In Part Two of my 12 Packing Essentials series I talk about my quest for the perfect travel pants.
I’m currently on a 3-month around-the-country (mostly by train) trip, the country being the USA. It seemed like a good time to update my packing list with the twelve items I now consider essential. In Part One I cover items one and two: my waterproof and soft shell jackets.
The food options on I-95 suck regardless, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, they really suck. I survived a recent road trip from New York to Florida with a combination of preparation and improvisation.
Ah yes, roadtrip America: the wind in your hair, the sun in your eyes, the endless road sinking into the horizon. Except when you’re trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on a Friday afternoon.
I first heard it when watching In the Footsteps of Marco Polo on PBS, but I’ve heard it repeated numerous times since then: Beijing is cold, unfriendly, faceless. Go to see the sights, but don’t expect to like it. Only I really did like it: the city, the people, the food. In hindsight, I think this is why.
When Hurricane or “Super Storm” Sandy hit here last autumn, I didn’t have power for eleven days. I was one of the lucky ones, though — I still had my house, a gas-powered stove, and gas-heated water. Here’s what I learned about living without electricity.
Once they get you through the gate, they want you to spend as much as possible and they’ve hidden little costs around the park to keep your wallet hemorrhaging Sing dollars.
On May 14, I clipped my bags to my rack, swung my leg over my seat, and slid my feet into my pedal cages. I was about to start the journey of a lifetime: a bike ride from the east coast of Virginia to the west coast of Oregon.
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