The main road through Southern Laos is really boring. It’s well paved and flat, but it’s barren and mind-numbing. Apparently 80% of Laos’ population is in the North, so in the South, towns are small and spread out, leaving long stretches of nothing in between.
Wiggle yer little book worm tush over to Printed Matter (195 10th Avenue) because it's T.G.I.Friday. Tonight marks the launch of Padraig Timoney's book, which is also the last piece of the Decathlon Books puzzle we have all been waiting for. Risograph posters of the artists' work will be exhibited, eee! -Maggie Lee
Inventory Magazine has launched their anticipated 6th issue with features on vintage dealer Bobby Garnett, Batten Sportswear, Tory Leather, and Visvim. I'm honoured to have a photo essay in the issue too. In celebration, they will be hosting their West Coast launch party at the Inventory Stockroom (45 Powell Street) tonight, March 30. The combination of good people, nice clothing, drinks and new reading make the event something that shouldn't be missed. If you can not make it, the magazine will be available at these selected retailers. - Jennilee
Hours cycling: 235 hours
Average speed: 13.5 mph
Average distance per day: 78.9 miles
Average time cycling per day: 5:52 hours
So, if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing, I’ve been riding, mostly.
Longest ride: 121.1 miles in 8:30
Shortest ride: 36.6 miles in 3:40
Body weight lost: 15 pounds (from 175 to 160)—I’ve been told that I look tired and “worn out,” which only means my summer beach bod is gonna look super tight, like a tight bone.
Favorite country: Cambodia. The people there were the friendliest. It also has the most interesting history, the best food, and is cheaper than Vietnam and Laos.
Backpacker culture has been the defining influence. The late-night talks in the dorm over a beer with a new hostel friend has directed me along a new path. What is life? Where are you from? Which lonely planet are you using? How long is your trip? Mine’s a lifetime and it truly starts now!
So with that, I don’t think it makes sense for me to return to the US. I’ve tapped into something truly special within myself here in Southeast Asia. This is my last post and the end of my blob and internet presence. If you need to find me, I’ll be shirtless, dreadlocked, and wearing patchwork fisherman pants on Khao San Road in Bangkok. Ask around for Chi.
Peace and love,