliness/ A theme park forgotten/ Waiting for new guests Did you like this? Share it:

Sep 18, 2015     No Comments
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Icelandic Journey

Icelandic Journey

I did a 2 week motorbike ride around Iceland with my Dad and a bunch of other good people in […]

Sep 9, 2015     No Comments
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Haiku: cactus

Haiku: cactus

squishy and spiky the textured contradition of succulents   Did you like this? Share it:

Sep 2, 2015     No Comments
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Meditation at Sea

Meditation at Sea

A sense of energy warns of an impending approach.  Eyes open just in time to spin to catch the wave […]

Aug 12, 2015     No Comments
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Culinary Oasis: Flora Farms

Culinary Oasis: Flora Farms

Take a bumpy ride down a sandy, pot-holed road outside of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, past a cement factory, […]

May 23, 2015     No Comments
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The Road Diverged

The Road Diverged

A beautiful piece of writing, by a beautiful soul. The Road Diverged, by @Sarah Coghlan Did you like this? Share […]

Nov 30, 2014     No Comments
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The Fastest Way through LA

The Fastest Way through LA

Ken Block, on fire in the streets of Los Angeles, in a dream car.  What would you give to be […]

Nov 19, 2014     No Comments
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Dashanzi 798 Art District, Beijing

Dashanzi 798 Art District, Beijing

Think NYC early Soho meets Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires with a boho-industrial charm, and ghosts of Maoist factory workers […]

Oct 1, 2014     No Comments
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Remembrance

Remembrance

joyful friendships peek/ through clouds of sad missing/ sweet waves of remembrance Remembrance is different things to different people, influenced […]

Sep 27, 2014     1 Comment
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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Some fast facts: One of the great budgeting and project planning blunders in history: when the project started it was […]

Aug 1, 2014     No Comments
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The Art of Street Wandering

The Art of Street Wandering

  “Wandering aimlessly”.  Its an interesting phrase, as it inherently has an aim, a purpose, a value. One definition of […]

Jul 27, 2014     No Comments
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Sydney Harbour Bridge – Looking Back

Sydney Harbour Bridge – Looking Back

A fascinating historical look at the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, told in the style of the time.  Despite […]

Jul 1, 2014     No Comments
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Is Iceland the Most Beautiful Country in the World?

Is Iceland the Most Beautiful Country in the World?

I let the pictures speak for themselves! Did you like this? Share it:

Jun 20, 2014     No Comments
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Iceland: Fire & Ice Ahead

Iceland: Fire & Ice Ahead

In the morning I embark on the next adventure – riding a motorbike around Iceland with my 78 year young father […]

Jun 10, 2014     No Comments
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Iceland Prelude

Iceland Prelude

  Mike Ferris was the first person to organize an Australian group to ride over the Himalayas in 1994.  He […]

Jun 4, 2014     No Comments
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The Next Adventure

The Next Adventure

I hate to sound like I’m getting older, but the years really do go by faster.  Yet each remains rich […]

May 1, 2014     No Comments
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The Adventure of Responsibility, an Age for Celebration

The Adventure of Responsibility, an Age for Celebration

When my best friend Luke and his wife Grandtyana asked me to be Godfather to their recently born first daughter, […]

Apr 23, 2014     No Comments
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The Highest Road – THE top!

The Highest Road – THE top!

Prelude (written present tense at the time) Its about 6am, I think.  I lose perspective of time and day on […]

Apr 10, 2014     No Comments
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The Highest Road: Keylong to Sarchu

The Highest Road: Keylong to Sarchu

Today was hard.  105km may not seem much, but when the “road” is mostly gravel and sand, its a long […]

Apr 7, 2014     No Comments
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The Highest Road: Manali to Keylong

The Highest Road: Manali to Keylong

  Today was one of the best days of my life.  My sense of accomplishment, wonder and awe at what […]

Apr 6, 2014     No Comments
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Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries

I’ve written about big wave rider friends of mine in the past.  And I’ve spoken a lot about surfing as […]

Jan 11, 2014     No Comments
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Dakar Andes Crossing: A Spectacular Day, a Long and Painful Night

Dakar Andes Crossing: A Spectacular Day, a Long and Painful Night

As we approach the end of another year, that once again passed far too quickly, I felt like looking back. […]

Dec 14, 2013     No Comments
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Haiku – Change

Haiku – Change

foghorn mourns aloud/ last blossom forlornly drops/ good friends drift away       Did you like this? Share it:

Dec 10, 2013     No Comments
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Changing Hoods

Changing Hoods

Micheal Che shows it better than I ever could, with insight and humor.  One of my favorite spots in NYC […]

Nov 30, 2013     No Comments
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SUPku

SUPku

black the deep water/ gold kelp fingers claw the sky/ paddle blade cuts glass Did you like this? Share it:

Oct 24, 2013     No Comments
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Fathers Day Memory: Himalayan Mud Wrestling

Fathers Day Memory: Himalayan Mud Wrestling

I saw a crazy video of a car tangling with a rockslide in Japan (see below), and it took me […]

Sep 1, 2013     No Comments
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Haiku: balloons

Haiku: balloons

warm morning stillness/ colors inflated by flame/ silent flight               Did you like this? […]

Aug 31, 2013     No Comments
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Haiku: sail

Haiku: sail

adventure defy/ monotonous tedium/ like seasons changing       Did you like this? Share it:

Aug 29, 2013     No Comments
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“Surfing” is So Hot Right Now

“Surfing” is So Hot Right Now

For some of us (those fortunate enough to have grown up near a beach with waves), the magic of surfing […]

Aug 15, 2013     No Comments
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Girl Fight: Anastasia vs Jenneke

Girl Fight: Anastasia vs Jenneke

When it comes to having fun and driving media impressions at the same time, female athletes have it all over […]

Aug 8, 2013     No Comments
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Ecuador ama la vida

Ecuador ama la vida

Ecuador is unique.  Bordering Columbia and Peru, its the only country that has stunning Pacific coastline, the towering Andes, Amazon […]

Jun 13, 2013     No Comments
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Under Sea San Blas

Under Sea San Blas

There isn’t much on the island of Isla Aguja, in the San Blas archipelago in the Carribean off the east […]

Apr 20, 2013     No Comments
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Moto to San Blas

Moto to San Blas

It really got interesting when we turned left.  The road became a thin black line that rose, fell, twisted and […]

Apr 20, 2013     No Comments
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Influences: 1978 Coke Classic Surfing Comp

Influences: 1978 Coke Classic Surfing Comp

To think that a 1978 surf comp could have been a formative moment for my career might seem a stretch, […]

Mar 20, 2013     No Comments
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A Meditative Moment

A Meditative Moment

Floating over small swells, eyes closed, a tiny question of whether a rogue wave will collect me.  The rain rapidly […]

Mar 4, 2013     No Comments
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El Salvador: Dawn Departure

El Salvador: Dawn Departure

Crack of dawn. The first rays of light are welcomes by a pretty bird with a yellow chest and an […]

Feb 23, 2013     No Comments
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Who is Your Character?

Who is Your Character?

    One of those delving questions that people like to ask when getting to know another, is: “If you […]

Feb 20, 2013     No Comments
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China Surf – a Reminder

China Surf – a Reminder

Surfing in China – a Reminder As I sit here in China, a year later from my first post about […]

Jan 26, 2013     No Comments
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Chinese Posers

Chinese Posers

Chinese people are posers.  I mean this literally, not critically.  It appears to be cultural and competitive.  As a photo […]

Oct 13, 2012     No Comments
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Mien She She

Mien She She

I’m in Ri Yue Wan Hai Men Village.  I think I’m eating tourist food, but I also think this is […]

Oct 13, 2012     No Comments
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The Smallest Ironman, with the Biggest Heart

The Smallest Ironman, with the Biggest Heart

Prelude:  I wrote this article back in 1994, in Hawaii, after Greg Welch became the first non-American to ever win […]

Sep 29, 2012     2 Comments
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Directional Changes

Directional Changes

In surfing directional changes are everything.  Its how a surfer sets up to ride a wave.  Its what judges gives […]

Sep 25, 2012     No Comments
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Face to Face: Man and Beast

Face to Face: Man and Beast

Cheetah on jeep, face to face, Masai Mara, Kenya Friends Don and Cate get up front and personal with wildlife […]

Sep 21, 2012     No Comments
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Confessions of an Olympic Games Commentator

Confessions of an Olympic Games Commentator

I’m very fortunate in life generally, but perhaps the greatest 2 weeks of my life was at the 2000 Olympic […]

Jul 26, 2012     2 Comments
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A New Toy (or a Good Tool?)

A New Toy (or a Good Tool?)

  I’m excited.  I bought a new toy.  A toy that, while to some may seem frivolous or unnecessary  (given […]

Jul 26, 2012     No Comments
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Glossy Boredom

Glossy Boredom

  I may be jaded, but I just wasn’t feeling Beverly Hills today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a […]

Jul 9, 2012     No Comments
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Ritualism Caffeinated

Ritualism Caffeinated

Coffee, tea and other drinks have played prominently in many of my global explorations.  I’ve dedicated entire days to finding […]

Jul 8, 2012     No Comments
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Sunrise in Seattle

Sunrise in Seattle

Neon shines across shiny cobblestones, slick with the pre-dawn drizzle.  Pike Place Market is active, but in a languid, pre-coffee […]

Jun 21, 2012     No Comments
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A Day in Dana Point

A Day in Dana Point

Each day choices must be made.  Living in Dana Point gives more choices than most, whether in what activities to […]

Jun 20, 2012     No Comments
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Sampling a Cat’s Bum

Sampling a Cat’s Bum

With some trepidation, I opened the sealed bag.   As an appreciator, excited to see and feel the oils on […]

Jun 10, 2012     No Comments
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Cambodia Pictorial 1

Cambodia Pictorial 1

Snapshots early into the Cambodian adventure, shot around Siem Reap, gateway to the impressive wonder Angkor Wat.     Click […]

Feb 21, 2012     No Comments
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Cambodia: First Impressions

Cambodia: First Impressions

I’ve been wanting to come to Cambodia for what seems eons.  It always seemed to have that “edge of the […]

Feb 21, 2012     No Comments
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Dakar Rally Sand Symphony (Video)

Dakar Rally Sand Symphony (Video)

Video action from one of the deep sand hills on the Dakar Rally.  This was one of the most exciting […]

Feb 13, 2012     No Comments
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China Surf Discovery

China Surf Discovery

Yes, there is surf in China.  And its good….very good.  Monsoon season (Nov-Jan) brings fairly constant NE winds, and with […]

Jan 22, 2012     3 Comments
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Hainan Hogs: biking China style

Hainan Hogs: biking China style

  In different parts of the world, across varying degrees of industrial or economic “development”, bikes mean different things.  In […]

Jan 21, 2012     2 Comments
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Surfing in China Slideshow

Surfing in China Slideshow

For those who prefer straight up visual images, rather than video, or lengthy essays.  The island of Hainan in China […]

Jan 20, 2012     No Comments
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Lady Gaga’s New York Christmas

Lady Gaga’s New York Christmas

Once again New York City maxed out its electricity grid to light up the city for Holiday season, and the […]

Dec 26, 2011     No Comments
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Merry Crappy Christmas

Merry Crappy Christmas

If you think your holiday season is crappy, spare a thought for the Catalans, and the annual invasion of the […]

Dec 25, 2011     No Comments
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Lazy B.A. Sunday

Lazy B.A. Sunday

Sunday 8am in Buenos Aires in summer. Many portenos have fled the city humidity for environs like Cordoba. I crept […]

Dec 19, 2011     No Comments
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The World’s Weirdest Tunnel

The World’s Weirdest Tunnel

  The adventurous traveler can experience a lot in China.  Culinary explorations like munching on the feet of chicken or […]

Dec 16, 2011     No Comments
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Early Morning: El Salvador

Early Morning: El Salvador

  Crack of dawn. The first rays of light are welcomed by a pretty bird with a yellow chest and […]

Oct 24, 2011     No Comments
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El Salvador Sunset

El Salvador Sunset

Sometimes it just makes sense to take in the moment.     Did you like this? Share it:

Oct 22, 2011     No Comments
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Wet, Wild & Zen in El Salvador

Wet, Wild & Zen in El Salvador

Despite the severe rain and flooding that had resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency in El Salvador, […]

Oct 16, 2011     No Comments
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Ruminating

Ruminating

  I had an epiphany today.  Well, 2 actually.  The first, which I already knew but hadn’t found a succinct […]

Oct 8, 2011     No Comments
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High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter

  We had been riding at around 150km/hr for 2 hours over a high pass over the Andes between Argentina and […]

Oct 5, 2011     No Comments
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10 Things to do in NYC (when the surf is flat)

10 Things to do in NYC (when the surf is flat)

Today is the first official day of the waiting period for the highly anticipated Quiksilver Pro, the first time the […]

Sep 5, 2011     No Comments
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Journey Across the Himalayas: Prelude

Journey Across the Himalayas: Prelude

  I’ve been intending to write this story for a long time.  But epics are hard to start.  They are […]

Aug 21, 2011     No Comments
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I miss….my Soul Place

I miss….my Soul Place

  I’m very fortunate.  I live in a beautiful part of the Southern Californian coastline, from which a myriad of […]

Aug 18, 2011     No Comments
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Moments that Stay With You

Moments that Stay With You

    I bought a silver bracelet, with an inscribed message in sanscrit, and a dragon on the inside, from […]

Aug 16, 2011     No Comments
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Why Cabo Does Not Suck

Why Cabo Does Not Suck

  The waves crash on the beach below, sea foam rushing up the sand, dragging pebbles along like misshapen bowling […]

Jul 20, 2011     No Comments
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Playa Venao, Panama

Playa Venao, Panama

  Panama is one of several Central American countries with dual coastlines (Pacific Ocean and Carribean Sea), lush rainforest, great […]

Jul 7, 2011     No Comments
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Journey into Ink

Journey into Ink

  The artists’ black latex gloves grip a contraption made of metal, plastic, rubber bands and needles.  An incessant buzzing […]

May 30, 2011     No Comments
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The Most Interesting Store in NYC?

The Most Interesting Store in NYC?

  Not everyone wants a stuffed big cat, a mummified head, scary early dental tools or creepy mannequins, but the […]

May 26, 2011     No Comments
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Be a Tour Guide

Be a Tour Guide

  Even a passionate explorer and storyteller can get jaded by their own surroundings, but like introducing a new activity […]

May 25, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar 2011 – So who won anyway?

Dakar 2011 – So who won anyway?

Deja vu in the truck division: Vladimir Chagin for the 7th year.  Of all the vehicles the trucks were the […]

Feb 1, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 12: San Juan to Cordoba

Dakar Day 12: San Juan to Cordoba

  Dirt, dirt, dirt.  The intended route back to our starting point at Estancia La Paz showed 572km, more than […]

Jan 14, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 11: Chilecito to San Juan – in a wonky truck

Dakar Day 11: Chilecito to San Juan – in a wonky truck

A mere 431km, with 54km of dirt, awaits us.  But I won’t be on a bike today.  A damaged shoulder, […]

Jan 14, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 10: Dirty High – Copiapo to Chilecito

Dakar Day 10: Dirty High – Copiapo to Chilecito

  Mentally I’d prepared for the Paso de San Francisco.  Physically, the day before beside the pool had left me […]

Jan 13, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 9: Copiapo Rest Day

Dakar Day 9: Copiapo Rest Day

Ahhhh, the rest days.  We have been punishing our bodies, and a rest day is much needed again, especially given […]

Jan 11, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 8: Antofagasta to Copiapo – Sandy Hand, Sandy Wheels

569km, 76 of it planned to be offroad. Today was the first day I felt good.  It was like I […]

Jan 10, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 7: Hilly thrills: Iquique – Antofagasta

A fresh day, a fresh body after our rest day and ocean cleansing, 530km ahead of us. It was an […]

Jan 9, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 6: Blessed Relief – Iquique Rest Day

Woke to see largish waves cresting and smashing onto the shallow bank of Iquique beach outside my hotel window.  Made […]

Jan 8, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 5: Iquique Race Start

Even when woken by the dawn, and having spent the night on hard dirt, there is nothing better than the […]

Jan 8, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 4: Can I have some Sand with that Mountain Please!

Wow!  I feel like I survived an ordeal, and that I was hit by a truck.  My body ached, my […]

Jan 7, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Day 3: High Drama

Dakar Day 3: High Drama

Fear is often a part of adventure.  But sometimes its just not that enjoyable. A few hours after my police […]

Jan 5, 2011     No Comments
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Argentine Justice

Following the day of misadventure, got news at dinner that I didn’t have to worry about the bike: it had […]

Jan 4, 2011     No Comments
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Be Careful What you Wish For

Be Careful What you Wish For

I told my girl Jodi that I wanted to go on this motorcycle tour following the Dakar Rally because I […]

Jan 4, 2011     3 Comments
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Dakar Tour day 2: Misadventure

Dakar Tour day 2: Misadventure

Its a good way to start the day.  Riding with your mates from a mountain top hotel, with nary a […]

Jan 4, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Tour Day 1: Cordoba to Tucuman

Dakar Tour Day 1: Cordoba to Tucuman

THE GOOD Jeff Gordon and his TV crew chopper at our first crossing of the rally The changing scenery: from […]

Jan 3, 2011     1 Comment
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Dakar: Different Perspectives

Every person experiences life in different ways, event when doing exactly the same thing.  We have some talented and interesting […]

Jan 3, 2011     No Comments
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Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba, Argentina

Estancia La Paz, about 35 miles outside of Cordoba, Argentina, which itself is 435 miles NW of Buenos Aires.  A […]

Jan 2, 2011     No Comments
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Dakar Rally, here we come

Dakar Rally, here we come

I  wouldn’t sensibly feel this unprepared, at least knowingly.  When I rode the Indian Himalayas in 07 after only 4 months […]

Jan 2, 2011     No Comments
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Just Opened: Converse flagship NYC

As the name of this blog suggests, the main focus is active travel.  So while some may disagree, I see […]

Dec 2, 2010     No Comments
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Floating Markets of Kashmir

The centuries old, and little known, floating markets. Did you like this? Share it:

Nov 23, 2010     No Comments
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Blowing bubbles, New York Central Park

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Nov 11, 2010     No Comments
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Follow me, I am not a guide!

Follow me, I am not a guide!

I stood in the searing sun, on the edge of a nuclear green pit of lime, the stench of burnt […]

Oct 19, 2010     2 Comments
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Buzios Weekend

Awoke to a scene of blue sky, blue ocean, tiny bulbous islands rising from the sea, magnificent old schooners and […]

Oct 12, 2010     No Comments
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