Q & A


Has your bike broken very often? Nope! Not once! The Surly LHT has been incredibly good to me. My racks on the other hand broke in the middle of nowhere which could have been a disaster! Ive since switched to Tubus racks and they are really great. How many times have you cried on the … Continue reading Q & A

Strange Sleeps in Xinjiang


In my last post “Alone In China” I mentioned being ushered from foreign hotel to foreign hotel. In Xinjiang Province, there are certain hotels specifically for foreigners. They are a rare find, however. One afternoon, for example, I was taken in a police van for 200 km, past four different cities, in search of a … Continue reading Strange Sleeps in Xinjiang

Are You Happy?


Ellen Carney, the Director of Youth Programs at the Happy Kids Center, wrote me a Facebook message a few days ago. “Are you happy?” She asked. I stared at the screen, digesting the question. Swirling it around in my head, letting the urge to intellectualize the question and answer immediately settle down. I let the … Continue reading Are You Happy?

The Land of In-Betweens


We rode out around 10 am. The sky was blue and filled with clouds that reminded me of my childhood drawings– big, puffy, white and animated. We waved goodbye to Claudia and Oliver, two cycle-tourers we had met in Kunming and had decided to cross paths with as often as possible. Legends, they are. And … Continue reading The Land of In-Betweens

ONE MONTH!


It’s been one month since I set off from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here are some of my thoughts about cycle touring thus far.

Let’s do this.


Hello!! Welcome to Unlearning by Bike! I’m sitting in Princeton Public Library right now. A stack of nine books sit to my left, a pad and paper on my right and my two back roller Ortlieb bike bags are on the chair next to me. For the past few months I’ve been preparing. I’ve been … Continue reading Let’s do this.