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What I did on my Summer Vacation: Life Creeps West at a Slow Pimp’s Pace

For about the last year and a half I’ve been rambling around the eastern U.S. and Canada, spending time with friends and family from where I grew up trying to formulate a plan for more adventure. 

Moto Dharama Bum
Moto Dharama Bum

The more I looked the more I saw, the more I saw the more I planned, the more I planned the less I did until suddenly I was reminded of something Sylvia Plath wrote:

“I saw my life branching out before me like the…

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Save a Life on Your Adventure: How To Do C.P.R.

Yesterday I completed my First Aid/CPR/AED training through the American Heart Association.  With all my research into safe travel and first aid kits in the past I honestly have to say I have no idea why I didn’t do this sooner.  I paid $45 USD for the certification and took a three hour long class, but I know you can find places that will you teach you for free without the certification (highly recommend it).  Additionally, if you are in the US…

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Mammoth Cave National Park: Going Underground in the World’s Largest Cave System

Underneath the bluegrass of Kentucky lays a series of seemingly endless caverns that wind their way like the cardiovascular system of the Earth into depths unknown. This system of natural tunnels tell the story of man throughout time; they were the host of lost Native American rituals dating back as far as 30 B.C., the hideout for bootleggers during the dark dry days of American prohibition, a catacomb for the dead, and an unlikely escape from societal hierarchy for the slaves who worked in the caves with white men nearly…

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How to Travel Safe like a Jedi: First Aid Kits, Travel Insurance, and Instinct

Unpredictability makes traveling exciting and like anything else worth doing it can also make it a bit dangerous.  I’ve had my fair share of calamities on the road, but ye must remember the old military saying, “Victory through preparation.” 

There are three things I contribute to my ability to walk away healthy from my travels; a solid first aid kit, travel insurance, and following my gut instinct.

First Aid Kit

If you intend to spend any amount of time traveling having a first aid kit is a no…

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Five Things To Know About Central American Bathrooms

Adjusting to a new environment can be tough; adjusting to a foreign bathroom can be even tougher. Lucky for you we’ve got a guest post this week from Central American toilet wizard and raccoon warrior Luke Armstrong .

I met Luke over the interwebs last week when he helped connect me to a Danish journalist.  Idle chatter followed, then serious chatter followed, and then full on discussion of foreign bathroom strategies and tactics followed in war-room like fashion. It was then I recognized that Luke was a travel Jedi…

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Summer Canadian Motorcycle Madness: My Adventures in the North!

This summer I got to do something I’ve long dreamed of doing. I rode my motorcycle around all of the Great Lakes in Canada and the USA. So many highlights; Lake Superior, Algoma Country, and Northwestern Ontario to name a few. I couldn’t have done it alone though, I had a lot of phenomenal people helping with my journey along the way and in no small part by Ontario Tourism; these guys are superstars.

Lions Head, Canada
Lions Head, Canada

Additionally, these guys provided we with some unbelievably…

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Harleys and Whiskey Part 2: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Master Distiller Jimmy Russell

“No other land can give so sweet a solace for your cares; neither liquor soothes you so in melancholy days. Sip it and say there is no solace for the soul, no tonic for the body like Old Bourbon whiskey.”   -The Mint Julep by J. Soule Smith

In a land called Kentucky in a country called the US there is a sweet nectar of the gods made of the indigenous grain corn. It is America’s only native spirit, our only original liquor, the one and only bourbon whiskey.  

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Harleys and Whiskey Part 1: Riding a Harley Fat Bob around Kentucky’s Beautiful Bourbon Trail

The ride never seems long in Kentucky on the back of a Harley. No matter how far you go the rolling green hills and white picket fences just chase the road along side of you and there is enough variety in the landscape to never get bored.  The trees grow over the tops of the road giving periodic shade at just the right moments. The open blue skies provide plenty of vitamin D to keep your skin warm.  This friend is my Wednesday at the office,…

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The World on Two Wheels: My Top Five Motorcycle Rides on Earth (so far)

I love motorcycles. Period. I tried to think of several creative ways to start this article to demonstrate the depths of love I have in my heart for motorcycles, but nothing could be simply more true than the fact that I love em. Cars -ok, buses -eh, planes –cool, trains -pretty sweet, -ships awesome, motorcycles -badass no comparison sweetest f*****g way to travel on Planet Earth. In my world that is it and that is all. For those that know me, this fact about my life is no mystery; I…

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A Hip Hop Adventure Around the World: From New York to Nepal

The coolest thing about traveling is experiencing people engaging cultures that are not your own, but sometimes something surprising can happen. When you least expect it, you can find people in foreign lands in the middle of nowhere embracing in a culture that is uniquely yours and then re-inventing it with a fresh spin.

For me that culture was Hip Hop and I kept finding it everywhere I went. For those of you not hip to the hop, it originally grew out of the neighborhoods of New York City, U.S.A. Hip…

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Myth: The Curse of the Traveler

There have been a lot of discussions and articles about the “Curse of the Traveler” lately and since it keeps coming up over and over again I’m throwing my two cents in.

The gist of the curse is this: the more you travel and the more you experience it will always be harder to find the next place to blow your mind. You’ll never be satisfied and you’ll never find the perfect place.

Looking for the
Looking for the…

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Tips on the Road: Accountabili-buddy and Liabili-buddy

One of the absolute best parts of traveling is the people.  They are everywhere, on the streets, in your hostel, at the sights your visiting, and in the bars you are drinking at. Especially when traveling alone it’s nice to make a friend you can share the experience with. Maybe you meet on the train going the same direction or even in the hostel you are staying at, you both speak English, always a plus, and now maybe you wanna get drinks, nothing wrong with that, is there?
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