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Hello! I really enjoyed reading through some of the website today. I’ve spent the last four years traveling, too, and three years living in Japan. I did a stint as an aid worker in the tsunami zone after the earthquake, rebuilding communities.

I’ve been on the road for a while, but am headed back to Japan for a month soon. I saw your piece on Shinji Hashimoto and his farm near Kobe. I lived in Kobe for a while and had seen his produce sometimes but didnt know he took volunteers (as you mention in your article’s conclusion).

Just curious for when I’m back in Kobe soon: Could you let me know how you got into contact with him? I’d love to visit his farm and chat with him about various topics and questions I have. (I have an interest in sustainability too, and have the local connection of having lived nearby for so long).


  • James asked 9 years ago
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How did you attach the mounting bracket for the Ortlieb Ultimate 6 handlebar bag to the Jones Loop H-bar?

  • Colleen Welch asked 10 years ago
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There are many different choices when it comes to water filtration systems for travelers. At first I thought I wanted one of the UV Steripens, but after reading numerous accounts of these pens crapping out after a handful of uses coupled with the fact that they are battery powered, I started looking at filtration pumps. I’ve narrowed down my search to the First Need XLE Elite or First Need Trav-L-Pure. Both of these pumps filter out viruses in addition to bacteria and cysts (yuck!).

Before I pull the trigger on either one, does anyone have experience with either of these pumps, or can anyone recommend a different product? I wouldn’t mind something a little more lightweight or compact, but I love that these pumps don’t require any electricity, filter out solids and viruses, and improve the taste compared to chemical and UV sterilization. When it comes to water quality in remote places, peace of mind is worth a little extra weight for me and Haley!

No matter what solution we choose, we will definitely bring iodine tablets as a backup so we are covered in the event of an emergency.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

  • Matt asked 11 years ago
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Which bicycle frames did you choose for touring and why?

  • Matt asked 11 years ago
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