Quiz: Moab Research

Quiz Friday! Here is Kira doing research at 1am. Long term traveling goes hand in hand with constant research. We’re heading towards Moab which is a famous hub for outdoor activities. It offers endless possibilities, but all of them come with conditions: you can take pets on this trail, but not that one, your should hike this trail during sunrise, and watch this stone during sunset, see that rock anytime, but only if you drink milk, and ride this trail, but only on Thursdays at 3, and only if the elephant weights less than one tonne… At the end, we managed to figure everything out and make the best possible plan, but it came with a price. Question: How much hair did we lose during our research for Moab?
A: Kira lost twice as much as Sven
B: Sven lost twice as much as Kira
C: 3,14 and they were curly
D: None, our hair is immune for this by now
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 150. Hiding in Colorado

Good news: we have cycled half of the mainland USA! To celebrate this achievement we visited Mesa Verde National Park. We never heard about it before, but it left us speechless. We spent the rest of the week hiding behind blackout curtains and doing nothing at all. Touring full time is a hard job, we work form 5:00 to 23:00 in order to keep everything running smoothly. Cycling is the easiest part, the supporting tasks are the ones that eat up most of our time and energy. There are no weekends, no holidays and often we work overtimes additionally to our 18-hour-workday. The hard work sure pays back in unique, unexpected and quirky ways and couple of days off is a rare, but sometimes needed indulgence. Also, we brought Tulku for her annual vaccination and check up. She got her knees inspected for the first time since her operation in Colombia and turns out that her knees are healthy and patellas are not luxating anymore. Yay!

Quiz: Why Colorado?

Quiz Friday! Here we are, entering Colorado! Our route through mainland USA is heading towards Utah. In order to get there, we had to go either via Arizona or via Colorado. As the photo hints, we have chosen Colorado. Question: Why did we choose to cycle through Colorado instead of Arizona?
A: It’s shorter
B: It has less elevation
C: It has cooler sights
D: We don’t like the drink called ‘Arizona’, so we don’t want to visit the state either
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 149. End of New Mexico!

This week started with a climb over the continental divide. We went back to the Pacific side and we’ll stay here until the finish. We were cycling through deserterous areas with spectacular canyons and rock formations all week long. Everyday we found something that left us in awe. Additionally, we did some exploring and visited ancient ruins and Shiprock. Shiprock is holy to Navajo Indians and it’s huge – you can see it from 50 kilometers away and sometimes from even further!

Quiz: Desert Side Effects

Quiz Friday! Here are Sven and Tulku overlooking the desert. We’ve cycled through deserts and semi-deserts for the most part of this year, basically since entering Mexico and leaving the jungle region. Deserts are dry, deserts are hot and deserts have spectacular views. Also, no desert is alike!
Question: What do we miss the most when cycling through deserts?
A – Rain and rivers
B – Trees and forests
C – Cold weather and warm clothes
D – Nothing, we love deserts more than anything else
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 148. Cycling in New Mexico

Our week started in Albuquerque where we went through two-day ordeal of fixing our bikes (thanks, Dave!). Our bikes have lots of wear and tear after 3 years on the road, but still are holding great (thanks, MAXX!). After we left Albuquerque and Chihuahuan desert behind us, we started cycling Colorado Plateau. We found ourselves surrounded by such beautiful landscapes, that words fail to describe them. It’s still pretty deserterous, but yellow and orange rock formations are gorgeous! Best part: people say that even more beauty is in front of us!

Week 147. 1000 days on the road and counting!

Oh, what a week! We crossed many of our personal boundaries, both mental and physical, in order to arrive to Albuquerque on Independence day in USA. 4th of July coincided with our 1000th day on the road. It was a picture perfect day and welcome reward (fireworks included!) after our hard work. We made a video about this day, go check it out: https://youtu.be/3kCO6saryo4 The festivities were followed by tons of errands that need to be run and tons of research that need to be conducted.

Quiz: Spare Water

Quiz Friday! Here is Sven leaving town with 39 liters of water and drinks. This week we had a 160 kilometer long stretch through the desert without possibility to get new supplies for 3 days and 2 nights. It’s not unusual for us to carry food for more than 6 days, but carrying water for more than 2 days and 1 night is a challenge. We need water not only for drinking, but also for cooking and basic hygiene; but water is heavy and bulky supply, so it’s not easy to transport it.
Question: Were these 39 liters (10,4 gallons) of water and drinks enough for us to reach the next town?
A – Yes, and we had extra water and drinks left
B – Yes, but we reached the town without any drop left
C – No, we had enough drinks, but not enough water
D – No, we had to stop cars and ask for more water and drinks
Hint: Keep in mind that it’s >+35°C during daytime in the desert!
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 146: Hunt for Aliens

Week 146. Hunt for aliens. This week started with a visit to Carlsbad Caverns NP that was out of this world beautiful. Next, we reached Roswell and visited UFO research museum where we learned about the crash that happened in 1947 that sparked a lot of controversy. That was a loud crash, because people are still talking about it today! Later, we had a chance to hunt for aliens ourselves by crossing an uninhabited and160 km long desert where the UFO crashed, camping in the open desert included. We might report on our findings next week, but most likely, we’ll just keep silent about them for forever.