Author Archives: tombalakshin

Coming home from a 5+ month adventure is never fun. It’s similar to unpacking from a vacation, but you’re unpacking your life and you don’t have a job and you live with your parents.

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The Carretera Austral is Chile’s southern highway and one of the most renowned bicycling routes in the world. It’s no surprise why two-wheeled enthusiasts flock to this remote pocket…

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We had just arrived in Puerto Natales off the Transbordadora Austral Broom ferry from Puerto Yungay. The last forty hours was a collection of motoring through Patagonia fjords, peering out the windows at the unreachable Chilean coast…

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A lot of my solo travels through Southern Patagonia were quite solitary. Rightfully so; I was travelling in the heart of winter and the typical, party-driven gringo was not interested in shivering at night in sub-zero …

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So I changed things up and moved to Ontario… never thought I would say that. It meant trading mountains for lakes, kayaks for canoes, -1 for -21, and more space for a higher pace.

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Returning from an epic journey is never easy. After 7 months on the road working in Russia and on the great #olympictour through Europe and Asia, I expected the shift back into a jobless reality to be somewhat problematic…

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After four months living in Sochi, I wasn’t ready to quit cold turkey on the Olympic Movement. I made my way to Moscow then Berlin to look at the historical old Olympic sites.

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My mind continues to return to Croisy, a small village in the central region of France. Three hours south of Paris, the village itself is more like a small cluster of five or six stone homes …

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Sparso is a small district 2.5 hours north of Milan in the Valtellina Mountains of the Italian Alps. The area is filled with scenic vistas of breathtaking mountains, Italian vineyards, and small churches…

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The Trans-Siberian Railway is the largest railway line in the world. I traveled from Moscow to the Sea of Japan via the Baikal-Amur (BAM) line, a less traveled rail line to the north.

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