Hello Friends and Family. I want to inform you that I’m back with a fury posting on my old site, Jameson of the Geo. You can find it here. Jameson of the Geo Head on over and check out my latest post. And all of my articles from this … Read On!!!
Well hello there all you shining stars. Today I share an experience with a new friend Bianca. She was canning some goods for the winter and allowed me to tag along. She is a Can Master!!! Here is how you can be a canner yourself. First, you need a really … Read On!!!
Hi Friends! This is a very special post. It’s a two for one also. Today I share my move up to northern California using public transit. And then a slide show of new home. Sit back, strap in, and get ready for the wild ride. You won’t be disappointed. I … Read On!!!
Alternative transportation. What does that mean to you? Does it mean walking when something is close? Do you live in a city where you take a bus to work? Is a train readily available to take you where you need to go? For me, it means to travel by bike. … Read On!!!
Last week, my friend Cain and I went to check out the tomato festival being hosted by the Bradford Research Farm in my new home, Columbia, Missouri. The festivals main prerogative is to pick a winner for the tastiest tomato and pepper. Farmer’s, home-growers, and tomato lovers come together in search of … Read On!!!
As some of you know, but many maybe not, we, the Meandering Match have temporarily parted ways. As rivers sometimes split to follow their own course, we have done so as well. After many great adventures in the past 2 years (hiking the John Muir Trail, teaching ESL in S. … Read On!!!
I love my bike! And I love to take pictures of it. I also love Laurel’s bike, and get some photos of it as well. I think my bike is sexy, and it goes to some sexy places. Here is a collection of photos that fit the genre…..Bike Porn. Enjoy! … Read On!!!
Hey Folks. As we crossed the country by bicycle, we would run into other cyclists also crossing the country by bicycle. Mainly they were going the opposite direction, but a few times in ours. Every time a chance encounter happened along the route, we all stopped, said hello, and gave … Read On!!!
Hello Friends, I want to point you in the direction of one of my personal hobbies. It is my newsletter. On the first of every month, I send out an email to all the people on my email list whose address I’ve managed to pirate in some way shape or … Read On!!!
It is official, we have done it. We have pedaled our little hearts out from sea to shining sea. Or the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. As we got close we got really excited. And the last day we smoked 60 miles. Drawing closer to a finish we could … Read On!!!
So far on this journey we have each incurred roughly 10 flats…each. Some bikers we meet on the road know the exact number (they are the lucky ones), but once you get up there past 5 or so, it’s easy to loose count. This first one was a double wammy … Read On!!!
Larabar is the most delicious, natural whole food bar on the planet. And we LOVE them. It just so happens that Larabar is also one of our sponsors.We’ve loved Larabar for years. So you can imagine our excitement, when Larabar agreed to sponsor us. They’ve shipped us a bunch … Read On!!!
Farmington, Missouri does it right. I mean they do it better then the rest! They have remodeled the old jail in the heart of the downtown area to provide the most relaxing, homelike environment a cyclist could ask for out of a hostel. Words can only do so much, so … Read On!!!
Hello Friends, let me tell you a little story. It’s about a far off distant land in a place called Missouri. In this place, Missouri, there are a set of mountains. If that is what you can call them. They are the Ozark Mountains. They are neither tiny hills, nor … Read On!!!
As Jameson’s video depicts, It’s Windy in Kansas!!!! It seems like we’ve been battling a headwind for weeks. We knew that this journey would be hard, but I think we had no idea at the outset how difficult it really would be. In a recent interview, a woman asked me … Read On!!!
It’s windy in Kansas!! To say the least. Here’s a short video showing how rough the wind in Kansas can be. We are pretty much defeated at the time of filming. A steady 30mph wind with gusts of 40-50 mph will make anyone want to get off the bicycle!! … Read On!!!
Sometimes I feel goofy. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes we get into city parks with fun play things. And the urge to be goofy cannot be contained. Here is one of those times. At a city park in Leoti, Kansas, Laurel and I got in early, made some dinner, and let … Read On!!!
Hello Friends, It’s time to write about something very near and dear to my heart. FOOD. We eat constantly. And we eat pretty darn well. This post will kick off a series of camp food and bike food specialties that we indulge while we pedal our happy hearts across the … Read On!!!
Hello Friends! We’ve been there and done that in Colorado, and have a wonderful story to tell. Colorado was both good and bad to us. Good in the sense that it was beautiful. Bad in the sense that the wind always blew the wrong way (head wind) and the … Read On!!!
As many of you know, Laurel and I are biking across the country. We are on a self-supported, independent, CHARITY bike ride. We have created a facebook group, Biking for Bicycles, which is the hub to bring together friends and family to generate awareness of our trip and our cause. We … Read On!!!
Since Jameson’s recent post Unfathomble Suffering…Then Sweet Bliss times have changed for the better. The storm passed, we found the Twin Bridges Bike Camp, and we made our way into Wyoming and through the tantalizing scenery of Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons National Parks. Throughout this stretch, me saw a … Read On!!!
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite parts about bike touring. Eating like a fat kid. When you find the best Cinnamon Rolls on the Planet Earth, you can’t eat just one. You must have two! And 2 bananas….and wash it down with a giant coffee! … Read On!!!
The Bike Camp!!! In Twin Bridges, Montana Laurel and I stumbled upon something really cool, and only for people who ride their bicycle and camp while doing it. It is the Bike Camp. Twin Bridges calls itself friendliest small town around. And you can really tell when you come … Read On!!!
Holy Moly. I got so close to grabbing the bolt cutters, chopping my bicycle up into pieces, and spreading the parts through the Big Hole Basin it’s not even funny. What started as a question mark on whether or not the weather would hold out turned into maybe the most … Read On!!!
Jameson and I started dreaming of riding the Trans-America Bicycle Route over our dinner table while living in South Korea. On the wall over our table was a map of all the Adventure Cycling Association routes in the U.S.A. We set our sights on the oldest route, the Trans-America Trail. … Read On!!!
I am of the sort that will walk or pedal far and wide to view this mountain or stand on that peak. I will travel great distances to be removed from places of social, human interaction to those in which I can interact with nature. To places where I can … Read On!!!
I carry a few nontraditional items in my panniers. Not many other cyclists may carry them, but I love them. They are my Vibram 5 fingers, Manduka travel yoga mat, and a custom made Lanna Roller. I love Vibrams. Laurel and I jokingly call them my new feet. In fact, … Read On!!!
We needed to rest, and found a home in Eugene, Oregon with Laurel’s cousin Remy. It was great to meet her and spend some time with family and friends. Plus she lives within walking distance of an REI. Score!!! We departed Remy with our sites set on McKenzie Pass. … Read On!!!
As many of you know, Jameson and I spent the last year teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea. After our time there, we did a 5 month bike tour through S.E. Asia visiting Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Now, we are in Eugene, Oregon staying the … Read On!!!
We’re off on our next journey, bicycling the American Bicycling Association’s Trans-America Route. My dad was kind enough to pick us up from Jameson’s mom’s house and drive us to our starting point in Astoria, Oregon. The drive was nice, the scenery beautiful. Passing the snow capped Mt. Shasta was … Read On!!!
Laurel and I packed up our bikes and went for a test run with our new gear. Much of which was donated to us by our awesome sponsors. We took some photos with the goodies and want to share them with you. Thank you to all our sponsors who donated … Read On!!!
Hello Everyone- The month of April is quickly evaporating as we visit old friends and family, while enjoying tastes of home and familiar places. Although almost 2 years has passed, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were here, present, sharing life, meals, and bike rides with many … Read On!!!
Hariharalaya is located in Cambodia. About 12 kilometers outside of the town of Siem Reap, in the middle of the Angkor Wat temple complex. It is a place to come to be. Just be. Quiet, peaceful, and engaging, our time spent there was definitely time we look back on as … Read On!!!
Do you know me as Jameson? You must have met me recently. Do you know me as Jamie. You may have met me at any point. What do I sign, and to whom? AGHHH. I grew up as Jamie. My mom, friends, family, everyone called me Jamie my entire life. Then … Read On!!!
What is Acroyoga you say? Well it is a combination of yoga, acrobatics, and massage therapy. Laurel and I spent a week in Chiang Mai, Thailand taking an Acroyoga Immersion course.And I must say, it was AWESOME!! At this point in the trip, we decided we were … Read On!!!
Siem Reap, the gateway to the age-old Angkor civilization is driven by tourism and its options can be overwhelming. We stayed here for 10 days and these are our top picks for accommodation, food, massage and bicycling in Siem Reap. Accommodation: Smiley’s Guesthouse We found this guesthouse on a recommendation … Read On!!!
After a much longer than anticipated stay in the wonderful country of Cambodia, we have finally arrived in Thailand! Cambodia was great. We really got to know a few places. We made some good friends along the way. We relaxed, chilled, read, ate, drank, did yoga, meditated, and so … Read On!!!
Welcome back! This is Part 2 of our cycling adventure through Cambodia. Part 1, Cycling thru Cambodia: Part 1, left off talking about the cycling from the Laos border and some of our experiences in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Cambodia has clutched us in its dominion and … Read On!!!
In the past, I’ve heard from other travelers how easy it is to get stuck somewhere. To have detailed plans, an itinerary that keeps you in motion only to arrive in a place that keeps you for one reason or another, halting momentum, drawing you in, sticking you. In … Read On!!!
Hello Beautiful People, “Happy Birthday”. Well thank you so much. I thought I would take this opportunity to send a bonus newsletter this month and say hello, and tell you about a birthday abroad. I turned 27 years old yesterday, or today back home in the good ol U.S.of A. … Read On!!!
Hello boys and girls, We’ve put an all new photos tab on our website. It has a lot of old photos, as well as some of the new photos from our current adventure. Please check them out and let us know what you think. You can comment on the bottom … Read On!!!
The next leg of our journey was from Luang Prabang south towards the capital City Vientiane with a couple day layover at an interactive organic farm in the town Vang Vieng. This place is known for its rambunctious crowd, cacophony of music, and drunken tubing down the river. I stayed … Read On!!!
Here is a sequence of photos taken from the island of Don Khong sitting in the middle of the Mekong River. This island is one of 4000 islands near the Laos – Cambodia border. Share
Hi Everyone. Here’s a trip update about our latest leg of our journey; Bicycling all the way from Ha Noi, Vietnam, to Luang Prabang, Laos. It was about 800 km long. Yes, kilometers. Since we are in Asia, everything is in the metric system, and we are becoming very adept … Read On!!!
Hey everyone, I compiled some of my favorite photos from Viet Nam into an album. I hope you enjoy what you see! Laurel Vietnam Photos Share
Hello Friends and Family, Well it has been over a month since I said see ya later Korea and whats up Vietnam. In that month, a lot has gone on. There has been ups, downs, ins, outs, and moments that were all over the place. Laurel and I are traveling … Read On!!!
Upon entering Vietnam all we were armed with were school sized backpacks and legs hopefully made of steel to bike through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and possibly Burma. As Jameson posted, we now have Vietnamese-made bicycles and have started our journey first south, then north, west and then back east … Read On!!!
Some say Pho (Fo) while others say Pha (Fa), but here in Vietnam, the actual pronunciation of this bowl of delicious noodles is somewhere inbetween. Here it sounds something like Pho-a with an upward inflection placed upon the a. This dish has been widely popularized around the world, but nothing beats … Read On!!!
We have successfully completed our first week of independent bicycle touring in a foreign country! And it has been incredible. We’ve met friendly people, seen beautiful country, and ate delicious food. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last Wednesday, November 10th. We showed up at our … Read On!!!
26.2 miles completed in 3 hours, 19 minutes, and 21 seconds. That is about a 7 minute 30 second mile pace. Whooh I’m tired just thinking about it. But not as tired, or in as much pain as I was moments after I crossed that finish line!! On Sunday … Read On!!!
Laurel and I had to squeeze at least one more hike in while the weather is nice and we are still in Korea. This one has been on our list for awhile. We’ve wanted to hike Dobongsan, or Dobong Mountain since we first read about it way back in … Read On!!!
Spring in South Korea was like nothing I’ve ever seen living in Colorado. While Colorado has many beautiful flowers and trees, it is largely absent of flowering trees. In our area, there were many exquisite Magnolia tress, and a few Cherry Blossoms, but these were nothing in comparison to … Read On!!!
From Moalboal back to Cebu. This continues from Philippine Wanderings: Part 1 which you can read here. On a insane yellow bus again, we made our way to a port on the southwest part of Cebu Island and caught a ferry over to the Negros. The island of Negros encases … Read On!!!
Jameson and I recently spent 3 weeks in the Philippines as our summer vacation from our teaching positions in South Korea. Our route took us through Beijing, and 8 hours after leaving our home, we were in Manila. Manila, with it’s armed guards in front of every building and convenience … Read On!!!
Hooray, we are sponsored!!!!!! And it’s a really great feeling. When we got our first sponsor, Adventure Cycling Association who donated us a set of road maps for the TransAmerica Trail that we will be riding, we were thrilled. The nonprofit who designated the route we are taking is supporting … Read On!!!
Laurel and I have been talking about how out of biking shape we are going to be come May when we embark on our bicycle tour cross country. Previous to starting the tour, we’ll be traveling through southeast Asia for 5 months. We have a friend here, Eulalia Clauss, who … Read On!!!
Planet Bike has jumped on board as our second corporate sponsor and donated some much needed gear to the cause. They were speedy in returning our request and came back with an enthusiastic and super friendly attitude. They are contributing: front head lights for both of us a tail light … Read On!!!
I’m thrilled to announce that Laurel and I have received our first sponsor. We are soooo excited about this and want to let you all know. The Adventure Cycling Association has offered to donate the complete set of 12 maps for our charity bike ride. We got in touch with … Read On!!!
Hello friends, family, and random web surfers who have stumbled upon our site. I’m happy to announce the beginnings of what is to be something momentously epic. An fully self supported independent charity bike ride. Laurel and I are going to ride our bicycles across America along the TransAmerica Trail … Read On!!!
Hey Laurel, our first joint blog is in action. One more chance for me to tell the world, I love Laurel!!!!!!! Share