Our Feet: Thoughts on What Makes Us Stand

Feet. They are a part of us that inspires more disgust than awe. We collectively wrinkle our noses a their mention. More than arguably being the most disliked human anatomical feature in our society, they almost seem to be shrouded in taboo. Apart from the occasional olfactory joke and the odd anti-fungal ointment add on…

On Enjoying the Little Things

I have no inherent talent for most of the things I do. I am a slow runner, a mediocre mountain biker, my skiing technique is average at the very best and, admittedly being afraid of falling and exposure, I get gripped way too easily. All in all, progressing quickly in any of these sports doesn’t…

2017: A Year in Short Format

I have always found the way humans perceive time as mysterious and fascinating. While a single day can seemingly drag on for ages and the water in your pot seems to take longer to start boiling if you stand before it, waiting – when you look back on past events, it feels as if time…

Golden Ultra 60K: One Big Hill

I did it again. I stood at the start line of an ultra without having had my cup of morning coffee. It was the second leg of the Golden Ultra, aptly named Sweat. Just shy of 60 kilometres, out and back via the Moonraker trail network, with roughly 2,400 meters worth of steep ascent to…

Skis in the Thicket: A September Attempt

Mountains are among our greatest teachers. As such, no day spent among them is ever a waste. Even when a plan doesn’t fully unfold, a mission remains unaccomplished, and a goal isn’t reached, it is still worth it. For failure is one of the most valuable lessons to be taken away from the teachings of…

Black Spur 54K: A First Caffeine-Free Ultra

To do something on a whim. The above expression perfectly describes my rationale, or lack thereof, behind running my first ultra a week and a half ago. Of course I’ve been spending a lot of time out on trails and in the mountains, preparing for the Golden Ultra, happening September 23rd. But, that’s just so…

It Goes, Boys: An Adventure in Numbers

On this Christmas Day, it seems fitting to reminisce a little about Taylor’s and my two-wheeled adventure as roughly two months have passed since we made it back home. Granted, not a day passes that I don’t think about this most amazing trip of my life and what it has taught me. However, I have…

It Goes, Boys: California, Here We Come (Days 24-28)

California has welcomed us with open arms. This milestone being reached, we start the third and final chapter of our big adventure after almost four full weeks of riding bicycles. However, Oregon did not let us leave without throwing a few challenges at us. Day 24: Sunset Bay State Park to Bullards Beach State Park,…

It Goes, Boys: Friends (Days 19-23)

The Oregon Coast has been incredibly good to us thus far. It has blessed us with fantastic weather, great new friends and pedalling partners, and overall wicked good times. From spending time with our hosts Angela and Jim in Cannon Beach, to riding the past few days with awesome company, the Oregon chapter of our…

It Goes, Boys: Welcome to Oregon (days 14-18)

The past few days were ripe with the reaching of milestones; the biggest one being to enter Oregon, the State of no sales tax. It’s like we’ve reached the second chapter of our adventure. So far, it has been a most relaxing few days. But our last few days in Washington State were not bad,…