Author Archives: Michael Roy

India: Six Months, in the Blink of an Eye, in (someone else’s) Poems

October 18th, 8AM: Arrive at the New Delhi airport just as the day starts to heat up.  Unload my gargantuan bag off of the conveyor belt, wheel it around the concourse looking for the perfect spot, settle on a little … Continue reading

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3RR in Bicycle Traveler Magazine!

Hey everybody!  Sorry for the long radio silence.   I promise it will only be a few more days (or weeks at most) until I get off my bum and put together a piece or two about these last four (?!!?) … Continue reading

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Qatar: Stopover on the Way to India, Candy for My New (Used) Camera

  The Scene: Doha, Qatar, the most luxurious desert I’ve ever been to.   Some 200,000 Qataris have rights to 1/3 of the world’s oil and gas reserves, making their country’s per-capita income the highest on earth.  Locals are pretty much … Continue reading

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Soundtrack to the Ride (My Favorite Travel Tunes)

Kilometer Count: 32,000 Average Speed: 17km/h Approximate Riding Hours: 1882 That’s a lot of time to fill. I could probably have used it to learn another foreign language or two, to listen to a few bachelor’s degrees worth of lectures, … Continue reading

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Turkey: I Biked There (in a Sense)

I mean, I have biked while there.  Once.  For all of twenty miles.  Still, my two worn-down wheels met Turkish tarmac and got me where I needed to go.  I’m gonna go ahead and call that Country #15!   And my … Continue reading

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The Art of Jugarh: One Part DIY, One Part WTF

I don’t remember the day it started, but I do remember the first day when it got bad.  Chris and I were on our way to Shillong, Meghalaya (“Abode of the Clouds”), northeast India.  We had stayed the night before … Continue reading

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South India in 6,000 Calories per Day

That’s what the online calculator says you need in order to propel 145 pounds of body and 45 pounds of gear 160 kilometers in nine hours. Judging by my fooding schedule for the 2100 kilometer jaunt down the subcontinent, it … Continue reading

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Lohardaga, Birmitrapur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bhwanipatna, Parvatipuram, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Gudur, Sulurupetta, Mamallapuram, and 2,000km Worth of Other Places I Can’t Keep Straight

At long last, uncharted territory!  Not the mountains of Nepal, trekked by tens of thousands yearly, nor the flats of UP, griped about by every cyclist who dares to take the shortest route from Delhi to Kathmandu, but a big, … Continue reading

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Money, Compliments, Publicity: Varanasi to Vizag and Beyond

A man once said the pinnacle of success is when you finally lose interest in money, complements, and publicity. A noble enough idea, I suppose. But how on earth he does this, heaven only knows. I know I’m gonna need … Continue reading

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Uttar Pradesh: At Least the Food is Amazing

There are a lot of things not to like in UP – touts and pickpockets at the big tourist sites; roadkill, traffic, stares, and endless badgering about why you’re 30 and not yet married everywhere else – but the food … Continue reading

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