June 2008

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june 3 2008 : portland, oregon, usa This weekend we drove out to Bend to do some camping. It was about a two hundred mile drive that somehow took Ali and I ten hours to complete. We left Portland on the same route we took to Bend the last time … Read More

May 2008

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may 4 2008 : portland, oregon, usa Today we took the bus for a little drive. We went up to Seattle for a big VW cruise. Not a show mind you, but a cruise. A few hundred buses, bugs, and even a bunch of ugly little street racers, got together … Read More

April 2008

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april 2 2008 : portland, oregon, usa This is going to sound like an April fool’s joke, but today Ali and I had to pull out of the Great Race. Yesterday we brought the car in to the mechanic to have the brakes, shocks, engine, and pretty much everything gone … Read More

March 2008

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march 3 2008 : flagstaff, arizona, usa We’ve been driving pretty hard the past few days, working on getting back to the States and getting ourselves prepared for the race. We stopped for the night about 50 miles south of the border where we had one last roadside taco stand … Read More

February 2008

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february 1 2008 : cholula, mexico, central america Ali and I have got ourselves a passenger. Actually he’s a non-paying, but very grateful and cute little guy who is sure to break our hearts in the end. It started today when we found ourselves on a busy four lane highway … Read More

January 2008

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january 2 2008 : san blas, mexico, central america Ali and I spent New Year’s Day on the beach in Mazatlán. It seemed like the right thing to do. It turned out to be an excellent beach for strange happenings. Actually, a parasailer crashing into the water a hundred yards … Read More

December 2007

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december 2 2007 : mulegĂ©, baja california sur, mexico, central america After kicking ourselves out of our whorehouse bed in the morning we were happy to discover that despite the forecasts the sun had come out. We loaded the bus back up and went down to explore Santa Rosalia. It’s … Read More

November 2007

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november 5 2007 : portland, oregon, usa We’re packing up and getting ready to drive on, after nearly five weeks in Portland. We feel like we haven’t been in one place for so long in years and are excited about hitting the road again. We’ve been finishing things up here … Read More

October 2007

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october 1 2007 : whitefish, montana, usa Yesterday morning we strolled around Banff for a while. Coffee shops, ski stores, and knick knack corners. Nice little place to hang out. When you are looking straight down Main Street there is the most amazing mountain standing right over the middle of … Read More

September 2007

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september 3 2007 : st. paul, minnesota, usa Work continues around the garage as the bus is finally nearing the point where we can move in. The work has been fairly unexciting, although I did manage to shoot myself in the hand with a staple gun. Funny thing is that … Read More

August 2007

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august 4 2007 : st. paul, minnesota, usa We’re off to Sturgis in the morning with Ali’s parents, Susy and Al, and looking forward to a long day of riding. It’s about 700 miles of mostly uninteresting driving, but once you get to western South Dakota things change pretty dramatically. … Read More

Great Race Cost

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What’s it cost to participate in the Great Race? Here is our answer. This includes every dime we spent from the moment we drove out of Portland until we pulled back into the garage after 38 days and 9,000 miles on the road. (figures in USD) 2007 great race rookie … Read More