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More Than Travel: Eyes Wide Open

I arrived in the rain to Bulgaria's capital of Sofia and to be honest, drab was my first impression but not just because of the dreary overcast. The skyline I saw as we skirted the city was of a Soviet influenced gray and I thought of stereotypical communist austerity and uniformity.

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More Than Travel

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Mary Ritter Beard … Mary's Blog … When I was just a kid, I heard about my cousin's studies in Spain. I was only 7 or so and knew that I too wanted to travel.

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Q&A With Author Steve Garufi

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Steve Garufi, bicyclist and author of "Under a Triumphant Sky, a Bike Across America Story." Steve is an avid bicyclist and traveler who has biked across the United States twice! Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. How did you get into biking? A:

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Photo Friday: Emily Hull-Parsons

This week's Photo Friday includes some great pictures from our friend, Emily Hull-Parsons. Emily is a Nonprofit Management Consultant living in Monterey, CA. She enjoys hiking, biking, golf, painting and most of all meeting new people and seeing new places.

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Photo Friday: Dave and Jeanne Sampel

This week's Photo Friday highlights some great shots by Dave and Jeanne Sampel taken on our Mallorca Bike Tour. We had the opportunity to ask Dave and Jeanne some questions about their experience. Read on! (Above: Dave, Jeanne and friends roadside) Why did you choose to go on a bike tour?

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San Francisco - Jan’s Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride

I've lost count how many times I've done the bike ride shown below but it occured to me that I've never really documented it. As such, it would seem remiss to not make a pictorial blog post showing one of my favorite rides in the world.

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Photo Friday: Tim Manning

We are excited to announce a new column highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel through photography, as seen through the lens of Tripsite Friends! This week features some great shots by Tim Manning. Tim snapped these gems while biking through Burma.

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A postcard from Myanmar - Hennie’s last update from Asia.

It's not often you get one of these in the mail. Looks like this postcard made its way to San Francisco in about 3 1/2 weeks. Thanks, Mom!

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Update from Hennie in Hong Kong

When I arrived in Hong Kong on Monday, all I wanted was to go home. But I had only one day in Hong Kong. I have never been one that enjoyed figuring things out in a big city and definitely not a subway system. It is not that complicated but it is just not my thing.

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Update from Hennie in Bagan

I am in Bagan. It is amazing. This morning we went for a short bike ride to visit the various pagodas and temples. They are massive structures all built with red brick and some with steeples covered with gold leaves, many dating from the 11th century.

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Popa Mountain

The ride to and up Popa mountain wasn't very eventful except that it was a very tough climb. Only 4 of us took the challenge. I had fun, felt really strong, and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment. The Popa mountain resort in which we stayed was spectacular.

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Update from Hennie: Pindaya, Myanmar, area of the Danu Tribe

Today was an awesome day and reminded me again of how I love to bike! It was cool in the morning and then began to warm up. We're staying in a nice hotel, all cabins built with bamboo. The floor is made of weaved bamboo, the walls everything.

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