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11th July 2009

Mambo Vipi Mark Lonac?!
Greetings Mark, Fogg told me of your encounter at UC a few weeks ago. Thanks for checking in. I have had some troubles reviewing those movies that I shot in Tanzania last summer. I know what disk the film you want is on but for some reason I have had issues bringing it up on any device besides a television. When I get back to the States I will make a blind copy of the whole disk and send it to you. As to your questions..... We are treating our water with a filter, then a Steripen though sometimes (i.e. from non-turbid sources) the steripen is enough. If the water is strictly for cooking we simply boil it before adding any food. This being said, our steripen has died and will soon come home in a box like a soldier, along with it's fallen comrade the GPS. We are in Russia now so the filter is sufficient anyway and we won't have to take the time to charge batteries with out portable solar panel as we were before. In many places we had no access to water that was free of salt and we carried a lot of water there. Sometimes upwards of ten liters per rider. Needless to say, moving expediantly was critical in these regions. Here in Russia, water is everywhere and we filter whenever we can as the bottled stuff is actually costly. As to the internet access we have been able to connect in major towns on shaky hookups. In places like Ulaangom the internet flows via satellite and local teenagers crowd around computers to learn about a world they could never glimpse otherwise. Here in Barnaul there is 24 hour internet access and several cafes have wifi. Russia is a different world. Great to hear from you Mark. Run fast my friend. By the way, Chitanda LOVES the binoculars you sent him, thanks for doing that for him. Tutoanana Rafiki!
From Blog: A Clean Line
6th July 2009

well done guys
to chad: you may remember me, the (now former) afro haired kid from one of your kili trips last summer (also with my aunt sherry). i met your buddy mark fogg cause the lab i work in at colorado state did some exercise testing on his fire crew from estes park. when he came in to our lab he was wearing a tahoe cross country shirt...the rest is probably clear to you. the puppy following you guys around after you got off the train reminds me of the little kid who hitched a ride on my junky cruiser bike that i rented from the springlands and that we cruised around moshi town on. if /when you get back to americana and you still have the video you took of that with your demo oregon scientific bike camera, i'd love to get ahold of a copy. i think i mailed you a letter about that to your speckled address, probably after you already left for el mundo tercero. if you get the chance to respond when you're back, cool. to allison: i exchanged a snail mail letter or two with you while chad was still in tanzania. i look forward to reading the actual book you write about this trip when it's all said and done. nice writing. sounds like the customized touring bikes chad told me about in tanzania are working out quite well for you two. i think he told me a friend of his out of boulder was helping you guys out with those. i liked your description of the absurdly fickle weather in mongolia. people say that "if you don't like the weather here in colorado, wait 5 minutes." but all you get here is rain then sun then rain, certainly not 40 degrees C then a few hours later snow and 5 degrees C and wind coming from the opposite direction! two questions for ya: are you / how are you treating your water? and how on earth are you posting blog entries from the middle of nowhere mongolia?? thanks for doing the blog. super cool. have fun with the rest of the trip! -mark
From Blog: A Clean Line
3rd July 2009

Stay Strong
You Two stay strong and healthy. You can do it.. You can do it all day long. And rest well at night.. How are the night skies in the desert?- God Bless, Brendan
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
30th June 2009

Unbelievable!
Chad and Allison, your journey's are so incredible to read and even better to imagine. I am relieved that you guys are safe and enjoying this most unbelievable adventure together! Thanks for keeping us all informed and for describing everything in such detail, as to let us "feel" the experience. I am so happy you two have this unbelievable oppurtunity!! I love you both and wish you safe and happy trails... until next blog.... Lisa
From Blog: A Clean Line
27th June 2009

Finally catching up with you
Your trip sounds incredibly bold, challenging and rewarding. Michael and I are thinking about you two out there in the vast "new" land of experiences with people living in the "old" ways, tried and reliable ways of ancient cultures. Thank you for the great commentary of what you are seeing, feeling and wondering about. This will make a fabulous book when you are ready. Take good care of yourselves and your tires !!!!! Patti
From Blog: A Clean Line
23rd June 2009

Denali
hi chad and Alison, Just flew off the Mt. Yesterday after reaching 16,200 ft. Above the headwall. The team ended there and Greg and I stayed on at medical camp 14,200 ft. for another week. Glad to head how you are doing. safe jouney. Kathy
9th June 2009

Mandatory Ride
I can't help but wonder from what you wrote that perhaps Mongolia doesn't want foreigners--or Chinese--near their border, as they do not want people to know their border fortifications--or lack thereof. So the Mongolians require the Jeep ride into the nearest town along the route they deem least sensitive. Not a judgment, just a theory. And it seems we're missing the blog from Zamyn Uud to Ulan Bator. You were hustled by a Shagaa champ, no doubt, and felt the episode tainted the narrative flow.
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
8th June 2009

Those are real interesting stories and observations, good pics too. Are there ANY trees in Mongolia? Any idea what they produce that would allow the economy enough stimulas to build those walled cities/towns. I don't know that I've ever heard of a product that hails from there? Anyway, keep the updates coming, love to hear from you guys. Happy Trails, Ric
From Blog: Enter Sandman
8th June 2009

Just for fun..... the inner Mongolia experience......
Oh you are really, really not on the tourist track ! Wow all this time I thought you were bluffing....no really, your adventure is topping the charts , glad to hear from you and you have a heck of a tale to tell...peace to you and heres to tailwinds and helping hands along the way. love M
6th June 2009

Happy North Country Journeys!
Wow Samantha, you are going to love Alaska! There is something about the high latitudes that leaves a lasting mark on people forever and Alaska is a particularly amazing spot. Have fun and give our best to Caleb. Don't forget your rain gear! Thanks for all the help and support in launching this expedition. Chad and Allison
5th June 2009

Thank God for Chinese weinies
Ansley and Wiles - I am glad you both are safe. I am enjoying your writing and your experiences!! WOW - - - hugs from Lane
From Blog: Chinese weenies
5th June 2009

Rain in Tahoe
Believe it or not it's raining here and has been on and off for about a week and half! Looking forward to getting to Alaska in about a week. My adventures won't be the same caliber but you have inspired me greatly. Whales, moose, bears, and a stinky Caleb I'm waiting in anticipation. All my best, I think of you often out in the great wide world.
5th June 2009

What a ride!
Every morning I've been excitedly turning on my computer hoping to hear you guys are safe and well and about the awesome adventures you have had since last writing. Wishing you tailwinds (without the storms) and not as much sand as you are anticipating! Thinking of you guys daily and sending you lots of strength and love! Safe and happy journeys!
5th June 2009

book right?
I have really been enjoying the narrative and photos from your adventure. You know... you write well enough to put all of this into a book that a lot more folks would enjoy. Hope you go for it when you get back.
31st May 2009

I LOVE YOU SISTER ALLISON!
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
31st May 2009

sand-blasted Tahoe tree-huggers find Love in a Mongolian desert hole
ahh, The adventure, the danger, the romance! My palms are sweaty at the thought of naturally exfoliated groins. It is sensational to live vicariously through TravelBlog. You have inspired me to take the journey into China town to feast on Lo mein. I may even ride my bicycle. . . oooor the bus
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
27th May 2009

a ha ha
Well, is this what my tales of India sounded like on the receiving end ? Only you are both much more hardcore, and having a one-of-a-kind hard won journey. I am glad you got some food that day, and are breaking down stereotypes as you go. Lots of love, Madonna
From Blog: Chinese weenies
26th May 2009

Wind gusts, dust and GPS
It is so much fun to read your blog and hear about adventures in places so far from our Tahoe reality. The wind and dust storms here seem placid by comparison. So glad to hear that you are doing well, eating and making your way safely even without the GPS. Stay well. - heather
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
23rd May 2009

WOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!!!!!!! You are amazing, glad you are adapting as needed.....xooo M
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
23rd May 2009

Wow. This is major adventure.
Slept in a hole? 60km desert wind? Joe is MIA? This is gripping adventure much like trying to keep chipmunks out of Joe's garden. Hope you guys are doing well.
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
22nd May 2009

Amsterdam Cafe
Sain Bainuu! OK so we are not in Amsterdam (yet) but we ARE sending this message over a wifi connection, with an iphone, from Cafe Amsterdam in UB! We have a few repairs to make to Al's ride and we are off to the wild west tomorrow. Steady she goes. Thanks for the help and tech support Eli, this adventure would not be the same without your assistance and, most importantly, your friendship.
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
21st May 2009

Charge onwards
Wonderfully written, gripping, intense. Are you guys really in Mongolia or are you just hanging out in Amsterdam writing wonderful stories? Thanks for the updates, its almost like being there, but without the dysentery. You don't need no stinking GPS. It was probably holding you back from having any sort of real adventure. Now the fun begins. -Eli
From Blog: El Mundo Tercera
14th May 2009

Keep them coming
I can almost visualize your journey and like your descriptive details. Safe journeys and keep them coming. Makes the banner add of "affordable tour to China for 9 days at $1799" seem inadequate.
From Blog: Enter Sandman
14th May 2009

Love your stories. I'm off to the Bay to Breakers this weekend. I have packed up and moved from my cabin. Head to Anchorage Monday to catch up with Greg.Hope we have great weather for our climb. Wish you were coming with us. Love, Kathy
From Blog: Enter Sandman
11th May 2009

joining your trip
Booking tickets to Athens! We will arrive in Athens Sept 1st and we can train/bus/hitchhike/fly to meet you! We will have until Sept 10th to get back to Athens. I am so excited!
From Blog: Coal Country

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