As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

Back in the US, one of the first things I usually notice is the freaking roads are huge. It’s one symptom of reverse culture shock, to be sure and surreal … Continue reading As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Regretfully, I just finished Tom Robbins’ time-warping opus, Jitterbug Perfume. I never, ever wanted it to end but it’s kind of book-shaped lesson. Why? My time in Italy also nears … Continue reading As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Now I cannot presume to know what you are thinking at this moment. The weekend might peer into your tired noggin like a curious Italian man on a bike when … Continue reading Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Writing and Riding: From Vang Vieng, Laos to Saigon, Vietnam (The End Is Near)

Turns out sometimes even when you’re convinced about something — you can be flat out wrong. This goes for life in general and for our opinion of “soulless” Vang Vieng. … Continue reading Writing and Riding: From Vang Vieng, Laos to Saigon, Vietnam (The End Is Near)

Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Guess what we did next? If you guessed “ride bikes,” you are correct! You win your choice of three prizes: A truck full of pig carcasses (truck not included). A … Continue reading Writing and Riding: To Phou Koun and Vang Vieng, Laos

Writing and Riding: Land Leeches and Death Rides

Between attacks by bonafide land leeches, sweating to death on climbs with a fully loaded bike and wondering whether or not the green papaya salad eaten at lunch might kill … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Land Leeches and Death Rides

Writing and Riding: Muang Khua, Laos to Oudamxai, Laos

        One recent morning ago, I discovered I am a water goddess. Or at least my name is attributed to one, according to Nick, the proprietor of … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Muang Khua, Laos to Oudamxai, Laos

Writing and Riding: Lao Cai, Vietnam to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. … Continue reading Writing and Riding: Lao Cai, Vietnam to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam