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My Phone was Pickpocketed in Tijuana and I Got it Back!

This was my own fault really. I was stumbling back to my apartment alone at around 3 am after having a few too many drinks with a friend when a prostitute approached me. She was probably about 40, spoke only Spanish, and was clearly really high. She put her hand on my chest and began …

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Sawyer Mini Water Filter Review

The Sawyer Mini is a minimalist water filter that is perfect for hiking, bicycle touring, and travel. It is incredibly lightweight, affordable, versatile, and reliable. I have used mine to filter water from streams, rivers, and even puddles while hiking and cycling throughout the Western US. While traveling with this little filter in Africa, Latin …

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Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad Review

I bought the Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad on Amazon in preparation for my first bike tour. While trying to put together a low budget camping setup, I decided to buy this pad. It is the best inflatable pad for the money. Size I’m 6’1” and 180 pounds and the pad fits fine. I’d say …

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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent Review

I bought this tent in preparation for my first bicycle tour. I was trying to put together a camping setup on a budget and needed a decent tent. After extensive research and a couple of trips to REI, I settled on the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent. Since my purchase, I have slept in the tent about …

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