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May 14, 2015 - Reflections Three Months Out

Food was a huge concern each and every day of our trip. We looked forward to it; we doted on it; we laughed about it; we complained about it; we celebrated it. It was different than our home-cooked meals. It was Asian food. But Asia's foods are changing...quickly. As the Standard American Diet (SAD) takes hold around the world, we have to wonder if our American influence is all that great for Asia. For the past six weeks, I have taken three courses through Cornell University in Plant-based Nutrition. We've looked at all of the research...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Time Travel

Good morning to my blog friends and family, Due to the lack of RSVP notifications, Rich and I are canceling our gathering on March 28th, 2015. We expect that at some later time we will have another opportunity to gather and celebrate the joys of travel and blogging, but this time appears not to be it. Maybe it will be this summer or next winter vacation if Ellery decides to come back to the U.S. That does not mean, however, that, in the meantime, we do not want to see you. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Please get in touch with us if...

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Mar 1, 2015 - Sunday: Home Sweet Home

Hello My Dear Blogging Friends and Family! Today marks one week since we arrived home. From door to door, the trip home was 31 hours. That means that for 31 hours, we did not sleep. Have you ever done that? Let's just say that my body is still not right. We can't seem to get our days and nights straight. I dozed, but I did not sleep during that trip, and I am still paying the price. We have been home a week, and finally last night we slept for seven straight hours. The fact that we fell dead asleep at 7:30 p.m. and woke wide awake at 2:30...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Feeling Human Again

Travelling Friends, Going early to the airport on Wednesday morning felt right. The snow was lightly falling. Got through security with no problems. The food bag kept the food separate and up front. Turns out, you might have guessed,,,we brought way too much. The thing about the food is that we actually have some left for an early in-room breakfasts morning: one blood orange, a few grapes, dried apricots, bananas, and pineapple, almonds and walnuts! It's a smorgasbord of taste delights! With a coffee shop around the corner from our...

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Jan 21, 2015 - On our way!

Woke once an hour all through the night in anticipation of what was to come. Got up at 3:15 a.m. feeling quite wide awake. No food till later was the plan and certainly no coffee. Jumped in the shower and afterward got the last of necessities together. Blake dropped us off at the airport and right up until we checked in, I felt great. Then it dawned on me: no driver's license. Rich looked panic stricken. I called Blake, and he pointed out to me that I have no need for it since, yes, I have my passport, the very best ID int he world! Whew....

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Jan 20, 2015 - Upgraded to Premium!

You know how when you live right, things just go your way? Have you noticed that is true? Well, the 33 of us on this trip (okay 31(and still counting) are vicarious travelers) and Rich and I have just been upgraded to PREMIUM! I don't know what that means but it sounds way better than economy! So we were living right, must have been! And you were part of that or it wouldn't have happened! Bet they didn't imagine they were giving 33 people upgrades! Don't you love it? They won't even know! You are "virtually" on this flight! We have to give...

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Jan 19, 2015 - remembering home

Hello My Vicarious Travelling Pals, Let's remember by closing our eyes what our home looks like, shall we? My pictures will remind me directly. Take some pictures in your own mind of your abode. Which rooms will you want to remember as you view the far-away places you are soon to set your eyes on? The reason to do this is you can bet that when we return, your home, outside as well as inside, will look different to you! In fact, it may seem like a totally different space all together! Travelling changes our sparkling reality and...

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Jan 18, 2015 - getting closer: we leave in three days; are you ready? A Dream of all dreams!

How are you doing? Are you getting nervous? This is OUR trip, you know: you and we will enjoy ourselves no end! How are you sleeping? Pretty good? Let me tell you about my night last night! Dreaming big time! Do you do dream interpretation? Try out your skills on mine of last night: so Ellery was a little boy in this dream, Rich was no where to be found, and we were at my parents' house with my parents present, dad in bed, mom flitting all over. It's morning. I hear a jet fly overhead. I call for Ellery to come see. We look out the window...

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Jan 16, 2015 - five days and counting

We are only taking a carry-on bag each. That means that I have to be very judicious about which items to take. Shoes take up the most room. I am going to wear my boots for hiking and cool weather on the plane. My slippers go in my purse; my flip flops and walking shoes go in my bag. I'm a flannel PJ person, but am foregoing taking some. Cotton pjs will have to suffice. One teeny ditty bag of liquids and gels is it. Wow! Creativity to fit my necessities inside that! Then there's mostly polyester which will wash out easily each night. Rich is...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Day 29 - Rest Day

Today is our third rest day. Breakfast on Trek in our hotel, the Hilton, lunch and dinner on our own. Slept late - 7am. Had my first massage of the trip - caught a ride in Trek van the 2 miles to the massage. Rented a bike from one of those bike kiosks to get back - shifting did not work. Nice town - state capitol and home of University of Wisconsin. Walked to bike shop and bought CO2 cartridges to replenish my supply. Did go do laundry after breakfast - got hotel shuttle to provide transportation - 1 mile both ways.

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Sep 20, 2014 - Day 28

87.1 miles, 15.6 average speed, 40.74 maximum speed, 2950 feet climbing. Nine scenic ride into Madison - some very tough climbs. Dinner tonight at the home of the president of Trek - John Burke. Nice guy - spent some time talking about the trip with him and talking about Lance. He was not very forthcoming about Lance. Had beers before dinner at Great Dane Brewing Co. Good beer. According to records we have gone 2386 miles and climbed 88,850 feet.

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Jul 18, 2014 - Packing for Maine part 1

Today I am going to talk about the stressful long process you all know as packing. A few days ago my mom gave me a suitcase and exclaimed, "it's time to start packing!" The first thing that popped into my head was, oh crap. I simply had no idea what to do first. So, today I will give you all some helpful tips on packing... First of all my mom made the mistake of telling me to pack about nine days before our trip. Believe me, you do not want to do this. It will just waste your precious time trying to figure out what things you will need in...

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