We’re now 35 Summers!

Our trip around the world was an amazing experience and now that we’re back home we’ve decided to make, travel, adventure and exploration a larger part of our lives.

ADB is a great time capsule of our trip, but going forward we wanted to create something that was more inclusive; that wasn’t just a cataloging of things we’d done, but a way to get other people involved too. So we created 35 Summers as our new blog and the 35 Summers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a way to fund projects for ourselves and others.

You can read more about the background of the site on our About Us page, or just start browsing our new posts. Feel free to check our best composting toilet guide as well.

Everything from A Dangerous Business has been moved to 35 Summers, so nothing has been lost, just redirected.

Which isn’t a bad metaphor. :D



North to Alaska!

by connal on May 5, 2011

We can finally announce our next adventure trip! This July, Anjel and I will be riding from the California Bay Area north to the Alaskan Arctic Circle – and we’ll be trying to make the trip entirely on dirt trails.

Instead of taking our usual motorcycles, we’re going to load up our dirt bikes (a ’93 Suzuki DR350 for me and a ’98 Yamaha XT225 for Anjel) with a tent, sleeping bags, cookstove and the usual collection of tools and travel gear and roughly* follow the Pacific Crest Trail as we head through California, Oregon and Washington. (*yes, roughly. We won’t be riding the PCT as it’s not for motorized vehicles, but there are a number of legal, public dirt trails through that land that one can follow.)

Crossing into Canada we’ll travel through British Columbia up into the Yukon before finally re-entering the States and continuing north past the town of Coldfoot, Alaska on our way to 66˚ 33′ 44″ and the Arctic Circle.

A very rough google-map rending of our route

Unlike the last trip, we’ll be organizing some outside activities to coincide with this trip. We’re working on partnering with TreadLightly (“a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship”), in fact we’ll be attending their Master Tread Trainer course this weekend.

We’ll also be cleaning up the trails as we travel (weighing how much left behind garbage we pick up each day before properly disposing of it), and hopefully meeting up with some local land-use groups as we go.

We’ve already got a couple sponsors lined up to help us out, and are in the process of looking for more.

We’ll be posting a lot more information in the coming weeks – in the meantime we’re expecting a new carburetor to arrive tomorrow so that I can actually get my bike to run.

Ah, adventures.

Connal + Anjel




Riding Iceland

by connal on February 4, 2011


Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland, and at over 3,000 square miles, covers more than 8% of the country. In the south east, between the towns of Skaftafell and Höfn a portion of the glacier (large enough to have its own name: Breiðamerkurjökull) flows down towards the ocean where it has formed a giant glacier lagoon.

The glacier can be seen from miles away as one travels the main highway, but the lagoon itself (Jökulsárlón; literally “Glacier Lagoon”) is hidden until you finally reach the point where it empties into the ocean, flowing underneath the Glacial River Bridge.

Turning off the main road, parking the bikes in a small dirt lot and walking over a gentle rise, the lagoon comes into view in an utterly surreal sight.

The still waters of the lagoon mirror the clouds in the sky and the massive icebergs, calved from the glacier, alternate in color between a milky white and a luminous blue as the light strikes them at different angles.

It is an absolutely breathtaking sight and as we stood in that surreal location, enjoying some of the most amazing riding we’ve done, it was amusing to look back on the random chain of events that brought us there in the first place.
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9 Hours in Finland

by connal on December 23, 2010


Whenever possible we avoided air travel during our trip. Consequently to get to Estonia from the Czech Republic we took a train to Germany where we caught 2-night ferry to Finland where we transferred to another ferry for the short 3-hr hop to Estonia.

The ferry from Germany arrives in Helsinki at 8:30 in the morning and the boat to Estonia didn’t leave until 6pm – which is how we got to spend 9 hours in Finland.

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by connal on September 30, 2010

McDonalds Shrimp Burger

If you want to get a lot of strange looks when you travel, take pictures of your food.

It’s understandably odd to see someone snapping a picture of their lunch (“Yeah, it’s a hot dog, buddy.”) but of course the fact that people thought it was absurd emphasized the whole point. Wherever we were, we were usually eating the standard local fare; but what’s normal in one country can be quite exotic in another.

We tried to photograph every unique dish we ate and the following 561 photos are the result.

To get a better look, clicking on an image will take you to the Flickr page where the date and country of the meal (if not the exact city) should  be tagged.

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Turkish Beach Cows

by connal on September 24, 2010

Beach Cow

It’s not all that crazy, it’s just that we’d never seen a cow anywhere other than out in a pasture. We spotted this guy just hanging out somewhere on the southern coast of Turkey.

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