December 2 · 7:00 PM
I wanted to share my experience of leading a 2-week mixed-mode tour (folding bikes + intercity rail) in Japan this past October. I led a group of six cyclists on a tour that included Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Shiga Prefecture, Kurashiki, and a partial crossing of the Inland Sea on the Shimanami Kaido.
In countries with well-developed rail networks (Japan probably has one of the best in the world), folding bikes can be an excellent option for travelers who do not want to pedal great distances between destinations while enjoying the freedom of having their own bike when they arrive. This trip certainly proved the concept as far as I am concerned.
Then there is the country I returned to on October 24 after my Japan trip ended.
If you'd like to talk about the election results, let's talk. I think many of us are coming to the painful realization that not all communication is created equal. Social media are powerful tools (Meetup.com is an example), but humans have evolved over eons of time to interact with one another face-to-face. That's the beauty of meeting in the same physical space, in contrast to to virtual space. It's much easier to see things from the other person's point of view when both of you are breathing the same air. And it's much harder to engage in name-calling and abuse when the person with a differing point of view is sitting across the table.