This is a love story. Clack, clack, clackety clack, clack, pew, pop, POP, pop, pew PEW! Sounds that concerned almost everyone I rode with and cued laughter from the rest. Royal Enfield, making pop-corn since 1901. Apparently a totally normal orchestra of music for a well broken in Enfield to make — a unique sound …

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” Sara said while we walked. The sun beat on us, taking my sweat and making me red. I told her that the only Bible verse …

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I woke up to my border collie stretched out on top of me. Her paws batted my shoulders and her deep brown eyes stared impatiently. The trails sat in the early morning light waiting for us. There was no time to waste. As I stumbled out of the house, tying my sneakers, Jett could barely …

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Dear America, The day finally came. It was a day I had been anticipating for so long. Pedaling through your towns and cities, over your mountains and prairies, through wind and rain and under the sun, had been my life. For two and a half months, it was you, me, and my bike. I decided to …

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The first time Christine and I went kayak camping, we paddled eight miles out into water so calm, still as silk bed sheets, that we heard the humpback whale slice through the surface of the water before we saw her. Too bad we didn’t check the weather. The next morning, the radio was repeating a …

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This is the second installment of Elyse DeFranco’s photography. She is a wildlife conservationist in Kenya, and chronicles her time there through the lens. This collection focuses on Lamu, a town on the northern coast of Kenya quite near Somalia. It’s one of the oldest towns in Kenya. It is an island in an archipelago …

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