Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick Tip #2

When we were bicycling through Alaska and Canada, we made sure to have a can of bear deterrent (serious business defensive pepper spray) on hand in case we had any hairy encounters, however, it also came in quite handy in the more sketchy areas of California where we were threatened more than once by cracked out homeless guys (and ladies too!). We never had to use it, but the threat of being blasted in the face with bear-strength pepper spray from 30 feet away was always enough to keep dangerous crazies at bay, and keep us feeling safe.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quick Tip #1

When biking or hiking through the Yukon Territory, be sure not to neglect your best manners when stopping in at the few establishments along the route.  Although it may feel like you are in the wild frontier where manners matter very little, many of the locals definitely have a sense of propriety.  When stopping in at restaurants, hotels, or the average roadhouse, take the time to put on some decent pants over your bike shorts, take off your hat (or helmet) indoors, and it wouldn't hurt to spritz a little something that smells a little more pleasant than "eau de tour de France." Your best manners will go a long way here in making sure you, and your hosts, enjoy your visit.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Winter Bike Training

It might be the middle of winter, but many cyclists might argue that it is time to start training for the spring and summer.  You will see some of those people out and about on their bikes--even here in Salt Lake City where today the temperature will hit 7°F.  I am NOT one of those people.  The only time I'm going outside is to make a beeline to or from my car.  MAYBE I'll bundle up and go do some snowshoe hikes or snowboarding... but it will take a serious pep talk.

But bravo to those of you who ARE out on your bikes this time of year.  You guys are NUTS, but you are committed, and I approve.  For the rest of us though, here are some ideas for staying in top condition in the off season without even leaving your home.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome 2013!

So far, I have hardly been able to put the work behind this blog that it needs.  I'm very sorry for any readers who stumble upon this blog only to be sorely dissapointed at the severe lack of content.  The winds are changing, however, and that will all be different in 2013.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Is Mexico Safe?

One comment that we got from people ALL THE TIME--especially in Southern California as we were approaching the US/Mexico border--was to avoid going into Mexico.  Actually, I still get the comment all the time.  It poses a tricky question:  Is it safe to enter Tijuana from San Diego on bikes?

The short answer is no.

Here is the long answer:

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