• There are some great online references for finding good shortwave channels. I’ve got a tiny Motorola radio I keep with me on trips, and have been fairly successful at finding all kinds of international stations, most of which are in languages I can’t decipher. Good luck.

    October 15, 2009
  • I’ve really been appreciating all of your details and reviews on gear, etc. My partner and I are planning a cross Canada tour and just beginning the process of selecting and acquiring the gear, and there’s so much out there! It’s hard to know what you will really need once you hit the road.

    We’re getting our first tandem bike for the trip, and really getting excited about it. We’re still deciding between a road tandem and a cross/hybrid tandem. I’ve always ridden hybrids with straight handlebars. I noticed that you each prefer a different style of handlebars, and wondered what the major differences are for long distance riding?

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and have also been enjoying the trips down memory lane… the bay area and northern coast, Tilden Park, my favorite place as a girl… Thanks! :)

    October 16, 2009
  • Mr F

    What kind of helmets do you guys use?

    October 16, 2009
  • M.E.

    How much (lbs) are you each carrying on your bikes total? or per rack?

    October 19, 2009
  • BB

    I think you carry way to much stuff, minus your professional work items. Of course you carry it (up the hills) not me. Have you weighed it? My 90 day tour saw a huge change to my list. I even went so far as to buy a lighter rope or simply use the one I found on the shoulder.

    It will be interesting to see how the gear list evolves over time. Maybe an old page for reference?

    October 19, 2009
  • terry

    Hi Laura,
    gear lust…I like that…
    I think you’ve just created a new term for the urban dictionary. love all your tips for us rookies.

    October 20, 2009
  • I love my Noah’s Tarp. In good weather I rarely bother to pack a tent anymore.
    I had to chuckle at your comments about learning to set up your tarp. It sounds like you guys figured out how to work yours faster than I did mine. Bigger staked were a big plus. I, also, swapped out the guy lines as I had a hard time untying mine while wet. It will hold up well to wind and rain, but I’m curious whats its life span will be under constant use.

    October 21, 2009
  • Dan

    Hey Guys, Been staying tuned to your trip as I’ve been on my own various adventures.
    I share a similar story where I parted from my previous life and sold all of my belongings except for what could fit on my bike. I’ve narrowed it down to just a set of Ortlieb rears and my camping gear strapped down to the rack.
    I’m headed to LA end of month and will likely run into some wet. Was curious about your decision to ditch the rain pants, could you explain a bit more about the decision? Do you just let yourselves get soaked through and deal with it or do you try to wait out the rain under something sheltering or…?

    I’m a bit envious of your dedication to updating the online world of your happenings, I am terrible at it! Thanks for doing it though, great to have such a detailed log

    Tailwinds :)

    October 22, 2009
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