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My journey so far:
Campeche State (Nov 10 to 15)

Campeche State (Nov 10 to 15)

November 10 Km’s Pedalled - 116 km’s Destination - Nuevo Progreso Some Notes - I set my alarm for 6 am again last night but I am still tired this morning.  My foot is almost better.  My arm and hand...

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Tabasco State (Nov 7 to 9)

Tabasco State (Nov 7 to 9)

Yesterday afternoon I was coaxed off the road for some beers by some locals.  Read about that HERE November 7 Km’s Pedalled - 120 km’s Destination - Jáltipan de Morelos Some Notes - I did not sleep...

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Veracruz State (Nov 1 to 6)

Veracruz State (Nov 1 to 6)

On October 30th I arrived in Cordoba in the Mexican state of Veracruz November 1 Some Notes - I found my afternoon fairly unproductive thanks to a computer issue which is about as frustrating as it...

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Gary Kike and the boys

Gary Kike and the boys

Biking down the highway towards Xpujil I ran into a bunch of motorcyclists.  A photo lead to some beers which lead to a place to set my tent up for the night.  I originally thought I was camping in...

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Cico Gambo & his brother

Cico Gambo & his brother

In Linda Vista I was coaxed off the road by locals for a beer.  It didn’t take long for me to lose count of the number of beers that I ended up having.  Good thing the owner of the bar said I could...

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Luis Antonio

Luis Antonio

On November 4th Luis Antonio pulled his vehicle over.  His English was probably the best English that I had heard in Mexico thanks to his 20 some odd years in the US.  He noticed my Canadian flag...

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Puebla State (Oct 28 to 31)

Puebla State (Oct 28 to 31)

October 28 Km’s Pedalled - 66 km’s Destination - Tecamachalco Some Notes - I don’t like it here very much.  The (old) guy that has the sleeping bunk below me snores, coughs, moans and farts (loudly)...

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Puebla City (Oct 25 to 27)

Puebla City (Oct 25 to 27)

I have left Mexico City and have just entered the State of Puebla and today I enter the city of Puebla October 25 Km’s Pedalled - 57 km’s Destination - Puebla City Some Notes - I slept a million...

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Mexico City Part 2 (Oct 20 to 24)

Mexico City Part 2 (Oct 20 to 24)

I arrived in Mexico City October 12th.  October 20 Some Notes - I started my day visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes Museum.  At first it didn’t occur to me to visit here but then I realized that...

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Mexico City (Oct 14 to 19)

Mexico City (Oct 14 to 19)

On October 12th I entered Mexico City by bike. October 15 Km’s Pedalled - 33.5 km’s Some Notes - Today was pretty much a right off.  I left my host this morning.  For the first time my host...

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Mexico State & City (Oct 8 to 13)

Mexico State & City (Oct 8 to 13)

October 8 Km’s Pedalled - 75 km’s Destination - Ixtlahuaca Some Notes - Another long day.  The day started with highway biking until I missed my turn and I had to bike 7 km’s to get back on track....

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Guanajuato State – Part 3 (Oct 3 to 7)

Guanajuato State – Part 3 (Oct 3 to 7)

On October 2nd in the late afternoon I had arrived to the city of Santiago de Querétaro and checked myself into the Blue Bicycle Hostel. October 3 Some Notes - I combined my morning with drying out...

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Eduardo Cervantes

Eduardo Cervantes

Eduardo was a lucky host for me from Ixtlahuaca near the pyramids in San Juan Teotihuacan which I had planned to visit before arriving in Mexico City. Eduardo became a host thanks to a chance...

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No Motivation?

No Motivation?

Admittedly I am not very motivated to be bike touring right now.  Before I go into detail let me first disclose that while this is a first time for me to be looking forward to ending my bike ride, I...

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Guanajuato State – Part 1 (Sept 22 to 27)

Guanajuato State – Part 1 (Sept 22 to 27)

September 22 Km’s Pedalled - 79.5 km’s Destination - 10 km’s from Lagos de Moreno Some Notes - I slept in until 11am.  I am not sure how that happened.  The day was perfect weather and the road was...

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Mexico – My Truth

Mexico – My Truth

Entering Mexico I was warned many times that my life was at risk.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  Logic dictated that cities that border the US must be the more dangerous cities in Mexico...

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Aguascalientes, Mexico (Sept 16 to 21)

Aguascalientes, Mexico (Sept 16 to 21)

September 16 Some Notes – Today was a day spent in front of my computer.  I started the morning with a Road Show with Brandon and then we did an extended show- The Safari Arie Experience to discuss...

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Mario Fernando A Garcia

Mario Fernando A Garcia

While in Vicente Guerrero I was messaged by someone interested in hosting me in Aguascalientes. The next day I received a message from Mario about hosting me in the same city.  I replied to Mario...

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Iohan Gueorguiev

Iohan Gueorguiev

On September 17th I woke up to a message from my Aunt Henny that Iohan Gueorguiev was dead.  Iohan was the bike tourer/bikepacker that inspired me that biking through a Canadian winter was...

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Paty De Anda

Paty De Anda

Through a random stop at a Fresnillo bike shop called Rocha bike shop I was found a host upon my arrival in Zacatecas.  Paty would be able to offer me an empty lower floor apartment.  There was so...

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Is my bike ride in jeopardy?

Is my bike ride in jeopardy?

Is my bike ride in jeopardy? In a single word – yes.  And my mind is so full of chaos that I need to unload everything about my current situation on paper/computer and the trick will be whether or...

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La Leyenda Restaurant

La Leyenda Restaurant

While in Zacatecas I met another cyclist named Elton.  You can read about our meeting HERE. We would find ourselves at a restaurant called La Leyenda.  The restaurant was filled with trinkets and...

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Zeek GPS

Zeek GPS

Thanks to my host in Torreon Ricardo Mendoza I had a chance meeting with the Manuel Zeek the owner of Zeek GPS.  We hit it off pretty good and he was willing to help my bike ride by providing me...

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Elton Guillen

Elton Guillen

While exploring Zacatecas I would return to Catedral Basílica de Zacatecas twice for photos.  There was too much sunshine coming through the stained glass window in the morning.  During my second...

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Horacio Velázquez

Horacio Velázquez

Arriving in Fresnillo I was not sure what to expect. I was told that the local mountain bike group would be notified of my arrival but what happen was way cooler. Whenever I arrive in a Mexican city...

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Victor F.H.

Victor F.H.

Victor was a really nice humble guy who really wanted to make sure I was taken care of in Sombrerete.  Victor was a flag car that drove over 20 km's behind me into the city of Sombrerete on...

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Channa Ayala or Suzy

Channa Ayala or Suzy

Channa Ayala of Sombrerete was determined to make sure I had a great time in Sombrerete.  She fed many times at her restaurant.  She is also a member of the mountain group that invited me to bike to...

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Román Eduardo Aguilar

Román Eduardo Aguilar

I first met Roman biking into Sombrerete.  Roman was driving a flag truck behind me.  The next day Roman gave me a 3 hour, 19 km bike ride tour around the city.  Later that afternoon we joined other...

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Venno Rodrigues also known as Ben

Venno Rodrigues also known as Ben

Arriving in Vicente Guerrero Ben introduced himself very quickly and offered his place as long as I wanted to stay in VG which ultimately would be 7 nights at his place.  Ben would also create a...

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Durango Mexico Part 3 (Aug 25 to 31)

Durango Mexico Part 3 (Aug 25 to 31)

August 25 Km’s Pedalled - 82 km’s Destination - Vicente Guerrero Some Notes - Today was another amazing day thanks to some of the residents of Durango.  Today I am biking with 4 guys (and Adrian who...

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Durango Mexico Part 2 (Aug 18 to 24)

Durango Mexico Part 2 (Aug 18 to 24)

August 18 Some Notes - I spent the afternoon with Roger as he delivered his coffee all around the city.  Of the many stops we made I found myself in pretty fancy country club.  We also ended up...

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I can’t lie

I can’t lie

I still think about you when I least expect it Your face appears before me The feelings creep back. Your smile haunts me My stomach goes tight My eyes stare into eternity The tears begin to well I...

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Ariel Randeles of Multisport

Ariel Randeles of Multisport

Ariel received me and the NOPAL mountain bike group that biked 90 km's with me to Vicente Guerrero.  Ariel owns the local bike shop in town and also sells the Sunpeed brand of bikes hence the...

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Sunpeed Bikes

Sunpeed Bikes

Thanks to meeting Adrian Ibarra & his girlfriend Dalia Aguirre in Durango and discovering a shifting cable on the verge of snapping Adrian made arrangements to have my bike fixed at Sunpeed. ...

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NOPAL Mountain Bike Club

NOPAL Mountain Bike Club

Thanks to my chance meeting of Adrian Ibarra & his girlfriend Dalia Aguirre who also happened to be members of the NOPAL Mountain Bike Club in Durango.  After Adrian making arrangements to have...

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Rogelio Mendoza

Rogelio Mendoza

Roger is the brother of my Torreon host - Ricardo.  I would end up spending a lot of time with Roger most afternoons during my 9 days in Torreon.  Roger has a coffee roasting company with ambitions...

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Ricardo Mendoza Cerda

Ricardo Mendoza Cerda

By chance encounter I met Ricardo at the main viewing ares of Copper Canyon on July 11.  He was at the canyon helping some new cafe owners on their opening day of a cafe that can be found inside the...

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Durango Mexico Part 1 (August 9 to 17)

Durango Mexico Part 1 (August 9 to 17)

August 9 Km’s Pedalled - 123 km’s (State of Chihuahua - 12 km’s/ State of Durango – 111 km’s) Destination - Bermejillo Some Notes - My only excitement for the entire day was biking through Ceballos...

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Raul Recio and his family

Raul Recio and his family

On my way to Jimenez some guys called me over off the road.  I was quickly offered a beer.  There was on guy who spoke a small amount of English.  Through the conversations Raul who did not speak...

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Marquito Moreno & roommate Eric Rodriguez

Marquito Moreno & roommate Eric Rodriguez

My Creel host Luis Pacheco Vazquez is friends with Marquito (Marco) through the mutual love of bike touring.  After having some hotel issues in Chihuahua Luis connected me with these guys.  This...

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Red Coffee Snake

Red Coffee Snake

Red Coffee Snake - Ninia sebae Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninia_sebae Locally known as Bead and Coral. That being said any red banded snake such as the venomous coral snake has...

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Creel Part 2 (July 24 to 28)

Creel Part 2 (July 24 to 28)

July 24 Some Notes – Being Saturday I had actually predicted an unproductive day and the day sort of started that way but by the end of the day I think I made up for an unproductive morning. At...

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Creel Part 1 (July 16 to 23)

Creel Part 1 (July 16 to 23)

July 16 Some Notes - Today was mostly spent talking and hanging with Luis.  Over the last day an intriguing opportunity has presented itself.  Yesterday I considered asking Luis to teach me how to...

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Jewelry Making?

Jewelry Making?

I have no idea if it’s serendipity or foolish folly.  The randomness of meeting and connecting with Luis Vazquez originally of Mexico City currently residing in Creel for the past 30 years.  A...

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Copper Canyon Part 3 (July 12 to 15)

Copper Canyon Part 3 (July 12 to 15)

July 12 Destination - Creel Some Notes - I actually did not sleep very well last night at all.  There was some dog somewhere that would not stop barking all night.  The weather has cleared and...

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Copper Canyon Part 2 (July 9 to 11)

Copper Canyon Part 2 (July 9 to 11)

July 9 Km’s Pedalled - 33 km’s Some Notes - Took a ride out to Cerro del Gallego Lookout Point and back. A beautiful day.  Unfortunately, I had to set my alarm for an 8 am breakfast here.  After...

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Copper Canyon Part 1 (July 7 to 8)

Copper Canyon Part 1 (July 7 to 8)

At the bottom of this blog post you will find an overview and description of the Copper Canyon and El Chepe train route. July 7 Km’s Pedalled - 29 km’s to the ferry plus 30 km’s when I arrived in...

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Luis & Anna Pacheco Vazquez

Luis & Anna Pacheco Vazquez

Coming back to Creel from an afternoon of biking and hiking at San Ignacio I biked past Luis selling his jewellery at his little table on the main drag of Creel.  Luis quickly waved me over.  Luis...

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Cycling the Baja of Mexico in review

Cycling the Baja of Mexico in review

Truthfully, I am not even sure where to start with the Baja.  When I first started this bike ride on November 12, 2019 and planned to bike through a Canadian winter, I honestly expected that every...

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Mario Munoz

Mario Munoz

I met Mario Munoz of Rancho San Isidro Lodge shortly after arriving in Cerocahui who stopped to ask me where I was going.  I said I was looking for some lookout that was supposed to out this way. ...

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Mexico Baja Part 7 (July 1 to 6)

Mexico Baja Part 7 (July 1 to 6)

July 1 Km’s Pedalled - 31.5 km’s Destination – Tripui Some Notes – I am back on the road.  I headed towards the beach just to check out some of Loreto and it was nice to see along the water and...

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Mexico Baja Part 6 (June 28 to 30)

Mexico Baja Part 6 (June 28 to 30)

June 28 Km’s Pedalled – 69.5 km’s Destination – Loreto Some Notes - I knew that there was risk only sleeping on my tent foot print in the desert.  I didn’t even take my boots off and the sand was...

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David Jajan

David Jajan

Through a young couple on a motorcycle who stopped to met me a week earlier I thought I had a host in La Paz, but last minute that offer fell through.  I reached out to David Jajan literally last...

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Boonjum Tree

Boonjum Tree

I heard about these trees via another cyclist’s bike ride blog post.  So, I was pretty excited about seeing a tree that was endemic to the deserts of Baja California. What information I found on...

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Mexico Baja Part 5 (June 24 to 27)

Mexico Baja Part 5 (June 24 to 27)

I just spent 3 nights in Guerrero Negro and am getting back on the road this morning. June 24 Km’s Pedalled – 142 km’s Destination - 10 km’s north of San Ignacio Some Notes - This morning I was able...

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Mexico Baja – Part 4 (June 19 to 23)

Mexico Baja – Part 4 (June 19 to 23)

June 19 Km’s Pedalled - 77 km’s Destination - Punta Prieta Some Notes - I found my first Boojum tree near my camping spot.  A little ways down the road I found a really nice section of desert that...

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Mexico Baja – Part 3 (June 16 to 18)

Mexico Baja – Part 3 (June 16 to 18)

June 16 Km’s Pedalled - 68 km’s (Strava shut off for a 7 km) Destination - 20 km's south of Puertecitos Some Notes - I think temperatures are above 100F.  So a few degrees lower than my usual but I...

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Mexico Baja – Part 2 (June 11 to 15)

Mexico Baja – Part 2 (June 11 to 15)

I am still in Mexicali preparing for my Mexican Baja leg of my bike ride June 11 Some Notes - I slept like crap last night.  I started this morning with a Road Show.  Thanks to Brandon he mentioned...

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Mexico – My Truth

Mexico Baja – Part 1 (June 9 & 10)

June 9 Km’s Pedalled – 14 km’s to border / 17.5 km’s Mexico Destination - Mexicali Some Notes - Where do I even start about today?  I mean the day started out with a phone call from long time...

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Arizona Part 4 – May 31 to June 4

Arizona Part 4 – May 31 to June 4

May 31 Km’s Pedalled - 41 km’s Destination - 10 km’s from Bullhead City Some Notes – I wrote and posted Arizona Part 3 and I researched and made a bunch of notes for biking the Baja Mexico.  I left...

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Arizona Part 3 – May 25 to 30

Arizona Part 3 – May 25 to 30

May 25 Km’s Pedalled - 74 km’s Destination - 24 km’s to Williams Some Notes – A sunny hot day.  I started this morning with my last views of the Grand Canyon near the visitors center area of the...

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Utah Part 8 – May 16 & Summary

Utah Part 8 – May 16 & Summary

May 16 Km’s Pedalled - 51 km’s hike and bike (biked 16 km’s on gravel) Destination - Utah/Arizona border Some Notes - Temperatures were great today with even a few clouds. Last night on Google Maps...

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Utah Part 7 – May 10 to 15

Utah Part 7 – May 10 to 15

May 11 Km’s Pedalled - 88.5 km’s Destination – between Bluff & Mexican Hat Some Notes - A different day than yesterday but another physically demanding day.  Cool temperatures this morning again...

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Utah Part 6 – May 3 to 10

Utah Part 6 – May 3 to 10

May 3 Km’s Pedalled – 34.5 km’s hiked and biked Destination – camping on a 4x4 road near Devils Garden Some Notes – A breezy, cool, and overcast morning.  I don’t like the wind at all.  Packing up a...

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Dave & Jana Knowles

Dave & Jana Knowles

Dave and Jana Knowles of Moab, UT hosted for 6 nights in total.  They hosted me when I arrived in Moab and then I took off for 6 nights to visit Canyonlands, NP, Dead Horse Point SP and Arches NP. ...

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Utah Part 5 (April 30 to May 2)

Utah Part 5 (April 30 to May 2)

April 30 Km’s Pedalled – 74.5 km’s (with a little hiking) Destination – camped within a mile of yesterdays spot Some Notes – A sunny hot day.  Little did I know that a mile up the road that most of...

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Utah Part 4 (April 24 to 29)

Utah Part 4 (April 24 to 29)

April 24 Km’s Pedalled - 65 km’s hike and bike Destination - 27 km’s from Green River Some Notes – I am very tired this morning from yesterday and my hands feel like jello from all the dragging (of...

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Utah Part 3 (April 19 to 23)

Utah Part 3 (April 19 to 23)

April 19 Km’s Pedalled - 64.5 km’s Destination - 15 km’s from Bolder City Some Notes - While last night didn’t not get as cold as the last few days I continue to sleep like crap. Which has me...

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Utah Part 2 (April 14 to 18)

Utah Part 2 (April 14 to 18)

April 14 Km’s Pedalled - 59.5 km’s Destination - Glendale (Just East of Zion Bryce Campground) Some Notes – A beautiful sunny day as usual.  The switchbacks getting out of Zion National Park weren’t...

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Utah Part 1 (April 7 to 13)

Utah Part 1 (April 7 to 13)

April 7 Km’s Pedalled - 32 km’s in Arizona plus 21 km’s in Utah Destination - St George Some Notes - A very cold, long night.  I shivered most of the night and my shoulders and back were sore from...

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Matt & Stephanie Hoag

Matt & Stephanie Hoag

Matt & Stephanie Hoag of St George Utah.  Matt and Stephanie became hosts for me through long time ride follower Patrick Sisk who is also friends with ride follower Perry Stone.  Matt &...

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Nevada Part 4 (April 5 to 6) & Summary

Nevada Part 4 (April 5 to 6) & Summary

April 5 Km’s Pedalled - 62.5 km’s Nevada plus 3 km’s into Arizona Destination – 3 km’s inside Arizona Some Notes - I woke up feeling more normal this morning but I am very weak from barely eating...

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Nevada Part 3 (April 1 to 4)

Nevada Part 3 (April 1 to 4)

April 1 Km’s Pedalled - 65 km’s Destination - Henderson Some Notes – A nice sunny day with possible temperatures into the 30’s/90’s.  I left the Airbnb - 5807 Pastel Colors St, Las Vegas at 11:30...

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Streaked Sphinx Moth

Streaked Sphinx Moth

Streaked Sphinx Moth - Protambulyx strigilis Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protambulyx_strigilis Click on image to enlarge More Belizean...

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60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 11 – Final Review

60 days in Las Vegas – Part 10

I am spending about 60 days in Las Vegas to work on assorted content and audience building projects.  If you are interested in building audiences and that sort of thing I encourage you to follow my...

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Just the facts.  What are the chances?

Just the facts.  What are the chances?

I met Bruce and Rennee Allen of Grande Prairie, Alberta during my first bike tour on July 18, 2011 and stayed with them for 2 nights.  The reason I met the Allen’s was thanks to my laptop...

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