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Over the past year, I’ve really fallen in love with certain aspects of bike touring. I love that it’s challenging, and unpredictable, and that the road and the environment can change so drastically through the course of a day. So, I decided to write up in more detail than usual a single day, which for me encapsulates the kinds of challenges and experiences that make a trip like this worthwhile for me.

Crossing the Cascades: Or, a Day in the Life of ...



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After spending several awesome months enjoying Latin America, it is now summertime in the US, and I definitely don’t want to be below the equator during our limited good weather. Also, I have a number of commitments in the US this summer. So, I decided to immerse myself in the American West with a 1,500-2,000 mile trip on the TransAmerica bike route.

Cycling the Western Half of the Transamerica: Coastal Oregon.





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This May, my little sister Emily and her long-term boyfriend Brian both came to visit me in Peru. We had been planning for a long time to do an international trip together, and after much research they suggested Peru and Machu Picchu. I was all in.

Cusco and Macchu Picchu



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I was surprised to see how diverse Mexico is: geographically, socioeconomically, culturally, and even ethnically. In fact, the various indigenous communities in Mexico are as genetically distinct as Europeans are from Southeast Asians. Although it’s only 20% the size of the US, it has about 40% as many people, 50% as much coastline. In short, there is plenty to see andto explore in Mexico. So, between my longer stays in San Poncho, Guanajuato, Mexico City, and Oaxaca, I […]

Mexico: Points In-between



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Oaxaca (“whoa-hahk-uh”, I think) is one of the most famous regions of Mexico, and not just because of its awesome name. It’s famous for its indigenous culture, its incredible and diverse cuisine (especially mole), and its handicrafts (particularly textiles and hand painted goods). I spent about 3 weeks in Oaxaca, and I recommend it highly as an amazing tourist destination that you can easily visit from the US.

Oaxaca and the Pueblos Mancomunados



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After Guanajuato, I decided to spent the week of Easter in Mexico City. Apparently, it’s the best time of the year to visit, because everybody leaves the city to visit family or to go to the beach. Despite the worst pollution in decades (due to anomalous weather), I found Mexico City to be very approachable and fun to visit.

Mexico City



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On my way from Guadalajara to the famous Monarch Butterfly Reserves, I planned to spend two nights in a University town called Guanajuato. But, within minutes of arriving, fell in love with the town. It was so historic, walkable, and appealing that before the night was over I had found a local Spanish school, organized a homestay with a local family, and settled in for a two-week stay.

Guanajuato



Puerto Vallarta and San Poncho both had epic sunsets over the ocean every night.
Having spent a month getting a head-start on my Spanish in Guatemala, and having then spent about two and a half months working at Creare and at Whistle, I decided that it was time to enjoy traveling for a while in a Spanish-speaking country. I considered Argentina or Chile to start with, since it would be summer there, but I ended up joining up with my friend Corina in Mexico. I’ve always felt interested in Mexico, […]

Western Mexico: P.V., San Pancho and Guadalajara