I love people. My friends are my wealth. I love to communicate. Therefore, I blog.
You probably arrived at this blog because you are on my e-mail list, because you know me from Vermont, or from Jane Street, or from the bicycle or music community, or perhaps because we met along the way. If you found me some other way, please let me know how. Thanks for visiting.
This blog is about my 2012 bicycle trip. For 309 days, from January 9 to November 9, I rode from London to Hong Kong. I passed through seventeen countries, a dozen different languages, eight time zones. Camping mostly, staying with Warm Showers hosts and Couchsurfing hosts, and in the occasional hotel room, I pedaled long hours, enjoyed the weather, ate good food, drank good beer and wine, slept soundly, played music, and met wonderful people.
My impressions? Beautiful planet. Densely peopled in places and nearly deserted in others. Those I met were really nice, generous, salt-of-the-earth types, for the most part. Some were outstanding human beings, the kind that a guy feels lucky to meet. Already a pretty lucky fellow, now I feel that I am most likely the luckiest man in the world, and pretty close to the happiest. I feel a lot of gratitude to the people who helped me along and befriended me. The trip was harder physically, and easier mentally, than I had anticipated. Without the help of the wonderful people you will meet in my blog posts, I would have suffered much, and suffered alone. Their generosity and warmth has made me a more loving, generous person.
Soon my stories will wind down and I will start planning, and blogging about, my next adventure. For now I am still in a daze, assimilating, pondering, getting used to the new person that I am, so similar to the old one, so different. Please enjoy these posts.