As seen on the streets of Pittsburgh.
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I was searching through old email, and came across a long forgotten exchange with Hubert. It’s been almost seven years since I last checked in on his 10 year road trip. At the time, he was making his way trough South America on his BMW with Ural sidecar. Now, he’s recuperating from some recent health issues in France; he’ll be back on the road soon.
In the meantime, there are eight years worth of stories and pictures to browse through on Hubert’s site: Ten Years on the Road.
By the way, If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for your own trip, maybe you can draw some from the conversation that prompted Hubert’s trip:
By the time we ate a creme brulée, it was clear to me that I had 2 choices
1 – I keep working for the next 10 years and I will be poor after that !
2 – I sell everything I have, I go travel for 10 years on my sidecar and I will be poor after that !
Photo from Ten Years on the Road
Anyone who has taken a road trip has wished for this sort of a tool. A map that tells you what the weather forecast is going to be along your route. One of the great things about this map is that it doesn’t give you the current weather conditions at the location, it gives you the forecast for when you are projected to be at that point in your route.
This is now a feature of the Weather Channel’s Trip Planner. The creators of this excellent tool, Stamen Design, have a short writeup of some of the thinking that went into the trip planner.
I always thought the let’s arm the pilots idea was a bad one. Case in point: A Pilot’s Gun discharged on a US Airways flight last weekend.