Hello, and welcome to the next step in my post-military globe-trotting. Many of you followed my first blog (tonyrides.com) as I traveled the United States on my Motorcycle, riding over 18,000 miles and reaching 49 states and three countries.

In this next installment, my friend Jerod and I will be going abroad for an open-ended jaunt. We will start in the Middle-East at the end of February and see where the roads and the winds take us.

Friday, July 30, 2010

One Year, and Going Strong; a Year in Numbers (and some words)

Hello, and welcome to my one year anniversary blog.  "But you have only been traveling for five months" you may be telling yourself.  The truth is, on 31 July 2009 I shaved and put on my Coast Guard uniform for the last time.  What have I been doing with myself, you ask?

Here is a snapshot
  • Countries visited - 17
  • Continents visited - 4
  • States visited - 49
  • Bus mile traveled - 2,377*
  • Air miles traveled - 16,730*
  • Train miles traveled - 2,750*
  • Motorcycle miles traveled - 18,500
  • Miles hiked - 320
  • US national parks visited - 10
  • Photos taken - 4,000 (estimated)
  • Times shaved - 0
  • Days worked - 0
* Distances measured "as the crow flies".  Actual distances traveled are considerably higher.

An interesting note, if you add up those distances traveled it is almost equal to two full trips around the Earth at the equator (24,900 miles is the circumference at the equator).  

Before photo (taken on 31 July 2009)     After photo (taken circa 25 July 2010)

If you want to read more about the first three months of my time off please refer to my other blog; tonyrides.blogspot.com

For photos, please check out my two facebook galleries (you will need a facebook account to view these, but they are public and we do not need to be "facebook friends"); 
Gallery 1
Gallery 2
Motorcycle trip gallery

If you wish to send me a private correspondence outside of the blog comments, feel free to e-mail me.


  1. You have had quite an amazing year and I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am with your long, luxurious, hippie hair. Seriously though, I am proud of you! It's been a good year <3

  2. Hi Tony,

    I've been off computer for awhile and traveling back East . Just caught up with your blogs. Congratulations on following your heart!

    Love, Monica

  3. Tony,
    Sounds like quite a year- you have earned it. Glad to see you are happy. Please cut your hair.
    Molly M