Inner Journey

All journies have an element of introspection, but these inner journeys were all about personal growth and finding oneself. You could call also this the hero’s journey, vision quest, coming-of-age ritual, spiritual awakening, enlightenment, self-transcendence, self-actualization and many other names.

A photo of us mimicking the pose of the presidents on Mount Rushmore.

How to make a memorable moment

In celebration of my website’s 20th anniversary and my 50th lap around the sun, I’ve written an extra-special story about how I live a life worth living, including making memorable moments and how friends shed new light on life.

Dolly Sods Wilderness panorama. Flowing boulders in the foreground followed by rows of pine trees, mountains and clouds.

Old friends never die

A heart-warming story about how our true friends never leave us even when they take that last great adventure into the sky.

Rachel Hugens and Patrick standing on Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The highest point in Africa. 5895 meters.

A new way of seeing

Rachel Hugens, world traveler by bicycle, shares the biggest lesson she learned after 25 years on and off the road. Avid traveler or armchair traveler, this will change your life, too!

Thunder Mountain Trail, Utah. A hoodoo that resembles a statue from Easter Island.

Desolate Highways to Thunder Mountain and Beyond

It has been 20 years since adventurer Mark Loftin has contributed his first story to our website. Your future self will thank you for his insights and wisdom that you can apply right now to your travels. Besides it is a beautiful story about biking Thunder Mountain Trail and exploring the Extraterrestrial Highway.

Rim Trail, Grand Canyon Village, United States

How my teacher helped me live my life

By Cindy Trillo Location: The Grand Canyon I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the second-largest population center in the state. It can be tempting to

Rachel Hugens and Patrick on the equator in Africa. Before and After. 1994 to 2015.

Dreaming of Doing the Absurd

And 3 strategies to achieve the impossible Editor’s Note: I’ve been following Rachel’s adventures for a while, and I can say I’ve been jealous and

marc jason bicycle tourer riding down a road with steep snow banks

For Those Who Want More From Life

Mark Jason explains his motivation for riding a bicycle around the world and gives some advice for living life to the fullest.

Lance Armstrong Livestrong

Challenging Oneself

This recent guest post arrived just days ahead of a news story about Lance Armstrong full of controversy, upset and — maybe — inspiration.

Richard Adams testing Bike Friday and bicycle trailer.

Eluding the Psychological Barrier

Another bicycle tour “She is at it again!” With Ingrid’s insatiable appetite for adventure, there is never a quiet or relaxed moment in our home.

Boneparth Greek adventure 01

Women Across the Millennia

For Ellen Boneparth, it happened at Delphi. She and a group of over twenty women were at the end of a two-and-a-half week journey across the ages, forming a circle together deep inside a cave that ancient Greeks had once used for goddess worship, praying to “Mother Earth.”

Mikkel meditating

Throwing Stones to Save the World

Several years ago, Mikkel Aaland on a quest for peace, placed Shinto stones in South Africa, the Philippines, and Germany. Shortly thereafter, South African apartheid came to an end, President Marcos left the Philippines and the Berlin Wall came crumbling down.

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