Not Edited Yet #9 — I’m Bananas!

This one was also shot during my latest cycle tour, the North Cape Hypothesis.

It sounded like a great idea when i started doing it — and it was indeed my best cycle touring decision once a hairdresser fixed it the next day! What a relief.

I don’t want to talk about the 12 hours in between.


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Not Edited Yet #8 — Math Is Bananas!

Pencil and paper mathematicians’ days are numbered — this is the future — breaking down Euler’s identity on a banana!

I can’t seem to find the original — this was shot by my friend Anca, from Bucharest, and i believe she used her phone — thank you for registering this important moment on the interface between my mathematical and cycle touring careers!!


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Not Edited Yet #7 — More Cycling in Bucharest!

Seriously, cycling in Bucharest is lots of fun! This is a bit of what it looks like from my kitchen pannier‘s perspective.

This was shot while i was moving between hosts within the city, and my bike was fully loaded — the guy who talked to me at the traffic light probably didn’t mean, “where are you going right now?” — the conversation might have turned out a lot more interesting had i answered, “to Norway!”

Oh, well …


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Not Edited Yet #4 — Opening a Fucking Beer like a Lady!

At first i was just curious about this beer opening method my hosts Anna and Ela in Gdynia, Poland were using — in particular, how that would work for the second bottle — but then there was not a third bottle, but a spoon!

If you’re not impressed with the methods themselves, i’ll draw your attention to the elegance — and i’m not being sarcastic 😉


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Trelograms #22 — Why Travel?

My first source of inspiration to leave on a long-term cycle tour was easily Dave Conroy, whom i hosted in 2011 when i was still attending graduate school at Rutgers University. Dave was the fist long-term cycle traveler i ever met, and might have also been my first source of intimidation though — he had essentially checked out of his “previous life,” and been cycling for a couple of years already, something i couldn’t even remotely imagine myself doing at that time.

Fortunately, he was not the only cycle traveler i got to meet back then — in the course of the following couple of Summers i got to host many more, and was positively struck by how different their motivations were — for Steve and Taylor, cycle touring was part of their gap year adventures, while Greg had used his bike as a tool to connect with people and places around his country, and i understood it to be part of a mourning practice for Odin. Although it took me another four years to finally get on the road myself, i eventually felt duly validated to ride on account of the underlying process and technical challenge — in other words, whatever it was about it that interested me the most at the moment.

Along my way over the past two or three years, there came yet another big surprise — while space for self-discovery and adventure were what first put me on the road, i gradually discovered and assimilated other dimensions into my process — most notably, i could have never anticipated how inspiring, energizing and fruitful my encounters with people along my path would have been!

So, you already have a reason to travel also — but you might not find out what it is until you surrender to the journey 😉


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Not Edited Yet #3 — Roadside Findings

I often find the most unexpected things on the roadside or remote locations — what really surprises me though is how desirable some of them are!


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Not Edited Yet #2 — Ai se eu te pego!

Being on the road seems to make me a lot more open to be surprised by all that is already out there 😀

This is Borys, asking his cousin if i could pitch my tent in front of his shop. He first drew my attention by shouting, ‘Brazil!,’ from a bus stop as i was passing by — this staggered me, as it typically sounds a bit more like ‘Brazilia’ in the Slavic world — this is also about what we call our capital back home, and had been a maddening source of confusion for the past few weeks.

He was indeed talking to me in Portuguese, which he picked up during his 11 years working in Portugal — he eventually invited me to stay at his place for the night, and it was quite refreshing to be able to speak my mother tongue after such a long time on the road — but not even that had prepared me for the surprise to hear him singing Michel Teló further along the evening!


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Not Edited Yet #0 — Re-Launching the YouTube Series!

I collect a fair amount of video footage along my path. While i focus my current efforts on writing, much of that footage is sadly left largely unprocessed and unedited. Every now and then it seems like the first take is already good enough to be posted as is though, and i figured i’d share those along the way!

I started finding a lot of those “prime uncuts” as went through my photos and videos from my latest cycle touring project (the North Cape Hypothesis) in the context of writing about it, and releasing them on YouTube as the Not Edited Yet series:

I will re-publish all of them here, on my new website, while new ones will be released as i go over footage from other projects!


On the photo: fallen tree the morning after a windstorm, on my way to work in L’viv (Ukraine, October 6th, 2017)


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Trelograms #7 — Road Magic of Life Magic?

I’m not a superstitious person — but it seems like being on the road has put me in closer contact with how often amazing coincidences actually happen in our everyday lives.

Here’s one that happened to me when i was cycle touring in the Odessa Region.

As i’m pulling out of the worse dirt road ever back into the main road (and worse asphalt (?) road ever), a red van driving by stops, while the driver steps out of it shouting, “Brazilia!”

What the fuck? — could he see the tiny Brazilian flag sown to my handlebar bag from all the way out there? — probably not — and he’s looks too jolly to be the secret police — it must be Yuriy’s friend!!

I was supposed to spend the night before camping in Gannady’s backyard, as arranged by our common friend Yuriy, from Izmail — but the heat, energizing encounters along the way and sincerely bad roads slowed me down and i couldn’t make it. I planned to swing by the day after anyways just to say “hi,” but it seems like life magic once again took care of that for me!

Do you notice such coincidences in your life? I would be delighted to hear one! Please share in the comments below 😀


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Trelograms #1 — Isn’t Celebration Contagious!?

After 63 gruesome, bumpy, gravel road kilometers, was that a mirage, or indeed the beginning of a smooth, freshly paved road!?

I had to celebrate.

This fine gentleman was walking in the middle of nowhere with a 2.5-liter bottle of beer in one hand and an ax on the other — great combination! He duly reacted to my excitement, dropping the ax and running towards me — now overflowing in excitement himself, he opened the beer and insisted i filled up one of my water bottles with it.

I returned the gesture by offering him some of what was left of the rakija i got from my friends in Serbia before my departure a few days before — he put the little bottle straight into his back pocket :p — thinking the rakija could not be in better hands now, i just asked him to take a sip of it so i could snap a picture. He then gave me a sincere, joyful hug, approximately 637 kisses on each cheek, and we parted ways —  i was now slightly tipsy, but very energized!!

Today, i want to invite you to celebrate. There must be something you’re grateful for today, no matter how small you think it might be —  make it a big deal and share it with someone! Feel welcome to share it with me by commenting below 🙂


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Trelograms is a series of short inspirational and/or inquisitive reads written in counterpoint to my chronicles and concrete travel advice on cycle touring, hitchhiking or in general. The series title is a word play between ‘telegram’ and ‘trélos’ (Greek for ‘mad’). Follow the links to read more, and sign up for the Not Mad Yet mailing list to be notified when new articles go live and get other updates