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Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Roosevelt National Park: Aschenbach trail

I ride out to the park entrance to purchase a park pass. Last night they were closed when I came in. I decide to buy the annual pass for 80 dollars; I'll have to hit a lot of parks to make that worthwhile. I didn't buy one on my previous bicycle trips out west because they charge a lot less for entry for bicycles and I never came close to 80 dollars-worth of entrance fees. While motorcycles get a slight discount, I'm more likely to hit that limit on this trip.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Roosevelt National Park: hiking Sperati Point in search of a sunset

The camp tidied up and secured, I'm off to find the sunset. I don't get but 100 yards down the road before seeing a trike and a huge trailer parked in a campsite. I have to stop and take a look at this setup. The owner is Dave, a man in a wheelchair from Arizona. He's come up with this arrangement to still be able to travel in the open air despite missing a leg. I'm impressed. He sleeps in the back of the trailer and says he manages quite well; having already traveled around the US like this. We chat for a while. He's a former gold prospector who has lived in Alaska, in the Southwest, in the Appalachians -- always looking for gold. He has 10 acres now in Arizona near Kingman where he spends the winter but gets out to travel in the summer to escape the desert heat. I say my goodbyes as the sun is getting low.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Voyageurs National Park: return canoe trip

Morning mist on Agnes Lake greets me when I get out of the tent. I retrieve my food bag from the bear pole, make some breakfast, then pack up for the hike back to the dock. I will not soon forget this place; it is a truly beautiful spot to camp. I only wish I had planned for more time here but I'm almost out of food.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Voyageurs National Park: 24 hours with no human contact, hiking in the Kabetogama Peninsula

I wake up, roll out of the tent buck-naked, and jump into the lake for a swim. Every day should start this way. Then breakfast. Next on the menu today is a hike around the peninsula. There are trails heading west and north; I decide on north to start.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Voyageurs National Park: canoing to backcountry campsite

In the morning I reconfigure all my gear for canoe mode: I'll need all my camping stuff, a light load of clothes, plus food. The rest I'll pack up on the motorcycle and put it under the cover. I shouldn't have anything to worry about with the motorcycle being parked at the resort. The place is run by a friendly older couple. When I tell the guy where I'm going he gives me a funny look and says: you know it's more than 10 miles from here? I'm thinking: what's the big deal? Maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew but 10 miles doesn't seem like all that much in a canoe... but then again I've never canoed that far so I really have no idea. We'll just have to see. I stack my gear in the front and push off into the lake.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Eagle Mountain: hiking to the (not very) highest elevation of Minnesota

I'm happy to be leaving the tent and half my gear in place today at the campsite while I go hiking. The ranger I talked to yesterday recommended hiking Eagle Mountain so off I go. The trailhead is only a couple of miles of gravel road to the north of my campsite. Halfway there I see a great big bull moose up ahead on the side of the road. He's a magnificent beast; his black rack splayed out like a medusa against the backdrop of the pine forest. He's staring at me... probably trying to determine what I am and if I represent a threat. My camera is in my backpack, I stop short and try to dig it out as quickly as I can. I'm still fumbling with the pack when the moose spooks and runs across the road to disappear into the forest. I'm bummed I couldn't bring the camera to bear in time. I move up to where he disappeared, park the bike, and poke around in the woods by the side of the road a bit; but he's gone.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Copper Harbor: mountain-biking the Keweenaw Peninsula

I have to move my campsite this morning because the site I'm in is booked for Saturday night. There are thunderstorms unleashing period downpours... in the brief respites from the rain I make mad dashes carrying my stuff to the new site. I've got a bicycle booked for today so I'm not going to wait around for things to clear up.  continue reading...



Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Nordhouse Dunes: A long hike through the dunes

After a cold breakfast of ham and cheese in a tortilla (and packing a lunch of same), I head for the dunes. There are trails running off into the woods but I just stick to the beach to start, moving south.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Chickenwhat?

Hunter Mountain Fire Tower: A hike up a mountain to see the view

In the morning I ask the ranger about the hiking trail I saw signs for down the road. He says it's a good workout, a pretty strenous hike up onto the mountain to our west. I decide to check it out. It means staying another night in the campground, 21 dollars this time as the setup fee only applies the first time. I set off at 8am under cloudy skies. It's got the feel of rain today.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Cape Cod

World's End Wildlife:

Bicycle, deer, turkeys, rabbits, birds, sunset, fox, fireworks...phew!  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Occitanie

Aveyron to Tarn: rivers and castles and cities in the sky

Everything is soaking wet this morning from a thick fog that will keep the sun at bay until noon. I just cram the tent under the cargo net on the back of the bike, it's too wet to bother packing into the stuffsack. Thankfully no sign of my friend the sanglier as I make my way back to the road.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Occitanie

Carcassonne to Fenouillet: beautiful spring day (but windy)

I roll out of the tent at 7am. Packed up and on the road a little before 8. It's cold this morning, maybe 5 degrees (41 Fahrenheit), I'm all bundled up to start the day. A very muddy towpath is waiting for me. I slog my way through it for 10 kilometers before I get tired of it and get on the road. I need a coffee as well.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Four Noble Truths

Mad dash to Bangkok day 1: 185.6 kilometers

This trip in SE Asia has been pretty easy. Time to spice it up a bit with a challenge: how fast can I get to Bangkok? I know I've got lots of flat riding through rice paddies ahead of me, scenery I've already been through ad nauseam in this country, so I've set myself a goal to pass the time.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Four Noble Truths

Ban Bor Thor: cave kayaking

Trading the bicycle for a kayak to explore the limestone caves and karsts of Ban Bor Thor. Like most days I plan on not riding, I end up riding anyways, this time to see the sunset on a lonely beach 20 kilometers southwest of where I'm staying.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Taiwan bicycle touring summary:

Taiwan has a lot to offer the bicycle traveler: scenic coastlines, tall mountains, cheap food, friendly and courteous people, warm (though wet and humid) weather, and reasonably respectful drivers. There is a substantial cycling community which I'm told is rapidly expanding. I met a fair number of Taiwanese who had traveled by bike or were planning to; going around the island on a bicycle is a thing to do. Some of the downsides are: relatively expensive lodging, prolonged rainy periods, and the west coast which is basically just one huge city from the top of the island to the bottom.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Taroko National Park (Part 2): Taroko Gorge, the amazing scenery continues

The long descent winds along the north side of the gorge. Even on my trip through the Andes I never saw landscapes quite like this, where multiple layers of mountains and clouds play tricks with my depth perception. I feel like taking a photo every time I round a corner.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Puli to Cingjing: Hehuan Mountain - a sunset not soon forgotten and a climb to match.

The elevation data I can find for this Puli-Hehuan Mountain-Taroko ride says 5,500 meters of climbing over 145 kilometers. I split the climbing roughly in half, booking a place for the night 40-odd kilometers and 2,500 meters up Hehuan Mountain. The hotel looks like one of the last ones before civilization peters out at the higher elevations. I've got my work cut out for me over the next two days, but once I'm over the top on day 2 I should have a good 80 kilometers of downhill to the coast.  continue reading...


Latest post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Alishan to Shuili: Jade Mountain (Yu-shan National Park), monkeys and switchbacks

Victor is headed back to Taipei today via bus and train, I'm continuing on the bicycle to Jade Mountain then northwards to points unknown. Today's highlight: monkeys, specifically Formosan Rock Macaques.  continue reading...



About 300ps.com

I have been traveling for a long time, by plane, bus, train, you name it... but mostly by motorcycle until I discovered cycling. As a kid I could stare at an atlas for hours just wondering what it would be like to travel through all those places represented on the maps. I’m not really much of a tourist; people will frequently say to me: “You went to X and didn’t see Y? How could you go to X and not see Y???”

I don't really have a good answer to that question. I guess I just want to go to see what it's like; and to learn whatever language it is that people are speaking there. In any event after years of travel I have accumulated a lot of memories, a couple of exotic diseases, and a collection of motorcycle and bicycle touring blogs that were stored on different sites, in different formats. I decided to reunite them all in one place: 300ps.com. What is 300ps? It's the German abreviation for Pferdestärke, or horsepower in English, as in "300hp". The moniker was given to me by a strange doctor in Berlin who cured me of an illness (read the full story).