Sam’s summer tour, day 12: Ixonia to Madison

After 12 days and 770 miles in the saddle, our hero's Midwestern tour triumphantly concludes where it started: The Capital City, Madison, Wisconsin. I'm still easing my way slowly back into civilization. After 11 nights sleeping outdoors and 12 solo, sweaty days in the saddle, a roof over my head and human interaction both feel... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day nine: Mesick to Ludington 

Why does the wind blow from the south?  I'm about to reveal my complete and utter cluelessness about meteorology and fluid dynamics, but I spent a significant amount of time contemplating the  atmospheric forces that set breezes blowing during 61 miles of riding directly into a ferocious headwind.   At first I hypothesized that winds... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day eight: Mancelona to Mesick

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "M."  Midway through my 60 mile ride, I realized that the names of the majority of places I stayed in Michigan started with the 13th consonant: Menominee, Michihistrigan, Mackinaw, Mancelona, and now Mesick!  Today's mileage mainly consisted of rolling hills. The riding was...a trifle monotonous.  With... Continue Reading →

Support visionary research

Friends, countrymen, Americans, lend me your...eyes? I'm not writing to bury Caesar nor to praise him. In fact, the unfortunate emperor has very little to do with the point of today's post, except for one character trait that the rockin' roman had in abundance: AMBITION.      Ambition is a powerful force. Although good old Julius' appetites tended... Continue Reading →

Montana Love

Hello happy human beings. It's a magical day here in Missoula, Montana! I'm enjoying an iced tea and some black licorice at an amazing apothecary called Butterfly Herbs in order to kill some time before my flight back to Denver this evening. I've been in Missoula for a few hours now, and I'm thoroughly enjoying... Continue Reading →

Wedding Weekend Bike Touring Extravaganza!

Mazel Tov from Montana! Specifically, Buenas Dias from the Big Larch Campground on the Shores of Seeley Lake! I've got a fun-filled evening of festivities ahead for my dear friends' Other-Sam and Katie's wedding; the welcome dinner is a full-on, down-home, southern-style pig roast! Before the fun begins, however, I thought I'd dash off a... Continue Reading →

Recuperating…and Running Away to Another Adventure

Ciao Darlings! Is life beautiful wherever you are located? It's hard to believe that a full four days have elapsed since I completed my 20-day, halfway-across-America bicycling extravaganza! I've got a panoply of posts planned to cover the lessons I learned during my trip; hopefully they will be helpful for aspiring tourers to eschew any... Continue Reading →

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