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Insane, and in Possession of a Bicycle

Day 16: Captain’s Log, Earth Date 7.22.2017 Beach encampment on the coast of Urumale, Talaimannar Village South, Mannar Island, Sri Lanka   4:30am Loudspeakers from the local Hindu temple erupt to life, waking me up from a restless slumber on a dark Sunday morning. A recording of a woman’s voice drifts out over the Indian […]

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Cultural Triangles, Circles, and Conundrums

Yesterday, we departed the “Cultural Triangle” region of Sri Lanka that we had been working our way through. Similar to Grant and my Icelandic bicycling adventures along last summer’s “Golden Circle” (an area where bus loads of tourists get ferried around to see the various waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanos, and other natural attractions) before we […]

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Instructions For Tourist (Day 8)

First off, a huge THANK YOU to those who have contributed the $1180 you have helped raise towards my $8,000 goal towards a cure for cancer in my first week of riding on 51 Across Sri Lanka: the 4th Annual Carolyn Held Memorial BIke Ride. That puts the grand total, after four summers of rides, […]

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Termites Are Attempting to Devour My Bicycle

Day 6: So far we have pedaled our way 250km into the heart of Sri Lanka via bicycle. I’m starting to get used to recognizing subtle indicators of when we may or may not be entering or leaving a Sri Lankan town. Sometimes its difficult to tell because I’m so used to knowing the difference […]

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Sealed With a Kiss From Sri Lanka (Day 3)

There’s a constant stream of sounds that fill the air at every moment here in the Central Province of Sri Lanka (in ALL of Sri Lanka, for that matter); so constant, that it’s hard to ascertain the hierarchy of sound to begin to start describing. For example, early in the morning, I’ve noticed the sound […]

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Bicycling for a Cure Halfway Around the World

48 Across the 48 Three summers ago, I was propelling my heavily-laden SURLY Straggler bicycle somewhere in eastern Washington state, toiling my way through the Columbia River Valley in 1000+ degree heat, and thinking to myself “what the hell have you gotten yourself into, Maurer?”  I was both thrilled to be three days into my […]

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50 Across Iceland: Day 2- Hitting the Trail

Donate to cancer research at Mayo Clinic, as we cycle 1200 miles throughout Iceland for a cure, and thank you! philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/carolynheld

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50 Across Iceland: Day 1

Help us complete our goal of raising another $10,000 for cancer research at Mayo Clinic, as we cycle for a cure across the entire country of Iceland until August 10th. So, instead of clicking on “like”, we welcome you to click here, instead. Thank you! George Maurer and Grant Brooks

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George Maurer launches fundraising effort to fund Summer 2016 Iceland Cancer Cure Ride

Thanks so much for participating in my 3rd annual ride for a cure. This journey is a little more complicated than the first two.  For starters, islands can be pretty darn expensive!  Here’s how you can help support my camping and food expenses while I ride for a cure (any ANY amount is gladly welcomed!): https://www.gofundme.com/50-Across-Iceland […]

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