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by Going Slowly

We had a look at our website traffic yesterday and were completely blown away by what we saw. In the last 30 days we've had over 15,000 hits from more than 50 countries, all coming to a website written on two tiny little laptops in a tent!

Keeping up on our journals has been, at times, a task almost as monumental as riding our bicycles around the world. What helps us continue to write through the rough patches is one half dogged determination and one half living up to the the kind words we've received via our contact page, encouraging us to continue.

If you're reading this now, we have a small request to make if you're willing. At the bottom of this post there is a link entitled "Post a Comment". Could you please click it and tell us who you are, where you are from, how you found us, and anything else you think we should know?

(If you don't have a Google or OpenID account just tick the little circle next to 'Name/URL' and post away. You can leave the URL blank if you like.)

We both think it would be really remarkable to have a snapshot of all the people who've followed along with us. That way when we're old and we look back on our adventure we can remember those of you who were right there with us in spirit too!

- Tyler & Tara



Even if you're reading this in 2020, we'd still love to hear that you passed through. You're probably on a hover bicycle by now, right?

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hey guys. totally love reading about your journeys and love seeing the photos you post....and now that you arent in europe anymore, its getting even better! via bco.
Posted by tansoku on November 19th, 2009 at 6:05 PM
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Take care of yourselves! Maestro Jim, Maestro Kurt, are wanting to get some video shot, so i'll keep ya both posted!

Posted by FireWolf on November 19th, 2009 at 6:18 PM
I am one of those reading your posts every single day. I enjoy your product reviews, pictures and just going along for the ride.

Fred Bouwman
November 19, 2009
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 6:23 PM
We are Dan and Julia.::clap, clap:: We are from Urbana.::clap, clap:: We are super friendly. ::clap, clap:: We drive a Honda.::clap, clap::
Posted by Julia on November 19th, 2009 at 7:10 PM
Posted my comment for a few days ago by mistake, scrolling down too far. But, to clarify: enjoying your adventures from Urbana, IL, though now in Brattleboro VT. Great writing, stunning photos.

From the mom of a high school classmate.
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 7:15 PM
brian in salt lake city. surly lht owner, bike commuter, wanna be bike tourer and stubled onto to your site several months ago. keep coming back for the great writing and amazing photos. you guys experience travel much the same way i do.
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 7:53 PM
Carole from Watertown, NY. Not sure how I found you, but I am addicted to your posts and they are the first I read among all the RSS feeds to which I subscribe. I admire your determination and adventurous spirit. Safe journeys always.
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 8:01 PM
I'm Rob, currently based in Atlanta, traveler but not yet bike tourer. You guys write a fantastic blog!
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 8:03 PM
Howdy from Austin, Tx! Sara here and I learned about the trip through Tyler's brother.

Your posts are must reads for me and I love the photography. Thank you for sharing your adventures!
Posted by bonita sarita on November 19th, 2009 at 8:09 PM
I'm in Champaign, Illinois, and I heard about your big adventure from an article in the News-Gazette way back at the beginning. I started occasionally checking for updates, and eventually it became a habit of reading every new update when it comes online.

I've been a biker most of my life, and more recently a world traveler, but I haven't yet combined the two. We've undertaken a couple of short 2-day tours with our 2 small kids in a trailer and had lots of fun. I doubt I'll ever do anything as ambitious as what you're doing, but I hope to convince my kids to a 1-2 week tour when they're big enough.
Posted by Quentin on November 19th, 2009 at 8:34 PM
I, too, am from Champaign, though only for a couple of years (thus far)! Saw the article in the News-Gazette, and you become a feed in my google reader, and now your posts are my daily drug to feed my dream of adventure around the world! Wishing you both continued safe journey and looking forward to what's to come!
Posted by eek on November 19th, 2009 at 8:52 PM
I'm from Champaign IL too! I heard about the post through a friend who was a reporter at the News Gazette. I've loved the photography since the first time I saw the blog. And the website is very nicely set up. You are an inspiration for adventure and the simple pleasures of life. Thank you for all that.
Posted by Juan A. S. on November 19th, 2009 at 9:54 PM
HI! I too am from Champaign, IL, I have followed Tara for 25 years and hope to follow you both for a long long time. I love you. GM
Posted by Anonymous on November 19th, 2009 at 10:31 PM
Dave here from Vancouver BC, counting down my days before I head off on a similar trek in 4 months.
We're likely to cross paths at some point!
Posted by Dave on November 19th, 2009 at 11:41 PM
It's Greg from Urbana. We exchanged some emails when I first started following your website by my feed reader when I read the News-Gazette article and I still faithfully read!
Posted by Greg on November 20th, 2009 at 12:11 AM
Tara's brother! we love you Tara and Tyler and we are so proud of you both keep being an inspiration for everyone to follow their dreams!

Oakland, CA USA
Posted by lian on November 20th, 2009 at 12:32 AM
Looks like the News Gazette article was well read--that's where I found you too! My son hiked the Appalachian Trail, and that's how I got hooked on travel journals. Your photography is outstanding and love to follow your adventure!
Safe travels!
Posted by Anonymous on November 20th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Tara's mom and dad here, in Champaign, Illinois, USA. First thing in the morning we read your blog every day :D
Thanks for the attention to detail you provide in your writing and the consistently high quality of your photos. We are proud of you both.
We love you!
Posted by Lisa on November 20th, 2009 at 7:45 AM
another News Gazette reader here in Champaign, IL. I've been reading ever since. Blown away by your courage and your photos! My husband and I dream about biking in france and italy.
Posted by Lori on November 20th, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Debbie, from Urbana, IL is just a recreational bike rider (can't really call me a "biker") who loves world cultures. I know Tara from school and am totally addicted to your journal--for the fascinating cultural tidbits, the wonderful writing style, the great photos, for the pleasure of reading a great love story...Should I go on? Thanks for sharing with us!
Posted by Deborah Black on November 20th, 2009 at 8:07 AM
Tara, our grandfathers were brothers. Your Mom told my Mom about your site. I look forward to reading your posts everyday. It has now become a habit to check the site daily. I love your writing style and the photo's. Keep up the good work. Have fun and stay safe!

Chicago, IL
Posted by Anonymous on November 20th, 2009 at 8:24 AM

We are Jim and Julie in Leadville, CO and recently found your blog (but I'm not sure how).

Currently, we are in the midst of breaking free from wage-slave mediocrity and prepping to do some world travel by bike soon. Until then living vicariously through blogs like yours.

We have two dogs. One is black. The other is black and white. They bark and stink.

Thanks so much for sharing your travels.
Posted by Jim on November 20th, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Julia Dossett from Chicago! Love the blog! Going Slowly is one of my favorite things to read, period.
Posted by Julia on November 20th, 2009 at 9:36 AM
Another reader from Urbana, though now living in Minneapolis. I posted once before (and that's my mother's comment above). As another former Uni student, I found out about the trip and the blog through Frances Harris's Uni library blog. I check every day, and sometimes more than once :) I love reading about your adventures and the way you approach challenges.

- Emily Bruce
Posted by amocantare on November 20th, 2009 at 10:20 AM
I can't remember where or how I found my way to your journal but I've been following along since shortly after your arrival in England. This site has become one of my daily "check-ins" every morning.

My wife and I are planning to do some bike touring and your journey has been an inspiration to us. Keep up the great work, and safe travels!

Shawn & Sheila Orbanic
Ridgefield, CT
Posted by Shawn on November 20th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
I first heard about your adventurous trip back in April through a co-worker at the U of I (I believe he's a relative to Tara?) I've been reading your posts daily and feel as though I'm on the trip with you!

Kelly Young
Paxton, IL
Posted by Kelly Young on November 20th, 2009 at 10:41 AM
I'm Tara's Rotary connection in Urbana. Your Dad sent me an e-mail about the blog.
Posted by bill volk on November 20th, 2009 at 11:37 AM
We are Edmund and Steven, two guys based in Barcelona, who follow your updates daily - and feel sad when there hasn't been one for more than a day! No pressure! :)

We love following you guys and feel really jealous!
Posted by Edd & Steven on November 20th, 2009 at 11:50 AM
i'm a friend of Tara's brother Lian, in the Bay Area. totally inspired by your adventures. my sweetie max and i are planning a 6-month bike tour soon, maybe we will cross paths...
Posted by manjula martin on November 20th, 2009 at 1:43 PM
We followed the travellingtwo during their adventure and are now following yours as we prepare for our own open ended world tour (15 months and counting). We'll let you know once our website and blog are up. Love the photos. Best of luck.

Sheila and Kai from Vermont, USA
Posted by Anonymous on November 20th, 2009 at 2:12 PM
I'm Tara's sister-friend. As you both know, I love checking in on your adventures especially as it's been so long since I've traveled myself. It's beautiful to see all the people riding along with you both in spirit. Thanks for such a great blog.

Daily checker,
Karina "Beana" Lepeley
Johnson, VT USA
Posted by Karina on November 20th, 2009 at 2:15 PM
I'm Libby from St. Cloud, MN and I work with Tyler's dad. Living vicariously and continuously updating my background with your photos! Beautiful :)
Posted by Anonymous on November 20th, 2009 at 3:32 PM
I'm Emily Bruce's aunt (she went to Uni a couple of years after you, Tara). I'm one of those daily checkers, and have so enjoyed following you in your travels. You write very well, and I love your photos. (Hope you'll turn it all into a book!) Now that you've moved on from my familiar stomping grounds in Europe, it's even more exciting. Hope those visas come in, but wherever you go I'm sure you'll have a great adventure.

Karen MacQueen
Chicago, IL
Posted by KMQ on November 20th, 2009 at 3:51 PM
Long-time friend of Tyler from central Minnesota. Looking forward to meeting Tara someday. :D

Love to you both.
Posted by Mary Niedenfuer on November 20th, 2009 at 3:57 PM
Tara you have been one of my favorite people ever since that first day I arrived at Guilford and you were there to greet me in your overalls and bright colors! I read your blog everyday and am so proud of you! Tyler I can't wait to meet you! Much love! Happy Thanksgiving!

Seattle, WA
Posted by Eliza on November 20th, 2009 at 4:49 PM
Chris from Kansas City, MO.

Aspiring bike tourist, and engineering nerd (enjoy being able to see some of the database). I'm planning to ride US coast to coast in the spring, but after getting hooked by this blog, I want to set my sights even higher.

Thanks for getting out there and living the dream.
Posted by chris on November 20th, 2009 at 4:58 PM
Kirby and Rebecca, Eugene OR

We started planning for an open-ended bike tour only 2 months ago. And while researching possibilities we stumbled on GoingSlowly and it's become one of the best resources yet for equipment needs, expected cost-per-day estimates and inspiration to keep the dream alive.

We are probably still 18 months away from starting our trip, and I believe we'll keep reading GoingSlowly as long as we can.
Posted by Kirby on November 20th, 2009 at 6:01 PM
Hello from Lincoln, NE, although I am a recent transplant from Champaign, IL. I learned about your website through an article on and check it on a regular basis to follow your adventures. Your photos are stunning and I appreciate the mention of cats as I befriend all the ones I see as well :)

Thanks for all the work you put into your blog!

Courtney McCusker
Lincoln, NE
Posted by Courtney on November 20th, 2009 at 6:16 PM
jmcjj and niko in knoxville, tn (college roommate and unofficial college roommate). i read every day and proudly report to everyone i can about all the adventures you're having. it fills me with joy to see how happy you both are--thank you for sharing it! and to think you let me borrow your bike at guilford because you never rode it :) love you guys!!
Posted by Jesse on November 20th, 2009 at 8:24 PM
I found you through the News Gazette article. I have commented to you before. You are both inspiring and adorable! I check evry day to see if you have posted. I am addicted to your adventure!
Posted by Joyce Sigler on November 20th, 2009 at 8:25 PM
Andrea here, in Madison, WI. I met Tara a few times through her college roommate and have been following along here since the beginning.
Posted by Andrea on November 20th, 2009 at 8:35 PM
Paul from Lakeville ,mn. I think I found you link on Minneapolis bike love eiter that or on facebook.I have been following your blog since the start and I love it.
Posted by Anonymous on November 20th, 2009 at 10:58 PM
Hi again from Karen Walker in Champaign. I've read every post and always look forward to new ones. Your photos are fantastic. Love all the animal shots (especially the cats).
Posted by kwalker on November 20th, 2009 at 10:58 PM
I stumbled across your blog not long after you began your journey. I enjoy reading books written by people doing trips like yours and this is brilliant because I can't rush through the book quickly - I have to wait for you to live the experience before I can read about it! The photos are brilliant, you both have skills in story-telling and I want a signed copy of the book when you write it!

Posted by YvetteDownunder on November 20th, 2009 at 11:21 PM
We were lying in bed. sunday morning. each on our own laptops. or perhaps she was in a book. That was when I found you. It was the post with the chronology of events leading up to the trip. I was won over after a few lines. No small feat. I would read the rest of the entry aloud to my honey (in character as a highly excitable play by play announcer)

Now she is in India for the year and we speak of you like you are our friends."What's going on back home.." "Did you hear Tyler's sick"..."oh, no"
Posted by brian and jenny on November 21st, 2009 at 12:09 AM
It's true, it's true. I'm continually impressed and tickled to read your stories and gape at your photos. I am also humbled by the regularity of your posting, as I cannot (despite Brian's consistent prodding) manage to do it more than once a week.

What Bri doesn't mention is our dream to bike around South Asia next year when I finish up here in Udaipur. Can't say how much I appreciate the tips, data, and indirect encouragement. Your blog is an absolute pleasure; 'nough said.
Posted by the jenny of jenny and brian on November 21st, 2009 at 1:05 AM
Mike N from NYC/BCO! I've been reading every day since you guys started the trip.
Posted by Mike Nouveau on November 21st, 2009 at 2:55 AM
I also found out about your journey through the news gazette and an email sent to the staff at uni about it. I've enjoyed reading it immensely. I teach at Uni, but am too new to have known Tara.
Posted by rachel on November 21st, 2009 at 5:11 AM
Hi Guys. Chris Nichols from Peterborough UK here.
Have been following you since I stumbled upon your site back in April after doing a google search for wild camping in Scotland. And there you were just a few days into your trip! Did say "hi" via comments when you were around "Coventry" and have been checking in on you daily to see how you have been geting on :)
Thank you for sharing this fascinating journey with us. I do love the stories, recipes, kit reviews, trials, tribulations, and news on the logistical issues which reflects the real "no frills" life on the road. I also love the personal moments you have shared, and the meetings with yor families and friends along the way.
With you all the way and wishing you safe passage always.
Posted by christhenix on November 21st, 2009 at 6:19 AM
Wow...Tyler's Mom here. I am feeling completely overwhelmed with joy and pride - to the point of tears! I am continually amazed so many people, from all around the world, are making Tyler & Tara's adventure a part of their day as much as their own families are.

I am so proud of you both. Your courage, determination, dedication, honesty and all important street smarts humble me!


To the many readers:
Please keep reading and sending your words of encouragement, love and support. It helps to keep mama smiling when the "I really miss them" pangs kick in. Thank you all!

Tyler's Mom
Posted by Jodi on November 21st, 2009 at 10:59 AM
Hi! Lynn here in Springfield, Missouri. Found you on Facebook through a biking friend! Love your blog. I've been biking my whole life, done some touring and travel all over. I hope to do what you are doing when I find the right person to go with me!! :) Love your blog!
Posted by Anonymous on November 21st, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Lovely Journal. loved the swiss tour pictures. keep it up! we're from the Philippines. hope you can do a bike tour here too. it's really a challenge! both positive and negative. haha God Bless!
Posted by Jv on November 21st, 2009 at 11:36 AM
Hi Tara 'n Tyler, We are Ingrid & Yves and hosted you while you were in France. I think you remember ... :-)Keep On trucking - sorry, wheeling! All the best for U2!
Posted by yvesthebiker on November 21st, 2009 at 1:39 PM
Hello, Andrea from Alberta, Canada here. I am an aspiring bike tourist, mostly riding around the rockies. Someday I hope to tour the UK and Europe. I have been following your blog since the day you arrived in Scotland and love reading about your adventures.Good luck with the rest of your trip!
Posted by Anonymous on November 21st, 2009 at 2:48 PM
Eric (1 of the many people following your adventures) here. Live in Geneva, Switzerland, but from Belgium and married to a lovely lady from the USA. Cyclist myself (sometimes on race bike, MTB, touring, tandem or shopping bike). Found you googling around for other's touring stories back in July. Very impressed with what you two are pulling off. I share your addiction to stealth camping, but stick to countries where I feel very welcome (as your friends Ingrid and Yves would). So not as adventurous as you. After catching up on your first months on the road, your stories have for me too become daily readings. And honestly, I get "upset" ;-) whenever you are not posting for a few days. That is how bad it is. Or maybe it is just because after having followed you for a couple of months now, I feel that you are 2 friends for whom I start to worry whenever there is no sign of life.
PS:Thumbs up to your parents and family. They are right to be proud of you.
Good travels,
Posted by Eric on November 21st, 2009 at 2:50 PM
Naomi-- friend of Tyler's from Minnesota. Your blog is my getaway until I can get away.
Posted by Naomi on November 21st, 2009 at 2:52 PM
Hey guys! I am road cyclist from Tuscola, Illinois (south of Champaign). You two are awesome! Your blog keeps my dreams alive!!
-take care,
Posted by livezeyponder on November 21st, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Clélie, here -- suite (sweet!) mate and friend of Tara's from college now in Lynchburg, VA, USA. I don't even remember where or when I heard about Tara embarking on this journey. I can ride a bike but I think I read mainly because I care about you guys and am vicariously traveling the world. I feel like something's missing when I haven't read going slowly or it's been a couple days since we've heard from you. I am always telling anyone who will listen about your trip and how wonderful you are. Warm fuzzies are coming your way from all over the world!
Posted by Clélie on November 21st, 2009 at 7:28 PM
Kelly here from Bishopville, Md. Love the blog! Found it on flickr looking at your excellent photography. Keep up the good work!
Posted by Kelly on November 21st, 2009 at 9:57 PM
Brooke & Paisley from Oakland, CA, USA

(Tara's brother Lian's partner, and our 60 lb pitbull asleep on my lap as I read your post most days)

Hi Tara & Tyler - We miss you two so much and are so proud of you! Inspired by the two of you, I bike around all the time now. And y'all are turning into professional photographers, so exciting to see!

Much love and take care of yourselves!

Posted by Brooke on November 22nd, 2009 at 1:41 PM
I've been following your trip from the beginning of the cycling, mostly everyday. I relish each entry from the personal stories of the day-to-day challenges and the inspiring tales of the world's blessings, to the beautiful introduction through words and photography to places I have (very occasionally) and haven't been, to even the logical, informative gear reviews-even though I'm no cyclist. I've known Tara since the first semester of college and enjoyed sharing exploits and adventures and dreams with her then, and now love being able to follow your travels from afar. Tyler: I look forward to meeting you in person.

~Julia Hood, Greensboro, NC/Alexandria, VA
Posted by Julia on November 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 PM
Hey this is Justin from the UK we have emailed a few times previously. I cant quite remember how I found your site but most likely searching for cycle touring as we plan our own trip for 2010.

Reading through all the other comments I agree 100% with them. Your blog is filled with a perfect mix of emotion, opinion and information. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Justin Hewitt on November 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 AM
I always read your blog when I get a quiet moment at work. I look forward to buying the book when you've finished!

Happy adventures

Gloucestershire, UK
Posted by senyahnoj on November 23rd, 2009 at 7:57 AM
From bco. Love your stories and photos!
Posted by Erin on November 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 AM
I love your blog, so pleased that you have reached warmer weather- very cheering to read about after cycling in the wind and rain here in England! We did John O'Groats to Lands End this summer, camping and wild camping over three weeks. I would love to do a long trip like yours, and we read with interest to see how you manage internet access and work while you travel- as this is what we will need to do.

Good luck with the rest of trip- I will be reading!

Buckinghamshire, UK
Posted by Sally on November 23rd, 2009 at 11:06 AM
Hi Guys,
Just a 1-2x a week bike commuter here, daydreaming about bike camping with my 2yr old son someday. Not sure what series of links led me here (s-240s, traveller's insurance, whatever), but started reading right around the time of Tyler's kidney stone.

I love the gear list and reviews, the homemade oven, pics, and cooking (need to fill out that page with simple travel recipes). Being Filipino, the Arnis tags were another plus.

Been catching up with some of the earlier countries, but I check in every couple days. Love that you post so frequently!

Wishing you the best of luck, good health, and safe travels!

San Francisco, CA
Posted by mel on November 23rd, 2009 at 1:49 PM
Tara and Tyler,

I know Tara from college and some scant European travels of our own (nowhere near as epic as your current one) and hope to meet Tyler someday (soon?).

It's been truly fantastic following you guys on the site. Like Clelie, I tell everyone about you guys, though I'm not nearly as diligent as our dear Julia.

The photos are inspiring. While reading I always have these reality check moments to remind myself that this is your life. How unbelievable is that?

Erik and I brag on you to everyone. My only regret is that you are not actually a drive-able distance for me to visit. Someday soon, though hopefully not too soon as to rush you both.

Be careful in the Middle East (you know us political types - scared of international incidents - though how cool would it be if President Clinton had to swoop in to save you both?) and when you get back, be prepared to make a bike trip up my way. New Hampshire is lovely, tent living weather, though I'd let you guys come inside too.

I've gone on too long. Miss you a lot.


Posted by Anonymous on November 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 PM
Hey guys, its your sister Amanda and Paul. You both know well that we wait eagerly for each posting and go through a bit of withdrawl when there hasn't been anything for a few days. So glad you are on the adventure of a lifetime, you will have many memories to share with your little niece or nephew upon your return! Stay safe and happy journeying! We miss you!
Posted by Amanda on November 23rd, 2009 at 5:15 PM
Hey guys,
I came across your site while planning my own trip for next year. I'm riding from Rome to London (via the Swiss Alps) and planning to do a lot of stealth camping. I've found your journal to be informative, entertaining and inspiring!
Keep up the great work!
Posted by Jon on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:22 PM
OH, and I'm from Brisbane Australia... feel free to contact me if you want any local info/assistance (or whatever else) when you come through (if you plan to come here on any future trips).
Posted by Jon on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:24 PM
Hey guys my name is Mark and I live in Austin, TX. A friend pointed out your blog to me when you were still in the UK and I've been reading ever since. I have to admit I'm totally jealous of your journey. I'm very stationary due to job and family and I'm afraid my days of touring other countries on a bicycle are behind me, but hopefully not. And might I add that y'all take AMAZING photos that put your trip into context for me. I also must add that I feel like I know you by now... and that can benefit you in the future if you need xtra funds to continue your trek I would gladly paypal some $ to help. Be careful and good luck!
Posted by Mark on November 24th, 2009 at 10:55 AM
Emma from New Zealand (via London) - Justin (up there somewhere in the melee) forwarded the link to your website one day and we jokingly wondered if you might want to trade your nomad lifes for ours in London so we could start our adventure a year early. I admire your dedication to putting something down every day!
Posted by Emma on November 24th, 2009 at 4:08 PM
Tara and Tyler,
Fritz and I just wanted to say hello and let you know that we're enjoying your travels. We're back in Kent ,Ohio ,working at the hospital and fighting off colds Or maybe H1N1. We are not surprised at all the people following your adventure. It's much more interesing then watching TV. I got a new bike for my sixtieth birthday. Nothing like a new
bike. The only other gift that can match it is a new kitten. But they take a lot more care and we already two. Keep safe,that's the Grandmother in me.
Posted by kentmarket on November 24th, 2009 at 5:03 PM
Hi Tara and Tyler,
David here from Birmingham, England. Been following your adventures since you travelled through England. I found you while researching my and my better halfs first cycle tour by tandem. A mini tour by your standards but still felt massive for us :-) I love catching up on your adventures and love the pictures, I'm sure I'm addicted! You might have to start a support group for all your addicts - how about TTA Tara and Tyler Anon :-)
Posted by Anonymous on November 24th, 2009 at 5:22 PM
Hey Tyler and Tara, Tylers aunt Stacey in Hoffman Minnesota. Here I thought it was strange how often I was checking the site,(almost daily) but I see I'm not the only one addicted to your adventure! I really look forward to seeing where your at and looking at all your wonderful pictures..I can't imagine the dedication it takes to keep this up! Stay safe....
Posted by Anonymous on November 25th, 2009 at 12:52 PM
I'm Jean from Champaign and read about your adventure in the News-Gazette. I have been checking your blog periodically to find out where you are and am thoroughly impressed with your site and your commitment to document your trip. Having collaborated on a blog for only a month-long trip (by sportscar, not bicycle)and being a recreational bicyclist who has only rode 50 miles at the most in one day, I can't imagine how you muster the energy after a full day of activity to write your excellent, detailed entries. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes!
Posted by Anonymous on November 26th, 2009 at 11:36 PM
Greetings and Best Wishes from Bunker Hill, in Illinois. We are having a "party" today, and wish you could be with us. Love, Grandma Jeanne
Posted by Anonymous on November 28th, 2009 at 9:45 AM
Greetings from Richmond, CA. My name is Scott, and I'm a 52 year old former bicycle racer who is building up a touring bike, has recently taken up bicycle commuting, and is currently building up the courage (and equipment list) to try my hand at an unsupported tour. I came across your blog while doing research, and it's now the first one I read every day. I truly appreciate the way you've allowed me to vicariously tag along with you. Thanks for sharing and be safe!
Posted by EthicalDilemma on November 28th, 2009 at 3:02 PM
Heard about your trip from Marcus and Julie at Chateaulin.

Thank you for sharing and take care, Nick
Posted by Nick on November 29th, 2009 at 11:24 AM
Hey y'all,

Adam here from Omaha, Nebraska. I check in every month or so to catch up with your adventures, and have done so since the beginning of your trip (via bco; my username over there is macfly). Thanks for sharing your incredible and inspiring adventures. My favorite entries are ones that include any photos or stories of fruit foraging!
Posted by loess on November 29th, 2009 at 4:29 PM
Another C/U News-Gazette reader here, I've been following the rss feed since that story came out. It's really great and I wish you the best of luck. I don't travel much these days (only so-so health, among other things), but your blog makes me want to...
Posted by JimOfTheCorn on November 30th, 2009 at 12:56 PM
It's Frances in Urbana, Illinois. I'm Tara's high school librarian and a family friend. Your photos make me swoon!
Posted by franceylibrarian on December 9th, 2009 at 4:35 PM
hi, you guys -

still reading six months later. been absent a while but can't wait to catch up with you over the holidays. I am so thankful for the example of your determination of spirit and intrepidity (ness?) in a world (here) dominated by fear. You go!!

Posted by Green Jobs on December 18th, 2009 at 6:40 PM
Wow, great trip. I discovered you guys from your link on and stopped by to read along with you. I've barely scratched the surface here, but have bookmarked your site and will be back to read more. Thanks for sharing - I can't wait to read about your Russian experiences.

danbrew :)
Posted by danbrew on January 15th, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Boston, MA here - spent the last few days killing time reading from the beginning of your journal. Been a good distraction, the weather has been rough :)

One question I had, although perhaps I missed the answer somewhere - how comfortable were the both of you on bicycles before this trip? You both bought new bicycles and talked about riding at least 10 miles a day, but how capable did you both really feel?
Posted by Sam on February 12th, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I've been riding and tinkering with motorcycles and bicycles since I was a little kid. I was and am 100% in my comfort zone about any kind of riding.

Tara, on the other hand, only had experience on beach cruisers. She didn't even really like bicycles before we left!

We joke about it now, but when we left the airport in Glasgow, she'd never ridden her bike fully loaded! She decided to add front panniers at the last minute and since there were several feet of snow on the ground at home, no test rides were in order.

Suffice to say, she was way outside of her comfort zone when we started. There have been lots of little spills along the way but she is an excellent rider now!

PS: thank you so much for saying hello! if you have any other questions you can use our contact page if you like :)
Posted by Tyler on February 12th, 2010 at 3:26 PM
I've been buying Shaklee products for years from Tara's parents. Found out about your journey from the News Gazette article and a Shaklee newsletter. Love your website!
Posted by Eileen on February 24th, 2010 at 11:56 AM
Jackie here, a Canadian currently living in Montreal Canada. I originally came across your site from the Travelling Two website, and not long after became hooked and started reading it all from the beginning.

I log into your site at 9am and log off at 5pm (currently working a temp job - clearly they aren't keeping me busy enough!)

So I spend my day catching up on your adventures, dreaming of my own, and trying to follow along with where you currently are.

I love your photos - I have a DSLR but never took the time to properly learn how to use it, but you two have inspired me to start taking photos completely on manual mode to finally learn it.

I also am really inspired by Tara's determination at keeping food fun and interesting while on the road. Especially baking pies, cookies, and so many things many people are too lazy to make even in their full size luxury kitchens!

As well - thanks for making posts specifically about your gear. It is quite a daunting experience deciding what to purchase for extensive trips!

Thanks for sharing and allowing all of us to live vicariously through your journeys!
Posted by Jackie on March 19th, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Hi, Gabby here, an Australian currently living in Ireland. Just discovered your page while researching the possibilities of cycling home (to Oz) next year...

Great stuff !
Posted by GabbyM on March 21st, 2010 at 3:32 PM
Hi guys! I started reading at the beginning just a couple days ago. Your writing is a big inspiration - I'm also a freelance web developer with dreams of loooong tours by either bike or motorcycle, and it's great to hear you're able to make enough time and find enough access to continue to keep clients happy. I'm sure I'll comment again in a few days when I get caught up! :)
Posted by Greg on March 25th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Hi Guys! I found you randomly one day a few months ago while browsing Flickr. Since then I follow regularly, very jealous of your trip. I'm living now in Simi Valley, California. I enjoy cycling and photography, though the furthest I've traveled by bike is a 9 day ride down the pacific coast. Thanks for making the effort to share your stories and photos. I do enjoy them.
Posted by Jeff on April 6th, 2010 at 2:04 AM
Hi! I found a link to your blog on my friend Sarah's "Seattle Farmette and Baby" blog. I was curious one day about what "Going Slowly" could be about, and clicked over; now I'm hooked. I've been reading the posts in order, so I've got a ways to go before I'm current, but I'll get there soon! I live in Seattle, WA.
Posted by Kate on April 25th, 2010 at 12:51 AM
Fi from Melbourne, Australia. I came across your blog when looking up bike touring stuff then re-found it via the Rider's Collective. I have been catching up on your adventures from the beginning. You are both very inspiring, your stories are interesting and informative and you have hearts of gold!
Stay safe and well.
Posted by Fi on May 14th, 2010 at 9:47 PM
Hello! I'm an international student at the University of Minnesota from Malaysia. Currently I enjoy riding my road bike on Twin Cities' excellent bike paths, but your blog has inspired me to someday venture far and wide. I am thrilled you guys will ride all the way to KL! I'll make sure you have the best food and a place to stay once you reach Malaysia. - Adam
Posted by Eokboy on May 16th, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Hello. My name is Al and I am an attorney is the San Francisco Bay Area. I found you through the "Traveling Two" web site. I love your journal, I have now read every entry, you are both great writers and I love all the photos. You have inspired me to do something similar when I retire. Have fun and stay safe.
Posted by Allen on May 20th, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Hey guys, stumbled upon your fantastic website while researching as many as I could before embarking on my own 1st bike tour (starting this week, as soon as my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent arrives in the mail!).

I begin in Chamonix, French Alps and will be Island-Hopping in the Med as far as Greece then deciding from there what to do next...

Keep up the great work!


Perth, Western Australia
Posted by Clive on June 23rd, 2010 at 3:37 PM
Ashley here, from Philadelphia.
Started reading your journal after seeing it lurking on bco. I just started reading your posts regularly recently and have been keeping up with all your new posts. If I ever have the time I will read through the whole history. Your trip is amazingly inspiring as I am a cyclist, and a developer myself. I hope to one day get away from working a 9-5 and hope I can make a trip as grand as yours.
Posted by Ashley on June 30th, 2010 at 5:26 AM
I am married to Emily Mann, who knows Tara from Guilford. We are in China teaching right now and she told me how much she enjoyed your blog and recommended it. I have been sick this weekend and started reading through from the beginning and can't tell you how much fun it has been. Will keep reading and adding comments if you want them. Thanks for letting others live vicariously through your adventures.
Posted by Jeremy on January 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Hey guys! I stumbled across this doing some web surfing on cameras/pics and landed in one of your posts in 2010. I started reading your blog from the beginning a couple of weeks ago. What I have seen so far makes me truly thankful I ran across this. What you guys are doing; living EVERY day is not only remarkable, it's extraordinarily generous to share with others. Thank you!
Posted by Jessica on February 10th, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Greetings from Champaign! I've been staying up WAY too late for the last couple of weeks reading every entry prior to this page, trying to absorb the beautiful photos and fascinating entries. I found out about your site from a homeschooling group post - I do hope that I'll be able to finish reading about your entire trip before you have your presentation at the library here. Glad you're back safe and sound!
Posted by Alice on May 16th, 2011 at 3:19 AM
Greetings from Colorado. Started reading your journal a couple weeks ago (I know...where have I been?) and can't stop. Thank-you so much for sharing your travels/adventures!!
Posted by CJ on June 21st, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Urbana, IL checking in. A bit late. I didn’t know of your journey until after it was over and you spoke at the Champaign Public Library. I was one of the anonymous faces in the crowd, enthralled by your presentation. What an adventure. Your blog is fabulous and I’ll read it to the end. As the years pass, your odyssey will become even more meaningful. I highly recommend the poem “Ithaka” by Cavafy. In translation from the Greek, it begins:

“When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge…..”

Travel well. Be well. Wherever you are.... and thanks for sharing.
Posted by Anonymous on August 14th, 2011 at 2:04 PM
Jennifer from South Bend, Indiana. Linked to your site from after hosting the writer of that blog and his sister.
Love reading about your adventures, but especially enjoying the spectacular photography.
Posted by Jennifer on August 14th, 2011 at 10:17 PM
I'm in St. Louis and just wanted to add my name to the long list of comments. I think I found your blog via a mention on the Traveling Twos podcast though I honestly don't remember now.

Thanks for all the work you put into the site. It makes for a great read while desk-bound and (supposedly) working!
Posted by Bob on September 9th, 2011 at 10:57 AM
Hi Tyler and Tara,
I am from Quebec, Canada. My husband is following you since a year ago. I bought and Ipad a month ago and started reading your blog from the beginning. My husband is up to date on your blog and he is telling me about your life now...My english is not very good so I keep the dictionnary open. I love the way you write (both of you). Just the right amount of details and emotions. We've been cycle touring during our vacation for many years and we hope to be on a longer trip in a few years when our children will finish studying. Thank you so much for such commitment in your writing.
Posted by Andree Fournier on September 16th, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Hi Tara & Tyrer. I live in Merseyside England & came across your blog a couple of weeks ago. I am loving reading it - just a few pages every night & the photos really show the area you are in. It will probably take me a while yet to get to the end. I really am jealous of your journey. I'm very much an Armchair adventurer though :(. I'm getting a bit too old to think of doing anything like this now. Plus the knees are going !!.
Cant wait to read the rest of your travels
Posted by Lynne Phelan on December 13th, 2011 at 5:57 PM
Hi Tara and Tyler! well it is not quite 2020 but will 2012 do? I found your website through the blog of friends of a friend who are going round the world without flying. I initially started on the Russia section having been there and loved it but then couldn't go any further without reading everything from the start. It's a lovely escape from my office job on my lunch breaks! Poppy in Liverpool, England
Posted by Poppy on January 4th, 2012 at 8:36 AM
Hey everyone--we just wanted to say thank you and hello from 2012. We really appreciate your notes :D

Wow, it's hard to believe we posted this over two years ago!
Posted by Going Slowly on January 4th, 2012 at 10:10 AM
You said even if it was 2020, so here goes. It is Monday, April 9, 2012. My name is Gayle and I live and work in Seattle. I think I found your blog linked to or mentioned in one of 3 other blogs, though I can't remeber which one. I'm guessing either TwoBlindToRide, FamilyonBikes or Shirley and Yannick's Transcontinental Triathalon. If you are familiar with any of those blogs you can probably guess that I am something of a long-distance cycling adventure junkie! I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've read of your blog so far and was disappointed when I peeked ahead of myself and discovered you have left Seattle. I had thought it might be fun to try connecting in person. I do appreciate that you have continued to document your experiences even now that you are off the road and have moved on to other phases of your lives. Thanks! I often find it disappointing when the "adventure" is over and the bloggers leave you hanging about their lives once the adventure has ended.
Posted by Gayle on April 9th, 2012 at 7:53 PM
i'm getting inspired to do a bit of a tour myself. the two of you are quite contagious with your energy and perseverance.

thanks for sharing you experiences,
(from new albany, indiana)
Posted by kevin on June 17th, 2012 at 2:39 AM
Reading page by page from the first and loving it all !!

off for my first tour later this year ! loving the gear reviews and the Photos !!!

Not so sunny Burton on Trent (near derby in the UK :-))
Posted by Matt Bradley on June 19th, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Hi Tyler and Tara. My brother and me are currently getting more and more enthousiastic about the idea of going on a few weeks long cycletrip, hence I was looking on the internet for information and experiences.
After reading randomly several post I decided to start from the beginning, ending up here.
I admire the way you are keeping this blog and i think your whole journey is really inspiring! Thank you for sharing!
Greetings from Almere, The Netherlands
Posted by Pieter on August 7th, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Greetings from Finland! I wish I'd have found this blog years ago, I would've followed it daily then. I'm reading now some 20-30 posts per evening instead.

I googled for blogs like this a while ago as I'd really, really like to do something similar. Unfortunately that is more or less impossible in my current situation - three kids make world tours quite difficult. But maybe in 10 years when they start to be adults? I'll be 50 then, but I refuse to be to old to jump on a bike and hit the road on it ;) I'm also reading another blog, Tony Mangan's world jog site at - the guy is over 50 and he's running around the world, marathon a day.

I don't know if you've completed the trip already, or if you're still cycling somewhere. I haven't wanted to spoil the story by jumping forward. If you're still on the road, I wish you best of luck for the remaining trip. If you've done your world tour, congratulations! Quite an achievement!

Posted by Tapio Keihänen on September 25th, 2012 at 3:21 PM
Hello! I am thinking about riding around Asia. While searching on the web I found you blog. You got great pics and great content. You have put lot of effort on this blog and I really appreciate it. Many thanks. Good luck with you new home.
Posted by Marta on October 9th, 2012 at 6:59 PM
Hello everyone,

Just posting to say thanks again for all of your notes--it's so cool to know that people are still reading and enjoying our story!
Posted by Tyler & Tara on October 12th, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Hi From San Francisco, CA. It's almost 2013 now I've read your blog from start to finish several times now, your writing is great and that you managed to write every day is incredible :) Update more often I miss it :D
Posted by Chelsea on December 15th, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Hey T & T,
I just comment 2 days ago and didn't know I'd arrive to this post so soon!
My wife told me about this when she was sprinting your posts 1 and a half year ago and comment on the 16 of september 2011 (Andrée) and she was totally addict and read VERY late in the night on her ipad! Myself, I'm trying to go trough from the beginning since I caught you near the end, Laos or around, if I remember, because I remember that I just loved the sound of the music during an evening outside that you posted back then!
So I have to let you since I have some more reading to do if I want to finish before the end of our fierce winter back here in Québec, because after that will be back on our touring bikes, we always find it hard to let them for all these winter months (until mid-march usually).
Always fun to have some updates, just can't wait to follow your new life in Vermont. If one day you find some time to take a break and decide to come visit the french part of Canada, you'll be more than welcome here, btw we are also Warmshower hosts, and I'm sure by what I've read by now that you would really like the 'Vieux Québec' and it's european charm! So if you ever come around, let us know!
Keep up the good work!
Posted by David on January 5th, 2013 at 4:27 PM
I am Halim from Tunisia ^_^ I was loiking for cycling in Tunisia and hey I went through your website..Great adventure...Cycling is what I like most...I am used to MTB...
4 years now after your travel here in Tunisia...I read you liked many things and hated many others here :D... I think the good and the bad things happen to everyone and that they afterall make good memories...
I really like your adventure, it takes courage and patience to do it and you guys got it all...
Posted by Halim on January 11th, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I already commented how much i'm enjoying this journal via the contact page but i still want to leave a message here, thanking you for the great story you share in this site.

Posted by Daniel on January 22nd, 2013 at 1:07 AM
Chelsea - Hi Chelsea, thanks for the sweet note! More updates coming soon, I promise. Love your blog name, by the way-- hilarious and oh so true. :-)

David - Thank you so much for your offer to host us! We may just take you up on that, as we'd both love to visit Québec. Le Vieux Québec sounds like it would be right up our alley.

Halim - Assalama! Thank you for your taking the time to say hello. We have so many wonderful memories of Tunisia, and some very challenging ones as well. You're right-- we all have good experiences and bad ones, and they all make for great stories. :-) Happy cycling, and eat some harissa for us!

Daniel - We're so glad you're enjoying our journal. Thanks, too, for the email and bug report-- we'll get back to you soon!
Posted by Tara on January 22nd, 2013 at 7:13 PM
I just want to say how much I enjoy reading through EVERY day of your entire trip. I live in Champaign (where you're from I believe?) and first discovered your website through a brief article in the local paper (The News Gazette). I think I randomly started reading about your adventures in Mongolia, and read every post of the trip until you got back home to IL. Now Im starting at the beginning of your trip and reading the entries, and am now to this point in your adventure in Tunisia in Nov of '09. I love the pictures you guys have taken and feel I've learned a TON about so many different countries. I find it so de-stressing to read your entries of your world trip. Thanks for all your time an effort you guys put in to this journal. It has litterally provided me hours and hours of entertainment. - Kirk :)
Posted by Kirk Wright on February 19th, 2013 at 5:32 PM
Aw thanks, Kirk! It really means a lot to hear that you're enjoying our journey so much. One of these days, Tyler and I need to go back and read our journal from the beginning, but it seems there's always something new to write about! Thanks for taking the time to say hello from Champaign! (and yes, that's where I'm from!)
Posted by Tara on February 21st, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Hello, this is Liz from Eugene, Oregon. I'm a bike commuter and urban homesteader. A couple of friends, Kirby & Rebecca, are about to head out on their own round the world bike trip and they posted a link to your blog. I've spent a good part of this weekend jumping around through your documented years of adventures, living the traveling lifestyle vicariously through your entries! Thanks for the writing, it's excellent.

Posted by Liz on February 24th, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Thanks Liz, it's great to hear that you're enjoying our site! Happy pedaling and homesteading!
Posted by Tara on February 26th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Hi Tara and Tyler,

What a fantastic blog you've put together! I found it via a few other blogs - coldantlerfarm and the forums on Mr. Money Mustache. I'm about to embark on a year-long camping trip (via car, not bike) around the US with my son and toddler and have been reading through your blog voraciously as I prepare for our own adventures. It's really inspired me to put more effort into documenting our travels - and I thank you for that. I look forward to continuing to read about your adventures. Thanks for sharing so much of your journey.

Posted by Stacey on February 26th, 2013 at 7:42 PM
Found your site a month ago, while looking for info on cycling in Italy. My son is headed there next week. I got hooked on your journal, it has been extremely enjoyable and enlightening. I am a rancher in northern California.
Posted by Suki on February 27th, 2013 at 9:53 PM
I've become addicted to your blog, reached via coldantlerfarm blog. Your journey is fascinating to this retired teacher with wanderlust. Very interesting to see the sharp contrasts between each country you visit (I'm now in Tunisia with you in 2009, even though it is 2013!). Keep up the good work, now on your land in VT.
Posted by kanecamp on March 13th, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Hey guys. I'm a morning show weather man on the Fox station in Portland, OR. I've been a bike lover for years. For the past 2 years I've made the 16 mile round trip into work. All weather types, plenty of rain riding. I've been reading you blog and sharing the highlights with lots of friends. My wife thinks I may have a problem;-). I just got a Surly Long Haul Disk and I'm ready to start (slowly) with some touring. Thanks for your entertainment and great info. If you want to "see me" you can watch our show online from 4:30-9:00 am M-F at
Posted by Andy Carson on March 25th, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Andy, we just watched you online-- nice cycling forecast! :D If you have any questions as you get started touring, just let us know. We're so glad you've been enjoying our site!
Posted by Tara on March 25th, 2013 at 7:52 AM
Really enjoying your blog, since i'm reading it several years on I've been reading at a much faster pace than you actually travelled. My name is Brittany and I'm from New Zealand. I found this website through Google and was especially attracted by the great layout and detailed background information. Hoping to start some shorter trips round NZ soon.
Posted by Brittany on April 6th, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Brittany - Welcome to our website! We're so glad you're enjoying it. New Zealand is very high on our list of places we'd love to travel-- enjoy cycle touring in such a gorgeous place for us!
Posted by Tara on April 8th, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Hi Tara and Tyler!
I came across your blog a few days ago after googling "Driving across Siberia" and have been glued to the screen for hours daily since then catching up on your adventures. Wow, what a ride! Thank you so much for documenting so thoroughly. The photos and sound clips really add an extra element that makes it feel like I am right there with you all!

Best of luck with everything!

Kathryn from Saskatchewan, Canada.
Posted by Kathryn on May 9th, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Discovered your blog a few weeks ago, jumped around reading a little here and there, then decided to start reading from the beginning. I bet people will still be commenting here come 2020.

My partner and I are starting our U.S. cross-country bike tour in only two weeks! We'll be blogging along the way as well.
Posted by Crystal on May 9th, 2013 at 8:06 PM
Kathryn - Welcome! Thanks so much for the kind words about our site!

Crystal - How exciting about your cross-country adventure! If you have any questions or decide to come through Vermont, just let us know. :-)
Posted by Tara on May 10th, 2013 at 7:16 AM
I have completely enjoyed "living" through your posts, cycling journals/blogs are a great source of enjoyment for me. I am reading your trip around the world and your 2013 adventure as you live it. I dream of an off grid or at least a tiny (carbon & square foot) place after I retire. I fully recognize the work it takes to put this all together and keep it going/current. Thanks very much for all your transparency and effort. Fredericksburg, VA
Posted by Rich Chandler on June 8th, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I have spent the last 1 1/2 weeks of my summer vacation reading your site. In that time I have come to "know" you and my heart breaks with your bad days/illnesses. I laugh at myself knowing this all happened nearly 4 years ago and you are perfectly fine building a home (though I haven't jumped ahead to read) the mom in me reaches out to you. I sit here in PA hoping to retire to the road living vicariously through those already doing it. Enjoy your life. Be well and most of all thank you for taking the time to journal for us.
Douglassville PA
Posted by Dina on August 18th, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Rich - Thanks for your kind comment. Yep, maintaining this site is a boatload of work, but it's totally worth it in the end, I think. ;-) Good luck with that off-grid cottage!

Dina - Aw, you're such a sweetheart-- your "mom-ness" makes me feel good, and well looked after . ;-) I can't wait to hear about your retirement on-the-road adventure!
Posted by Tara on August 22nd, 2013 at 3:34 PM
My husband Kevin turned me on to your site as he's so interested in homesteading and found your blog. I promptly turned to the beginning and am reading my way through; we're in kind of a race. Regular conversation features, "Have you gotten to the part where..." It's lovely to read the similarities and your ways of getting through adversity together, and the strength and support you lend each other. I am most impressed at the way you enmesh your dreams and goals for the future! Looking forward to reading on...
Posted by Joy O'Brien on August 31st, 2013 at 3:04 PM
found your story online, love every entry. It's all I can do not to jump ahead, but I will refrain. My husband giggles at me when I talk about Tyler and Tara, as if we are long lost friends! Thank you for sharing your journey. Someday I hope to do the same, and your story has inspired me to follow my dream.
Posted by Sarah Nofziger on September 15th, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Joy - Your husband must be the Kevin O'Brien that is enthusiastic about my cookbook! I'm so glad he turned you on to our site, and that you're loving it. :D Thanks for taking the time to tell us so! Are you caught up yet?

Sarah - Thanks for taking the time to comment! I'm so glad you love our journal, and it makes me so happy to hear that we've inspired you to follow your dreams. Go, Sarah, go!
Posted by Tara on October 1st, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Hi Tara and Tyler,
discovered your blog through another cycling blog My Five Acres and have started reading from the beginning. I cycle toured myself through Europe/Ireland/UK for about 6 months over 20 years ago and can really relate to all those mixed emotions. I love the cooking you do!
I'm a bit of a DIYer and into sustainable living so i'm looking forward to following the homesteading voyage as well.
Posted by Naomi on October 28th, 2013 at 7:29 PM
Hi Naomi! It's so nice to hear that you're following along with our adventures and getting a chance to reminisce about your own journey. We've been enjoying reading all of your comments. :-)

If you love the cooking we do, you will love my cookbook! Check out

Happy travels and DIYing!
Posted by Tara on October 31st, 2013 at 8:58 AM
my partner and I found your blog while researching a trip around the US that we are planning. The blog is so great, beautiful, and informative. I've really enjoyed reading it, being all the way back here in 2009, I feel like I'll never make it to present day, but whats the rush?
Thanks so much for taking time to write this down for all of us to enjoy!
Lilarose (in Boston)
Posted by Lilarose on November 26th, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Thanks so much, Lilarose! Keep going slowly-- you'll get there eventually. ;-)
Posted by Tara on November 30th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
Hello from the Evergreen State! I have been reading your blog from the beginning, non-stop since Sunday (12/1). I'm trying to convince my husband to take on an adventure like this. He is hesitant, but I think curious... we'll see if he warms up to the idea. :) Thank you for sharing your adventures!!
Posted by Rachel on December 3rd, 2013 at 9:51 PM
I'm in missouri and I'm reading your blog from the beginning...very interesting!
I'm not exactly sure how I found you...but probably from a homesteading blog that you commented on or something.
Your pictures are awesome.
Posted by Lesley on December 4th, 2013 at 7:44 PM
I'm part of a group calle and somebody posted about your cookbook. The site hooked me since I have done small tours in Brazil, Paraguay, Portugal, Czech Republic, Austria and the US. My dream is to do a 'round the worlder with my wife. My wife is from Brazil and I am from Puerto Rico, currently in North Carolina but moving back to Brazil at the end of November of this year. Feel like I know you and hope to get to meet you someday.
Posted by Ben & Jenny Reyes on February 23rd, 2014 at 8:38 PM
Hello and thank you for the great journal. I am in Wisconsin and came across your site while starting to plan for my own world bike tour (still a few years down the road). I've really enjoyed following you guys and picking up little tips here and there about things that would never cross my mind. I'll probably be in touch in the future to hit you guys up for some more information. Until then.... :)
Posted by Sean on March 18th, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Hi! I want to thank you for helping me understand how an adventure of this magnitude is possible. My son and his girlfriend set out on their first bicycle tour this July and I have been feeling extremely anxious. The fear of the unknown was taking a toll on me. I asked him "has this ever been done before"? He laughed and proceeding to send me several links. Going Slowly was the one that caught my eye and I have been reading your daily journals for about a week. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You two are AMAZING!!
Posted by Gemma on March 18th, 2014 at 6:31 PM
My wife found your site while researching our own upcoming trip and forwarded it to me. I must say that it is probably the best written journal I have read about bicycle touring. Your style of writing is very readable and I really like hearing about the emotions of your trip. Kind of wish it wasn't so good ... I have other stuff I should be doing!
Posted by Al Lens on April 15th, 2014 at 2:49 PM
Hi Tyler and Tara! We are Sarah and Scott from WanderWheels. Not sure how we found you but we LOVED following along in your travels as we planned our own bicycle adventure. You were our daily escape from the office, as we dreamed of being anywhere else but there. Thank you for inviting the world to share in your adventure.
-Sarah & Scott
Currently riding from Texas to Tierra del Fuego
Posted by Sarah & Scott on June 24th, 2014 at 2:37 PM
Hi guys, just wanted to let you know I love your blog and check in everyday to look for new posts. Good luck with rest of your home building.
Posted by Ted on June 24th, 2014 at 6:46 PM
I've been lurking for about a year now. Got here from Cold Antler Farm. Live in Michigan, wish I were closer so I could see your place in person!
Posted by Janet on June 25th, 2014 at 6:33 AM
Found your blog through Jenna and was reading about your current house building adventures. All the mentions of the bike tour made me have to start reading from the beginning. I'm having a blast! Looking forward to reading the rest of this past adventure and watching your current one unfold.
Posted by Rene on July 1st, 2014 at 12:59 AM
I bought your cookbook last winter as a Valentines day present. Have been following your website since. We love your cookbook and used recipes several times on our last bike tour through the Olympic Pennisula in Washington State.
Posted by Mike J on July 17th, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Been binging on your posts as of late. That's one advantage of being 5 years behind in my reading!!

I'm a commuter cyclist with dreams of one day touring and am enjoying living vicariously through your tour.

Love the blog and especially the great photos.

Looking forward to the journey over the next several months of reading up to the present.

Posted by Kurt J on August 23rd, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Paul from Calgary, Canada. This is my second time readying through your adventure from the beginning, the first time was a few years ago.
Posted by Paul on September 15th, 2014 at 2:33 PM
Kaitlyn from Cairns, Australia. Recently found you blog (linked from your cookbook I believe) and have been reading from the start. This is an absolutely fantastic record of your travels, and incredibly inspiring.

I have always dreamed of travelling to remote places and seeing a lot more than the tourist spots, I but I had never realised that it was possible on a bike (or maybe it just never appealed to me until I started to ride to work and uni). It's hard to convince myself to finish university when I read your diary... I'm certain I want to do a similar trip in a few years. I'll just have to live it through your words for now.

You two are an absolute inspiration. You didn't start of rich, fit, or knowing what you're in for... you just get through it and adapt. It's hard, but hey, it always get better right ;)
Posted by Kaitlyn on October 29th, 2014 at 5:40 AM
Im Dana from Kamloops, British Columbia. I was doing some searches about Siberia and backpacking around the world when I stumbed here now Im hooked!

I follow and read travel blogs/websites passionately and I can say, hands down, this is my favourite. The design, the layout, and your writing is top notch. Ive learned so much already to incorporate into my own travels... including going by bike. I look forward to catching up to your current homesteading adventure (something Im also starting)

Posted by Dana on November 10th, 2014 at 3:01 AM
Man oh man, I have been so enthralled with your 2009/10/11 travels these last few weeks. I should be in bed now as I'm rising in the wee hours, but as I told a fellow biker yesterday about your blog "It's probably the most inspiring thing I've ever read."
The biggest takeaway for me is not to be scared of living juicy. Talk is great but there is so much Good Food (read: Soul munchies) in following a plan, even a scary one, just a little bit more day by day. Thank you mucho you guys.
Grateful to have "met" you
Posted by Stephanie on November 20th, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Yep yep, forgot about location...
Transplanted midwesterner in Port Angeles, WA. I found youz when I was looking up stories of other folks who've biked around the world.
Posted by Stephanie on November 20th, 2014 at 1:03 AM
From the website 'Top 50 Cycling Blogs' - I live in the Lake District no m,ore than 15 miles from your 1st wild camp- started reading about your adventure and can't stop reading it lol- Looking forward to reading it all.
An inspiration to show anyone can get bike fit, given the time.
Posted by Tony Ryecroft on December 23rd, 2014 at 3:32 PM
Igor and Mariana, from Salvador, Brazil!

What an amazing history! I wish this was a book - would certainly buy it. We found you guys while poking around Manjula's Martin the-precariats-guide-to-biking-across-europe.

We really wish you guys the best!

Posted by Igor on February 22nd, 2015 at 10:10 AM

You know who we are! AND WE CAN WAIT TO GO!!!

A&C From Québec, with love!
Posted by Anaïs & Carl on February 24th, 2015 at 7:25 PM
Enjoying reading the unfolding tale of your travels, and taking notes wherever you've solved a problem I've had. (Not so much with the bike touring, though, never done that on a pedal bike, but with camping and negotiating strange spaces.)

Hope all is well in your new projects! Now I must read some more.
Posted by pericat on June 4th, 2015 at 3:08 PM
Wow, I feel like I've been part of your amazing trip (6 years later... and without sore quads...) with reading the majority of your posts! What an adventure! I just googled world cycling trip blog on google and came across this. I'm sure this is proof that it'll continue to inspire people for years to come! Thanks for sharing T&T (do people ever call you that? :p )

Cheers from Vancouver, Canada!
Posted by Zev on December 30th, 2015 at 12:31 AM
Your blog has given me a great mental picture of how bike touring works. By far the best blog I have come across. I have been recommending it to some of my friends. My husband and I are going on an overnight free-camping adventure for our 22nd anniversary next weekend. Getting a shopping list ready using your fantastic cookbook. I have tried a handful of recipies already and they have all turned out great! We always eat the whole thing!
Our location: originally from Sequoia National Park in central California, we are currently living in southern India and teaching math and language arts at an international school from which our youngest son will graduate next year. After that, we are planning on taking a gap year and following a somewhat similar course to what you guys have done.
Thanks again!
Posted by Heidi Sager on January 23rd, 2016 at 12:33 AM
I'm reading this from Canmore (Rocky Mountains) in Canada - been following your blog for almost 5 years now. Initially to check out what gear you chose for your bike trip (loved your complete skin out list!) but lately really enjoying your homestead blogging. Going back through to read sections of your bike trip between homestead updates and it gives me a hankering for adventure!
Posted by Jeanine on February 27th, 2016 at 6:13 AM
2016! From Weaverville, NC. I think I found you guys thru Jenna a couple of years ago, but hadn't delved into your travel journal til about a week ago. I'm hooked, inspired, and blown away!
Posted by Melanie J. on May 14th, 2016 at 12:39 PM
Recently came across your blog while preparing for 10 months of travel with my husband and two kids. We're starting with a 2 1/2 month bike tour from Vienna to Dinan, France. Your blog is addictive! I'm loving reading your posts, especially getting a feel for the rhythm of a long bike tour. Thank you for sharing your adventure!
Posted by Vara on June 24th, 2016 at 7:17 PM
Hi, I'm in Northern Ontario, Canada, and I found your blog after buying my first bike in years (a Townie Electra). While at the bike shop, a husband and wife touring team rolled in on a bicycle built for two, loaded with bottles, stuff, and towing a big trailer. I was immediately enthralled and spoke with the wife while the husband went into the shop. They were circling Lake Superior, which I found fascinating. Alas, they didn't have a blog, so I googled to see who did...and found you two!
Posted by Kat on July 27th, 2016 at 12:06 PM
Hi. Browsing your website from Toronto Canada. Came across your blog when researching some rims (Velocity Cliffhangers) I'm getting for a new commuter build I'm doing. I've been dreaming of doing a cross Canada or south through the US cycle trip for years. Really enjoying your (now 7 year old) blog posts from your trip. Oneday, maybe I'll have the time/energy to do a long-distance trip. Till, then, I'm enjoying a virtual trip through yours!!
Posted by Darryl on October 2nd, 2016 at 4:24 PM
I am Steve from Seattle, Washington. I found out about you from your cookbook, Bike, Camp, Cook. I began reading your blog after reading the book several times. The route very much reminds me of Long Way Home by Tzuo Hann Law from Crazyguyonabike. I enjoy your blog very much.
Posted by Steve Borcherdt on October 30th, 2016 at 12:11 AM
Love your trip(s) around the world and your adventuresome lives. I am aging but still bicycle a lot, now in Tucson, AZ. I have toured the Northwestern part of the United States. I hope I am not too old next time I am in Western Europe to hook on some panniers and go. If not just a good day(s) riding will do. Love to see the world from a bicycle. Blessings.
Posted by Beverly Lucke on January 23rd, 2017 at 1:58 PM