Time to make the donuts

UGG UGG FIRE UGG UGG I’m a bit of a fire girl. And by that, I mean that while camping in my youth, I always exercised my dominance over fire and harnessed it inside a circle of rocks beaten smooth by a river. Or something. And over that fire, I would place a homemade cooking skillet that my Dad constructed by welding three legs onto a disc from a disc plow. Dang, my Dad is awesome! I call him MacGuyver. But that thing was heavy. And I think to throw a device like that on a Bob Trailer may push …

TransAmerica video: One for the Kipper

MY KINGDOM FOR A TENT I’m a little worried. Worried that I’m enjoying the accumulation of gear a little too much. That I find too much joy in researching camping materials and gnatty little moisture wicking technologies. That I squee too hard when I find something that weighs next to nothing to put in my pack. That I bore people to tear tsunamis when I excitedly explain the twiggy-like properties of a tent to them. I’m worried that I’ll look back on this time a year from now and say: “Well, that was the best part of the trip.” Because …

Maps are Epic – TransAmerica Update

I’m completely fascinated by maps. Actual physical maps. And atlases. When I was a kid, one of the things I loved about visiting my Grandparents was going into the cupboard and pulling out the old (1962) Readers Digest World Atlas – still in the box it was shipped in – and drooling over the sheer detail (photos below). Yes, I would dream about travel and seeing the world, but mostly I would just, well, look at it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google Earth and all that fly-by and tech stuff, but there’s just something great about laying a …

Welcome, Mr. Zimmerman

Oh, it’s a hotly debated issue in the touring cyclist world. Panniers vs. trailer. It’s the Mac vs. PC. The Cats vs. Dogs. But I don’t care. I made a decision and this is it. This lil’ Bob Yak trailer, whom I have christened Zimmerman, can carry 70lbs if needed. I am actually trying to keep the load down to around 50lbs or less. Now, you might be saying to yourself: “But Janeen, you’re not leaving until May. Why did you get this so soon?” That’s a very astute observation. The answer is because I would like to do some …

One year in cycling

I made this 20×30 inch poster as a sort of celebration (actual size version to explore here). One year of my life, from November 16th, 2008 to November 15, 2009 (my birthday). One year of partnership with my road bike. It should be noted that prior to buying Baby, I rode a bike perhaps 5 to 10 times a year. If that. So this was quite a jump in mileage for me. Quite a jump in focus. Quite a change in lifestyle. I can’t tell you why I’ve become so enamored with cycling, all I can say is that is …

e-motion rollers

Picked up a set of e-motion rollers for the winter. I thought Pros/Cons list might be useful for those wondering if a set of these need to be in their future. Price paid: $775 (not including shipping) Bought from: Inside Ride’s eBay store Full Disclosure: I have never owned rollers before, nor tried any other brand. Hey, before October, I’d never owned a road bike (I have traveled to many countries with my trusty MTB by my side though – between me and the road actually – so I’m not new to riding). THE PROS 1. They’re rollers for dummies. …