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Travel Story Archives

This is the archive of my travel stories. Most of these stories have been written and published while I on the road. They are in reverse chronological order. Each story contains pictures.


March 21, 2001 - To the Top of Africa
Always the type to climb to the top of things, there was no way I was going to miss out on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.

March 7, 2001 - Inside the Glass Bubble
In sub-Saharan Africa for the first time, I decide to do the tourist thing, and go on safari.

Europe and Morocco

February 22, 2001 - A Tale of Ten Cities
In order to avoid the high costs, I go on a power tour of the rest of Europe, taking advantage of offers from friends and family to visit. In my whirlwind tour, I pass through France, England, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Greece.

December 18, 2000 - Barcelona Blues
Continuing up the East coast of Spain, I discover the best and worst that Barcelona has to offer.

December 11, 2000 - The Accidental Babysitter
What was supposed to be a relaxing visit to one of Spain's most interesting cities turns into an exercise in sleep deprivation, as I get tricked into playing babysitter for a troubled soul.

December 6, 2000 - Fast Times in Morocco
Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, begins in Morocco, and I find that with it comes a whole new view of the country.

November 28, 2000 - Mountains of Snow, Mountains of Sand
Needing to escape from the madness of the cities, I head south, and discover a magical world of mountains, gorges, and desert.

November 17, 2000 - Around the World in 8 Days
In the course of just over a week, I go on a cultural world tour, going from crumpets and pasties in Gibraltar to the exotic world of souqs and snake charmers in Morocco.

November 7, 2000 - Any Port in a Storm
With only a few hours separating me from an entirely different country, I decide to take a side trip to Portugal, where I soon find myself on the motorcycle trip from hell.

October 31, 2000 - Like a Ghost Into a Fog
My world tour resumed, I head to the safe and sane world of Spain, where I find an unexpected anonymity.

South America

June 14, 2000 - Bolivia by Storm
My bike happily resting in a hotel in La Paz, I attempt to take in the sights and sounds of Bolivia - in a whirlwind ten day tour.

June 5, 2000 - High and Dry
Riding on the desolate Peruvian high plain, I skirt along the edge of Lake Titicaca as I make my way to my final destination, the high Bolivian capital of La Paz.

May 30, 2000 - Inca Trails and Tribulations
Political turmoil and a blatent disrespect of the beaten path bring adventure to the predictable tourist destinations of Cusco and Machu Picchu, Perú

May 25, 2000 - Rocky Roads in Perú, part 1
Atrocious roads, thin air, and freezing nights can't detract from the wonders of my biking journey, as I cycle from village to village high in the Perúvian Alps.
May 25, 2000 - Rocky Roads in Perú, part 2
A continuation of the story of the stunning peaks and inviting locals of the Alps of southern Perú.
May 17, 2000 - Breathless in Seattle
Gloomy skies and rain leave me feeling like I've been mysteriously transported back to America's Pacific Northwest, rather than being in the tropical, equadorian country of Ecuador.
May 7, 2000 - The Two Faces of Colombia
In an apparent paradox, I find a magical land of lush mountains and wonderfully warm people amid a country ravaged by kidnappings, killings, and guerrilla warring.


Central America

Apr. 26, 2000 - Fear and Loathing in Panamá
A savage journey to the heart of American colonialism.
Apr. 17, 2000 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
An island of tranquility and kindness saves Nicaragua's reputation, just as I was convinced that the visit was not worth the headache.
Apr. 7, 2000 - In Sickness and in Health
A prolonged bout of flu attempts to sideline my pedaling plans for the mountains of Guatemala, but to my lungs' dismay, I push on.
Apr. 2, 2000 - They Call Me Gringo
As pavement turns to dirt and my relative anonymity turns into a rolling freak show, it becomes apparent that I have crossed the border into a new land, the land of Guatemala.


Mar. 23, 2000 - Make a Run for the Border
After a much needed break in Oaxaca, I set my sights on the state of Chiapas, where I begin my second major biking leg to the southern border.

Mar. 14, 2000 - Que Te Vaya Por Feliz Camino ("Happy Trails")
I abandon the hustle and bustle of the city for the wide open campo, and get into a biking groove. Destination: Oaxaca.
Mar. 7, 2000 - Life in the Big City
The city boy in me comes out as I settle into Mexico City, the world's largest city.
Mar. 3, 2000 - The Real Work Begins
Finally on my own, the vacation ends and real travel begins, as I test out my biking legs riding from Los Barriles to La Paz, Baja California.
Feb. 29, 2000 - Where The Sidewalk Ends
A tiny town with dirt roads, abandoned vehicles, and western restaurants with prices in US dollars, Los Barriles is a town in transition.
Feb. 27, 2000 - Into The Wild?
A kayak trip into the remote waters of the Sea of Cortez turns into an exercise in indulgence.
Feb. 24, 2000 - De Arriba A Baja
Finally with a departure date to get me motivated, I begin my odyssey with a road trip with friends from San Francisco to La Paz, Baja CA.


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