by Harrison Maddox It’s 5:45 p.m. on a Friday in downtown Tokyo and I’m lurching down the bustling sidewalk with 50-pound box packed with my bicycle and everything I’ll need for a ten-day ride around Japan. I know I’m looking for Sophiearth Hostel, but I have only the faintest idea how to get there (think cardinal directions). Cell service is nil, as expected — the nearest T-mobile cell tower is an ocean away. I stop every few hundred feet to get my bearings by cross-referencing the screenshot I took of a map pinpointing the hostel and the tourist map I have, and to give myRead More →

In 2015 I bought my first new bicycle since, well, since I was a kid. If you are familiar with my history of sports injuries, you are probably thinking, “Why should Larry Benfield get back into biking trouble only six months after getting some new titanium in his shoulder as a result of a car and bike wreck? Isn’t he a little too old or daffy to be doing such a thing?” I might be, but I had been saying for some time that I wanted a bike with bigger tires, and this one was on sale, and my right hand man in the officeRead More →