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Blog post from: Chickenwhat?

Canyonlands: Lathrop trail

Standing on the edge of this sheer cliff overlooking the river it seems impossible that a trail could lead me down there, but it does, by means of traversing a few shelves in the mesa, then a long, snaking path heading south across the face of the rock until it reaches an amphitheater that has enough of a slope for a switchbacking path downwards...  continue reading...


Blog post from: Chickenwhat?

Canyonlands: Syncline loop

I'm going counter-clockwise, the first 3 or so miles are a descent down washes and then a canyon, the beginning of which is marked by spectacular rock pillars of roughly the same height on both sides, like goalposts...  continue reading...


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Dinosaur National Monument: Jones Hole

They are drawings on the cliff wall made by an ancient indigenous group. I saw a few of these over in Capitol Reef when I travelled through the area by bicycle in 2014; they've got that same blocky, almost humorous style of say a young teenager doodling during math class...  continue reading...


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City of Rocks: hike around the park

When I get to the top I think to myself that climbing up these things alone and without equipment is not such a good idea. I'm reminded of that guy who got his arm wedged between rocks and ended up having to cut his own arm off...  continue reading...


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Craters of the Moon: Back country day 2

I don't want to leave this quiet, beautiful place but the lack of water leaves me no choice. It occurs to me that it wouldn't take much to die in a place like this: a slip that sprains an ankle or breaks something and the dehydration would do you in quickly...  continue reading...


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Craters of the Moon: Back country day 1

I try to gauge what it is: four feet, fairly heavy, I'm guessing a coyote. I wish the ranger hadn't told me about the cougar. I reassure myself with the perhaps faulty logic that a cougar would be too stealthy to be heard...  continue reading...


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Crosscut Trail Day 3: that makes 2 days without people

I have a depressing moment of reflection on the state of humanity: why bother to go out into nature to camp if you're going to bring 5 tons of machinery, generators, stereos, etc... and turn it back into a city?  continue reading...


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Crosscut Trail Day 2: egg burritos save the day

I look at all my wet gear and have a moment of panic: maybe I should just pack out, ride to the nearest city, sell the motorcycle and get a job. I decide to make myself an egg burrito instead...  continue reading...


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Pine to Crosscut Trail: into the back country

A big elk buck goes running full speed across the ravine 200 yards below me. He stops half way up the ridge, looks back where he came from, then scrambles up to the top. And I'm thinking: what is that elk running away from?  continue reading...


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Cascades National Park - Sourdough Mountain: of deer, switchbacks, and those paved curves.

The Park Service description says this trail 'switchbacks relentlessly and steeply'. I don't disagree with their assessment...  continue reading...


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Glacier National Park: hiking Numa Ridge

They logged one strike that turned into a fire 18 days later... the forest duff had ignited, then crept along smoldering until it hit a dead tree then pouff: forest fire...  continue reading...


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Roosevelt National Park: Aschenbach trail

Yes they told me not to hike the Aschenbach Trail (sounds like fun, let's go!).  continue reading...


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

At dusk it's like a deer slalom course up here. I'm relieved to roll back into my campsite. The headlight problem can wait until tomorrow...  continue reading...


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Voyageurs National Park: return canoe trip

The lake water is a deep black this morning, perfectly still with thousands of suspended particles floating below the surface that make it look like a starry sky. I dig my paddle into this black syrup...  continue reading...


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

Hiking from Agnes Lake to Cruiser Lake, Elk Lake on the Kabetogama Peninsual. Not a human soul out here other than myself.  continue reading...


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Voyageurs National Park: canoing to backcountry campsite

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...  continue reading...


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

A glimpse of a magnificent moose, a hike up Eagle Mountain, and a fruitless search to find the moose again.  continue reading...


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Copper Harbor: mountain-biking the Keweenaw Peninsula

A couple walking towards me a few hundred yards down the path tells me that they just saw a bear. 'Sing a song' the woman says..  continue reading...


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Nordhouse Dunes: Camping on the beach

Three days of free camping on the Lake Michigan beach with a local.  continue reading...


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Nordhouse Dunes: A long hike through the dunes

Clear skies, bright colors, deer, a chance encounter and a beautiful sunset.  continue reading...


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

The ranger gets me started on a hiking trail, a chance encounter keeps me going higher.  continue reading...


Blog 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...



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).