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post #16 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 09:40 AM
Headed for the Mountains
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Wow. Amazing trip guys! Thanks for sharing.

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post #17 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 10:00 AM
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Location: Mission, BC, Canada.
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wow, unbelievable . I'll have the check out your blog when I have time ... need to catch up on your journey!
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post #18 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2009, 11:44 AM
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definitely not a "wimpout" when personal safety and survival is concerned. I've been following your blog and its a TREMENDOUS bike story. Thanks for all of the updates and posts that you do.
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post #19 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2009, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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After pedalling 14,400 kilometres through 13 countries in the last 9 months, here we jolly well are in Tirana, Albania. All that's left to do between now and early December is to get ourselves to an airport reached by Air Canada, so we can get home on Chris's points.

We started in Thailand in January, and have been through Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Greece.

It's been an amazing experience, and we count ourselves as truly fortunate to be able to do this at a grey-haired 57 (Chris has just had his birthday and mine is imminent.) The point is not to congratulate us on having done something superhuman. There have been a few tough moments, but most of the journey has been a lesson that the world (even some of the poorest parts of it)is a safe, friendly, and amazingly generous place. Yes, it takes a reasonable level of slow-steady fitness, but much more importantly it takes organization, a bit of cultural-geographic awareness ...and the will.

The point is that a bicycle is a wonderful way to travel the world. You'll find your own pace. You'll find your own style of travel. Yes, Virginia, there is life after kids! And for us, it's been a damned good one.

If you've got itchy feet, get a bike, get maps, and GO!!!

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post #20 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2009, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for the bump - I bookmarked your blog and was following it for awhile, now I need to catch up.

You guys are good writers.
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