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PHOTO ESSAY: SAN FRANCISCO, THE TENDERLOIN DISTRICT

A stones throw a way from the tourist friendly area of San Francisco lays the Tenderloin district. A stubborn, dilapidated district of the city. Fueled with gang violence, prostitution, and blatant drug use. Non-profit social service agencies, soup kitchens, homeless...

JONES LOOP H-BAR 710 – 1000 MILE REVIEW

I loved touring with my butterfly trekking handlebars. They were so comfortable and a joy to use on a long distance touring adventure. I had them installed on my Koga World Traveller since 2011, and had no intention of using anything else. However, my old creaking...

THE DOG BUTCHERS OF CHINA

It was still early when I navigated the streets of Yangshuo’s central market, by the time I arrived at the main entrance there was already a hive of activity. Streams of old women were busy unloading an array of unusual looking fruits and vegetables from waiting...

FALLOUT: THE DAY I TOURED CHERNOBYL

You must not walk on the moss, OK?’ A thick Ukrainian accent echoing throughout our rusty soviet made minivan. We all sit in silence nodding our heads furiously. ‘I repeat to you, do not step on the moss when we reach reactor four, OK?’. ‘What...

CENTRALIA, PA

The front fender of our underpowered rental car catches a raised piece of concrete as we enter the makeshift car park on the edge of highway 61, rural Pennsylvania. Julie and I exit our tiny ash grey Nissan to inspect the damage, luckily everything looks fine so...

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