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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...


Recent post, from: Occitanie

Fin fond du Lot to near Cazals: Please Mr. Wild Boar, don't crush my tent!

Cahors, the hills of Quercy, and a fabulous campsite overlooking the Gorges de l'Aveyron. To top off the evening, a sanglier (wild boar) scares the living shit out of me.  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...


Recent post, from: Four Noble Truths

Mad dash to Bangkok day 3: 211 kilometers

Surfing sugarcane trucks, a wipeout, and a huge day for the odometer.  continue reading...


Recent post, from: Four Noble Truths

Mad dash to Bangkok day 2: 168.5 kilometers

I awaken slightly hungover. Not from drinking, but from yesterday's torrid pace riding down from Chiang Mai. That kind of cycling has a frantic, scatter-brained energy to it similar to the feeling I get when I drink too much espresso. What's on tap for today? The hair of the dog that bit me.  continue reading...


Recent 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...


Recent 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...


Recent post, from: Four Noble Truths

Thungwualaen Beach to Tha Chang: on fire

You okay? Yeah, it's just that my mouth is on fire. And my lips. And my nose is running. And my cheeks are sweating? When the waiter says "are you sure you want the hot and spicy soup?", maybe it's time to second guess that choice. I've lived in Mexico, I figure how bad can it be?  continue reading...


Recent 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...


Recent 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...


Recent 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...


Recent 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...


Recent post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Dashu to Chiayi: Big Buddhas and a long night ride

Serious gluttony at the breakfast buffet this morning. Afterwards I feel like going back to bed for a nap but the show must go on, there are big Buddhas to see and miles to be ridden.  continue reading...


Recent post, from: Taiwan Loop-de-Loop

Xincheng to Donghe: Flying with the wind

We took a long break to wait out some dowpours yesterday so we're in the hole in terms of getting to Donhe, we were expecting to leave ourselves only 120k today, but in the event it's more like 150 to 160. We committed to getting there tonight so we just have to grind it out regardless.  continue reading...


Recent post, from: Taipei summer

Hong Kong: Mountain-biking Lantau Island (Part 1)

Mountain-biking Lantau Island...well, more like hiking the mountains on Lantau Island while carrying a mountain bike. The trails are rough: lots of stone steps, unrideable rocks, etcetera... Loads of fun but some serious work, especially in this heat. Not for those looking for a casual ride; suspension and wide tires a must.  continue reading...


Recent post, from: Taipei summer

Yangmingshan, Jinshan, north coast:

Despite the arrival of October, the heat is full-on. Maybe a little less humid but the baking sun makes up for it. I was poking around the web the other day and discovered some descriptions of riding over Yangmingshan Mountain to the north of Taipei. I've been over those mountains a few times on my way to Wanlin but these involved following more heavily-travelled roads that come out on the north coast farther to the east. I decide to give it a try.  continue reading...


Recent post, from: Taipei summer

Yilan to Taipei: Monkeys and mountains

To get away from the coast takes a serious climb right off the bat, I don't have an altimeter on this bike computer so I'll guess 6 or 700 meters of elevation gain, then it's a roller coaster for the rest of the day.  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).