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Brian Lucido

Brian Lucido

Atascadero, California
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Oct 2014
Jan 2015

Current Month

  • 72.4mi
  • 31h 28m
  • 14,778ft

Recent Achievements

  • 2nd best estimated 10 mile effort
  • 7th overall on Pacific Crest Trail Climb
  • PR on Hwy 46 - Old Creek to Vineyard
  • 2nd fastest time on Shadow Descent


Distance 1,526.2mi
Time 479h 2m
Elevation Gain 334,728ft
Runs 121


Total Distance 5,977.5mi
Total Time 1220h 56m
Total Elev Gain 826,483ft
Total Runs 875

Recent Photos

  • Good morning at Garnet Lake with Banner Peak in background
  • Sierra High Route Last night.
  • SHR
  • All the food I have left for the next 26 hours, 35 miles, and 8500'. This makes things more interesting, because I've been rationing today too. Lost my sunglasses at twin island lakes this morning. Otherwise, everything else is going well!
  • Lone tree on South Kaibab trail
  • Janet and I got up close to some California condors. I didn't know they were in the Grand Canyon too. They let us watch them for 25 minutes. There were a lot of other people around too. I kept wondering if Condors are aware of their history with humans, and have a connection with us.  My friend Leor watched Condors from 15 feet a couple weeks ago. Maybe it is just because they've been in captivity?  One of these is #23, so it would be cool to look up its history to see if it was born in the wild or released. Condors live for 40 to 50 years, so it could have been raised by humans.
  • The bottom of the north Kaibab trail is really narrow
  • Glenn on his way down
  • Half way up the North rim
  • #cerroalto #sunset
  • Gary coming up reservoir flats trail #stravaphoto
  • Gary coming up Valencia peak trail #stravaphoto
  • Gary on trout creek trail #stravaphoto
  • Gary loving the lupines.
  • Coming down from Caldwell Mesa #stravaphoto
  • Leor on Kandelbinder peak
  • Leor in front of Ventana falls (he gave it this name; it's not mapped yet). This was the highlight of the trip.
  • Leor climbing a very dicey landslide that otherwise looked like Sedona.
  • Seems like a good place to send a text message from, no?
  • Running out of Indians.
  • Kirk creek sunset
  • Falls on the way to Vicente falls.
  • Me in front of Vicente falls (selfie)
  • From stone creek trail
  • Beautiful Start of American canyon trail.
  • Meadow near bottom of American canyon.
  • View on top of Manchessa mountain, the highest peak in La Panza range.
  • Janet at start of trout creek trail
  • Heavenly oak near Stoney creek trail.
  • On the way to Caldwell Mesa
  • Cool rock formations by Stoney Creek.
  • Leor on Santa Lucia trail
  • He drinks straight from the stream...
  • Joey in front of Last Chance falls
  • Jeff falls. Beauty!
  • David on Lottie Potrero trail #silverpeakwilderness
  • David on Lottie Portero trail.
  • Spruce creek trail
  • David on three peaks trail.
  • Almond? Tree in full bloom!?
  • Zuma creek
  • Glenn near silver peak
  • Glenn on the #buckeye trail in Silver peaks wilderness
  • Glenn on Buckeye trail
  • Meika runs up islay peak
  • Leor atop #Ventana cone (single)
  • Leor at creek above #round rock camp
  • Doug and Lauren's new house
  • Santa Cruz dirt ride begins
  • Janet's birthday ride
  • Doug at poly canyon
  • @nicalorber a chance run in with the infamous BH!
  • Paul's #fatbike
  • Janet and chris at the #eucs
  • Shinoko wonder dawg
  • Kim rocking it at the #eucs
  • Janet on #cuestagrade
  • #uncletomscabin I didn't park here #supertour day 1
  • #money on the ceiling. #goodbusinessidea
  • #supertour day 9 #hotairbaloon
  • Janet at #montanadeloro
  • So, how are you spending your #saturdaynight ??
  • #ventanatandem happy
  • Matty-d at #Sedona
  • Matty-d fits just right
  • Josh-I-moto
  • #prescott #mtb
  • Nancy #MTb
  • Rack welded by Terry
  • Brian and the #tandembike in #baja
  • We found a thirsty dog in the middle of nowhere in the Baja desert. Brian cut open some litter to make a doggie water bowl. Very friendly dog.
  • Janet's Latin lover
  • Love camping in #baja
  • These funny guys make the military checks seem more benign
  • #selfie using rubber band and a sign post
  • After #Mulege, there are tons of white sand beaches. Happy Super Bowl, amigos!
  • Picture of the day. Great sunrise. Palapas abound in #bajacalifornia
  • Brian soaking in #hierveelagua
  • Janet and I finally got tired of being sick. I have always heard that you can buy prescription drugs over the counter in #mexico, but i never had the need to try. I went to the pharmacy , and sure enough , you need a prescription. But lo and behold, we have a doctor next door who will check you out. Free. Sure enough, the doctor was in. He took my temperature, asked a bunch of questions, and put the stethoscope on my stomach.  Diagnosis: mal de estomago. I told him Janet was sick too (she was still at the hotel). He wrote a prescription for her in her absence.  My whole visit took maybe 20 minutes, and now we are on #cipro
  • Post by Brian: In life, I often feel like things happen for a reason. It is especially noticeable on a bike tour , where one seemingly chance encounter leads you to another good experience. A couple days ago we met Richard who is also bike touring. He is from Quebec, and for two days we had the pleasure of his company and wonderful stories. While with him, we cycled some of the most beautiful scenery of the trip thus far, we camped at a mountain mans house one night, and on the drying patio for #plumashidalgo coffee the next night. We entertained them with our travel stories, and confusing age arrangement (Richard and Janet are the same age, but I am younger - leading people to believe that they are my parents)  they told us of their lives, and the Mtn man of his kids that all left to live in the United States.
  • Post by Brian. Janet getting a mud facial. The man putting it on also guided us through the waterfalls and a small cave. He pointed out a lot of animals and vegetation, but unfortunately, the names are hard to remember unless written down. Janet's face looked bright and shiny after it was done.
  • Post by Brian. Here is Janet jumping into one of the "Magic waterfalls".
  • Post by Brian. I think your mobile phone is "using" you. We decided to venture out to a place called the Magic Waterfalls. I plotted our route by using Panoramio and finding geotagged pictures of cool places, then making a "connect the dots" route using Google maps.  This place was deep in the jungle. Nevertheless, Google maps was able to plot a walking route to the gps coordinates in the geotagged photos. I assumed there must be a road out there, if@it made it to google maps.  Anyway, we followed the GPS track as it went from dirt to double track. As we got deeper into the jungle, we occasionally saw a walker with a machete, but no one else. Eventually it turned into single track and we were still exactly on course. How is this possible?  How does Google know about little tiny trails deep in the jungle?  I realized that with 6 out of the 7 billion people on this planet with cell phones, it is possible that Google is recording where people go and using their movement data to create maps. They know the speed and location of the phone, and it is transparent to the user. I can think of no other way that this information could have been added.  Anyway, we traveled 3 days in very difficult MTb terrain to arrive at some very beautiful falls.
  • Post by Janet. #elchiflon waterfalls. Beautiful nice place to camp. No dogs.
  • We spent the last few days riding past many indigenous communities in #Chiapas.  Initially, we r regarded with suspicion here (not unexpected given history of foreigners in this land). Thankfully, w/ warm smiles and waves, people open up. We had rugged riding, and stopped at dark.were offered place to camp at man's house/store. very friendly, and we talked about a range of topics, including fact that he is #Tojoloba #Maya. There r ~31 dialects of #Mayan left, they can't understand each other. One thing about #indigenous people here is that their Spanish is extremely easy for me to understand. This may be because we are both speaking our second language.  He explained that a man working in the field can average 4US per day, but a man with a store can earn 12US per day.  Doing math, I suddenly felt ashamed to be drinking bottled water in front of them - my little bottle cost nearly 20% of a field workers daily wage! his family, and then his extended family came 2 watch us set up and cook dinner. Our stove and air mattresses were of keen interest.  While family crowded around us, some of the teenagers played English pop songs on their cell phones w/no cell reception.  Presently, a man stumbled by in background. All I heard was "pinche"cabrones"I asked our host, "that guy is saying bad words. Is it okay?" He said, "yeah okay. That is my brother; he acts like that when he is drunk". Next, a public service megaphone from town center started making announcement that could heard all over town. I asked what it was, and it is "the colony" asking for money. People give their money, and then the colony re distributes it. like a commune, I asked, and he said yes. After we failed 2 produce new toys, crowd left, and we heard a woman calling across town in Tonoloba language. We didn't understand,but we think she was calling her daughter to come home. Miles away we could hear a girl yell back, her reply ending with a bird like call in the night. Who needs cell reception?
  • Janet relaxing at #fuentesgeorginas  this is the granddaddy of all #hotsprings  top pool ranges from 106 to 108F. Lower pools are cooler.  Surroundings are tropical despite the 8000 foot elevation.
  • #spiderweb found at #fuentesgeorginas
  • Riding in to #fuentesgeorginas on the #tandembike
  • Entering #Guatemala. It's all uphill from here.
  • If you think it is #wussy that we only do 50 miles in 12 hours on #strava, this picture might explain things. I think #googledrivingdirections might have a bug. This time I used driving directions instead of walking.  We are now in the midst of walking thousands of feet DOWN a paved road that is so steep, the heat from the brakes is softening the pannier back.
  • Last night it was getting really late in #elsalvador. We still had to ride 4000' more up the side of the #santaana volcano to our campground. We were thinking about where to stealth camp, but we heard this singing. It was like the #sirens - We were drawn to it. We rode for miles in the dark, her voice carried that far. We finally came to a church where she was singing. From here, various kind people directed us to a coffee finca that happens to have a playground where we could set up our tent.  They also have this beautiful patio above lago #coatepeque.
  • #volcancerroverde from the flank of #volcansantaana. We rode up the side of the volcano, but did not hike cerro verde because you need to go with a guide and armed guard at 11 am - this shot was from the early morning before the clouds came. You can barely make out the sulfur cloud coming from the #volcano #crater. #elsalvador
  • In #elsalvador many of the busses are raised up in front like those #hotrod #busses that jump over cars and shoot flames out of their exhaust on TV.  Fortunately, their driving is a lot less scary than the Guatemala bus drivers.  I don't know why, but I thought of @steveofranklin when I took this - maybe because if he had a bus, he would raise it like this.
  • By Brian: As some of you know, I fear things like shark attacks and meteorites. So when I come to a country where people are often telling me how an #earthquake leveled their town, or how a volcano #eruption forced them to evacuate, I have a new thing to fear.  Couple that with poor construction, and I think it is a legitimate fear. Well, the night before last, Janet and I were sleeping, and I awoke suddenly to shaking. I yelled "#Earthquake!" in an attempt to wake Janet up. I kept yelling it as I tried to run out the door. The ground was all over the place and I couldn't walk straight. Janet, meanwhile was slowly getting out of bed, as I was fumbling with the door. We finally got out of the building into the steamy night air. I found out the next day from the armed security guard that it had been a 6.5, which is pretty decent, even for a California guy.  In summary, #elsalvador was a great place to ride. Ample shoulders, pretty good drivers.  Some tourist places, but no tourists, meaning that we get extra attention.  El Salvador is still the kind of place where you could sit down at a store for a Coke, and the owner will show you pictures of all their sons, daughters, and family, and tell you lots of stories.
  • It's the thought that counts. #honduras gets an A for effort with their #bikelanes.  We were going to take a boat around the country, because of the statistics: Honduras has the honor of having the HIGHEST murder rate of any country in the world (80 for every 100,000). By comparison, the USA is 4, Mexico is 18.., but for perspective, New Orleans hovers around 130... Anyway, the boat didn't really come to fruition. I knew that @hops had been here recently, but we also heard that the #peacecorps had just evacuated all it's volunteers from here. I'm glad we rode thru Honduras. This country had the highest "cheer per mile" ratio yet. This means bus loads of people passing and #cheering us on. Also, a lot of people pulling alongside in cars moving at our speed only to take a cell phone picture of us. That has been happening more and more.  Anyway, we spent one night in Honduras, and felt safe.  Scenery-wise, it was not very exciting, so I didn't mind passing thru.
  • #endoflife for our  #vittoriarubinopro tire after 2,419 #tandem #reartire miles, so technically, that is like 4,838 single bike miles. #schwalbemarathon series tires are the go-to tires for touring, boasting 12,000 mile durability. but I wouldn't discount the additional 1-2 mph we get from these fast tires. We packed two spares, and I think we will need 2 more if we go all the way to Machu Picchu.
  • #fincamagdalena in #Nicaragua.  A quiet place to spend the night. We've been following the tourist route the last 5 days which means maybe a few more amenities, but interactions with (possibly) more jaded people. I think we got a little spoiled being the center of attention. I think that after a while, it can mess up your expectations. So now, I'm endeavoring to be a good tourist, smile, even when the locals don't smile back, and use all the polite words and mannerisms in my vocabulary. Today we met a guy from Spain named Goyo. We shared our thoughts about Nicaragua with him, and made many of the same observations. For example, on our boat ride to the island, foreigners are required to travel first class. Sure, it is a way to get more money from us, but when I walked down to the lower level to see what it was like down there - with their bathrooms with no water, I suddenly felt like I was in Segregated America. It felt so wrong. To carry our bicycle, we paid 90C, but I peeked at the receipts for the locals, and even for thousands of bags of bananas, maybe they pay 16C. Nicaragua has figured out how to capitalize on the tourist. They have nice places to visit and good organization, but I sure miss the (perhaps imagined) feel of solidarity with the local people. It's a new place; every country here is different! #islaometepe
  • Today we hiked up #volcanmaderes in #Nicaragua. This #volcano is interesting because it has a lake in the crater. Unfortunately, the very top was in the clouds, as is common with these volcanos. Nevertheless, it was still beautiful!  This is a picture from within the crater.
  • Janet chilling on #islaometepe
  • When you see #windturbunes on a bike tour, it is usually a very bad sign.  When the road is made of rocks, you're looking at 12 miles in 4 hours.  We're now looking for the beautiful parts of #costarica
  • Post by Brian. I heard #costarica was a nature lovers paradise. I was expecting to acquaint with more of the furry type nature, and didn't think much about the proboscis type nature. Well, I'll post another picture in a minute to make up for this one.
  • Post by Brian. This was one of our campsites. We woke a few times at night as you could feel the hooves of the #horses vibrating the ground. The horses were trailblazing through the jungle, so it concerned me that they might have equal disregard for our tent. There was also concern they might get #clotheslined by our clothesline. All that worry, and none of it came to be.
  • Pbb. Who is this?  #gecko? #lizard? #chameleon?  We don't know. We also saw coati, and some iguana like guys (you know the ones that look funny while running on national geographic).
  • Blue #butterfly. Blue is a rare color in nature.
  • #butterfly
  • Janet and I had been having trouble finding camping in #costarica. In the other countries, people often sit outside their houses enjoying the weather, waving as we go by. That makes it easy to strike up a conversation. In Costa Rica, people are more indoors, and generally less accessible.  So, i mentioned this to Janet in semi-complaint form. Sure as always, I was made to eat my words. Less than an hour after I made my observation, we were trying to find a place to camp near #HangingBridgesOfArenal, when a very kind family pulled up, and asked us to stay at their house. "Here are the keys to our house; we are going on vacation for a few days. Stay as long as you want. Our home is yours. Here, have some wine with us before we leave our house to you. I will call my uncle and get you a free entry to the butterfly grove. Also, ask for choyote and he will let you into the hanging bridges too." I couldn't believe the generosity of this family. The bridges and #MotMotJungle were amazing, and the staff were so very polite to us and everyone else. I highly recommend it for a warm inviting experience if you come to CR!
  • It cost $10US per person to come see this waterfall. Janet kindly decided to stay out and watch the bike.  It was definitely beautiful, but I was going to tell Janet it wasn't worth $10. Then I decided to swim. I realized that whenever I've been to a waterfall of this magnitude, swimming is not allowed. Wow. It was thrilling to be a part of the mayhem, and a little panic inducing because if you aren't breathing in waves of water, you're breathing in mist. Ok, worth ten bucks.
  • These #monkeys were busy making more #monkeys. I feel like a jerk for taking this picture, and more of a #jerk for posting it on Instagram.
  • Post by Brian. Today I realized that not everyone back home had seen one of these #calentadores before. I wish I had thought to take a picture of the more janky ones with wires sticking out everywhere. You don't have to be an #electrician to know that water and electricity are not a safe combination. These are pretty much everywhere, notice that you turn on the water up top - this one is fancy with an actual shower valve.  Actually, it is a super efficient way to heat water. One time in #Cuba, however, I turned the metal knob and felt the current pulsing through my body as the room got light and dark, electrified water cascading upon me.  Safety trumps efficiency.
  • Where we stayed last night #casamambo with a friendly #Italian couple. They rented this hotel, and then they rent out the rooms to others. Not a bad idea, really - rent a hotel for a year, hang out at the beach, all your friends have a free place to stay in #costarica #puravida.
  • Janet walking the bike down the boardwalk before snorkeling. #BocaDelDrago.
  • Post by Brian (should be obvious by the next line). Today I would like to talk about bathrooms and toilets. That should be enough to deter any "ewww, gross!" comments because if you're offended by that stuff, you now know to stop reading!  Note that picture has nothing to do with the post. I didn't want to take a toilet picture. 
In the United States, I would say that I encounter a plugged, spattered public toilet about 10-15% of my toilet visits. That alone is not very interesting, but what I find intriguing is that after 70 days in Latin America, I've encountered exactly zero plugged or spattered toilets. You might think that Latin America has superior plumbing, but you would be very wrong to think that.  I cannot begin to tell you how many toilets I have opened, filled the bowl to the rim, waited, hoped, prayed. Probably 75% of the toilets I visited required my additional assistance. Sometimes in gross ways. You may think it is just me, but I promise you that I have also made several guest appearances in the ladies room as a plumber following Janet. You may think it is because people pay for bathrooms down here... But Janet has only paid for two bathroom visits (and one was in Chula Vista before we crossed to Mexico). I've paid for none, holding it in until free bathrooms appear.  So, what accounts for this difference?  Are people here just like me - afraid to leave a mess in the bowl, and spend 20 minutes wishing it away?  Or is there some toilet fairy that comes by to whisk away the mess?
  • When you travel for months at a time, you need to set a daily budget. We can usually guess if a hotel is in our price range just by looking at the outside. Well one day, we were kind of looking for a hotel, but the region we were in was obviously not in our price range. We decided we would just check out the beach.., but then we realized that beach access was only through the various hotel properties. As we stood there pondering our dilemma, a man with a yarmulke, a shawl, and a book in Hebrew appeared.  He approached us from a room at one of the nice hotels with a friendly manner. He was a Guatemalan (which might explain the friendliness - Guatemalans are collectively the most friendly people of the trip, and contrast starkly with Panameños). He was late saying his prayers because he had slept in - but he asked if he could help us find a room. We smiled, and said that we were sure that this hotel was surely out of our price range. He asked how much we wanted to pay. I said the most we ever paid for a hotel on this trip was $X. He said, "I will get you a room for $X then. But it will be small. Is that okay?" I said sure, let's have a look.  Anyway, we were out in front of this hotel and he started having a rapid conversation with the staff. Apparently, this Jewish Guatemalan dude who looked like a Hispanic Bruce Willis was a developer who bought all this beach front property with 2 partners to put in high rise hotels. He showed us the plans on his phone and they were pretty amazing. But now he is living here in this place and he loves it. He is crying because he doesn't want to change it anymore, but he must respect his partners. I had respect for his dilemma; he seemed like a very intelligent, introspective guy. We ended up staying at a beautiful room overlooking the ocean.  The small room was bigger than our apartment at home. After he said his prayers, we had a great time relaxing at his forever pool, getting to know him better and telling him some about ourselves and homeland.  This picture is from a window in the room; there were so many beautiful pictures it was hard to pick just one to share!
  • Janet and I are cycling one of the National Cycle Routes in Norway, and we came to a cobbled dirt section. We had passed some signs farther up the road that probably said, "detour," or "closed," or maybe "turn back, you idiots!" Probably the last one because it had more than just one word. We got to this wall of rocks. Normally, I figure we can climb around most road construction, but there was a 10 foot drop too. It would have been very hard even without a loaded tandem. We gave up, and turned around... Only to see a backhoe racing towards us (well, going as fast as it can, which is a silly looking affair). With a big grin, The man inside said, "I will build a road for you." He then spent the next 5 minutes (yes, that is all it took) building a passage for is, knocking down a huge pile of rocks. We thanked him, passed through, and looked back as he started rebuilding the wall. Wow, that was nice!
  • “Where You going?” asked the man who had been mixing huge bags of powdered concrete in the rain.  He had the face of captain Kangaroo, and the body of the guy on the Gordon’s Fish Sticks package. “Flåm,” we replied, “on the bike route.” He looked at us, “See that white stuff?  That’s snow.  Rallervegan is closed, and it is impossible.” Whenever someone says something is impossible, I tend to doubt them.  Sometimes, it seems like people use the word “impossible” instead of “difficult.” We thanked him and filled our water bottles from his concrete mixing hose.  The next several hours, we spent pushing, and carrying the tandem through snow, under train tunnels, and over exploding waterfalls. I started to ponder if I should have taken this man more seriously.  He looked like he could carry 4 children from a burning building, or right a sinking ship all by himself.  After 3 hours of plodding, some quick math revealed that we would need another 40 moving hours (4 days?) to make it through the 40 more miles to Flåm - the place that @markglenesk been telling us to go.  We decided to abort the mission and spent the night in a boarded up summer cabin (by removing 2 nails). Since it has been raining the past 3 days, it was nice to have an opportunity to hang dry the tent.  We decided to return and take the train through to Flåm.
  • Home sweet home.
  • Janet earned this view with her legs.
  • Selfie of us Riding over a fjord this morning, camera sitting in snow.
  • Nice scenery near Rallervegen bike trail.
  • The calm before the climb.
  • Janet and I have been joking that we won't be able to return to Yosemite after this.  We've seen hundreds of amazing waterfalls everywhere we look. Often you can see 3 or 4 Yosemite quality falls from one vantage point!
  • Janet at the center of the clothes drying station. On #thesnowroad #norway
  • Too many switchbacks to count.
  • #norway builds miles of tourist roads whose sole purpose is a beautiful driving route for tourists; they don't really go anywhere practical, and they build beautiful architectural sites like the one in this picture. So, everyone we see on these roads is a tourist. We camped on a trail last night, and some friendly German tourists hiked by. After talking to them for a long time by our tent, they invited us over... To their RV.  To drink wine and tea. Normally, when you go to visit people, it's proper to bring food gifts. We looked at our only remaining food: chef boy-r-d like pasta with wieners half eaten from the pot.  We showed up empty handed.  He was a retired doctor, and together they started a program to provide medical services to a remote village in Nepal. They also are teaching them to grow food other than rice and dal (their former breakfast lunch and dinner). I admired this couples emphasis on asking the people what they needed as opposed to telling them what they wanted.
  • Janet in the mountains.
  • #fjords
  • Janet yesterday.
  • The #atlanticroad. It's a tourist highway that almost did not get built due to opposition.  Beautiful bridges hop skotch you from land chunk to land chunk.
  • In case you are wondering what the arctic circle looks like. Full ride report : I’ll admit it: my torso was warm.  But I can’t tell you about the other parts; I was no longer on speaking terms with the rest of my body.  Janet and I had just crossed the Arctic Circle, and were grinding into the middle of a blizzard.  The view from the tandem cockpit looked like Han Solo had just turned on hyper speed - except the white stuff coming in horizontally was snow, not stars.  They would hit my front so hard that they would explode in little puffs of white snow smoke.  From the side, we probably looked like we were pushing forward a mini force field of snow dust.  I pondered our dilemma out loud to Janet: “Don’t you think the sleet feels like splinters on your face?” She said, “I’m looking down at the ground.” I said, “Is it beautiful?” She said, “Yes.” Upon further consideration, I realized it felt more like nettles on the face. 
The Polar circle is a notable location because it is the southernmost point where one day a year, the sun never sets.  Coincidentally, that day happened to be today - the summer solstice!  I watched the GPS as it went haywire as we closed in on this imaginary line, predicting the sunset before the sunrise.  Eventually, it concluded that sunrise and sunset were both at —:—AM

In the middle of our second blizzard, I saw an 8’ x 18’ building labeled WC.  There were two little tables, chairs, and a thermometer inside indicating that it was 42F in the building.  It felt so good and warm; we were elated!  The bathroom sink had hot water which came out near boiling, so we peeled open our hot cocoa packets and made 4 cups one after another, slipping into a state of dreamy happiness.  Upon writing this entry, I’m reflecting on how happy this 42 degree room and a little sugar could make us.  It seems like the greater the challenges, the easier it is to find happiness in little things.
  • As I took this picture, Janet said, "see, there is always a sun after the rain"
  • Our camp for the night happens to be at the worlds fastest tide: Tidevannstrøm.  Actually, I'm not sure you are allowed to camp here, so hopefully we don't get removed. The water is rushing like a river, and supposedly, it can get up to 22mph!
  • Ok, I gave it a little insta-massage, but it was still pretty.
  • This road was closed to cars since 1989. Thankfully it was still on the map, and made for some quiet car free riding.
  • As we rolled up, he said, "Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff! Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
  • Memories of #Loføten.  #Norge.
  • Brian demonstrating proper positioning for use of the #ÅssDrær

Photo courtesy of: The Janetor
  • Finnish #laundromat.
  • #Kuhmo art near our campsite
  • We finally took a cabin by the lake the other night.  They are rustic - no plumbing.  It felt strange to be sleeping indoors. 24 hour daylight is not a sleep problem (this picture was taken at midnight 2 days ago). I'm going to REALLY miss it. Already, just a few hundred kilometers south, it got almost dark last night.  We did have to carefully position our tent a few days to prevent 2am sun from heating us up, but midnight sun is marvelous.
  • I've been seeing women emerging from the forest with purple stained hands and plastic ice cream buckets filled with berries. The hoist the buckets onto every available protrusion on their 1940s style
Bicycles and pedal off down the road.  Janet and I have tried to retrace their tracks to secret blueberry spots, but today we found one all on our own. 
Recent occurrences:

1) 3 guys sitting under a tree resting. They call out to us, so we say hello, but they don't speak English.  Through sign language, we have a conversation across the road where we tell them we are from California. They shout "Barak Obama!" And come across the road to shake both of our hands. 
2) sitting at a restaurant, a 5 year old boy with coke bottle glasses and hearing aids approaches me, his hand outstretched, and cupped into a "C". He is looking at my hand. No words spoken, We shake hands.  His parents smile at us from their table. 
3) A man and a woman were driving by us on a dirt road. We were resting In the shade in the opposite side of the road. The man was driving, and staring at us intently with an angry glare.  After he passed, he continued to stare at us over his shoulder - his face over shoulder looked like one of those poorly photoshopped images where they just paste the face in.  He continued to drive forward after he passed us - off the road!  The woman must have screamed at the last moment.
  • Locks are placed on bridges all over Europe by couples. I think it symbolizes staying together.
  • More #suchabella
  • #protip : If you wanna look good in your pictures, don't pose in front of castles and beautiful scenery.  #slovakia
  • Right as we arrived at the #Bojnice castle, Zeus started casting about.  We saw lightning bolts all around the castle. But rather than take pictures, we RAN to a nearby pizza place. It dumped rain and 4 times we heard lightning at the exact moment of the flash. It was terrifying, but now that it is over, it was cool like the haunted castle in the movies.
  • #sunflowers giving it up.
  • When my friends email me during this trip, they often ask, “What are the people like in x,y,z country.” As Janet and I move along, We've noticed both subtle and extreme cultural norms: In some places, people are extremely outgoing, in others they can be equally reserved… but one thing that I’ve noticed that doesn’t change much is the children. 
In every country we visit, the children are filled with interest and curiosity.  They unabashedly investigate our equipment and ask us questions about ourselves and our journey - and continue to ask - even if it is clear we don’t understand a word. 
At last night’s camp, we met another group of kids.  We rolled down the hill sideways with them, piled them on the bike, and tried to find any words we knew in common (“hi : jo napot”, and “Thank you : Köszönöm”) Not enough words for your most sophisticated conversation, but I felt like we connected more with them than a lot of the adults we have met so far.  We could laugh and smile with just a two word vocabulary as we tumbled down the hill.

I find it interesting how as we grow older, we become imbued with our own cultural norms.  Perhaps you grow up in one country where the norm is to glare at strangers with a frown.  Or perhaps you grow up in a country where the norm is to throw rocks at bicycle tourists.  Maybe the norm is to hang your whole body out of a moving car and cheer cyclists on when you see them climbing a hill.  Everywhere we go, the children are being morphed by the people who surround them to become the adults who we will someday meet along the way. 
The previous night, we slept in a hostel.  Down in the common area, I noticed 15 young adults seated completely silently on couches and chairs - the glow of their individual mobile device illuminating their faces.  Perhaps now you too are wondering if the messages being sent were more complex than “OMG, LOL?” Maybe we do only need a two word vocabulary to laugh and smile with our friends…. #hungary. #tandembike
  • Famous bridge #starimost at #Mostar in #Bosnia. People jump off it; we saw someone doing it.
  • Cool lanterns in #mostar #bosnia
  • Here is what the #Dervish #monastery looked like. Today I learned that #dervish take a vow of poverty, and there are many orders, but they trace their origins to Islam.
  • This is one of the waterfalls at #plitvice lakes.
  • The view from above one of the #plitvice Lakes. You can walk through a very cool vertical "cave" that doesn't photograph well.
  • I used to think #swans were #graceful until I saw this one scratching it's #butt.
  • #vw #bug #hendrix #volkswagen
  • Last week it was #coke and #ice water. Today it's hot #cocoa and down jackets.
  • Church in #Austria
  • Janet in the #hidey #hole.  Actually, it showed up as a Hütte on the GPS. From inside, I spent an hour trying to negotiate nearby hotels down from $185 via email.  The #hideyhole was getting more and more comfortable as my negotiations failed.
  • Here is Janet enduring an extra minute of snow for me to take a picture as we go over #flüelapass. Actually, we had fun on this one because we were pretty sure that there was a warm restaurant on top!  It was beautiful, in an austere way. I took the picture because no one believed it was snowing on #Grossglockner last week.
  • Janet in #ascher #switzerland.  You can spend the night here I suppose. Even if you take the cable tram, you still have to hike through a steep, wet cave. There is also an amazing church built into a cave. It's a really cool spot!
  • Janet says, "I guess we can camp here."
  • We were getting water from a town center fountain, and when I looked up, I noticed this.
  • Janet on #furkapass.
  • Highlight, maybe of the trip... #triftbridge.  An exhilarating hike, and quite nervy crossing above a melting glacier. #globalwarming is very obvious - even in pictures from 2011 !!
  • Hey, buddy, betcha wish you lived in California. #riversurfing #CaliforniaWouldBeTheBestCountryInTheWorld
  • I saw a rock falling off this cliff and yelled out to Janet. It didn't look like it was coming exactly for us... It wasn't falling straight down. Suddenly we realized it was a #BASE jumper. Two guys and a girl jumped over our heads, one of them opening their chute just a second before hitting the deck. The others were in squirrel suits and fell at an angle. #lauterbrunnen.
  • We made it!
  • Jeff on big falls
  • Janet droppin' it at #sedona
  • Glenn on the Garcia Ridge death march
  • View of ragged point from above
  • Trees in fairy tale land.
  • Janet at salmon creek falls
  • All the friendly people were out today. Without asking, separate people helped us carry the kayak up and down the stairs!  #paddle #avilabeach #kayak