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Cycling in the French Alps

Days 2, 3 and 4 of our Best of the 2014 Tour de France cycling trip were all stunning (and HARD) rides in and among the French Alps. Nothing for the rest of the trip would be as difficult for us as Alpe d’Huez on the first day (combination of jetlag, heat and the famous 21 virages or switchbacks), but each day still brought a mountain to climb.  We basically just went at our own pace, kept turning the pedals over, and eventually reached the top, always to cheers and high-fives from our new mates. To really get the whole […] Read more

Bonjour! From Le Tour de France 2014

“I was joined by Jen, an ex-pro who works with Bikestyle Tours, for the last few switchbacks and was barely able to make conversation. To give you an idea about relative effort, while I slipped quietly into my pain cave she was on the internet on her phone, looking up CyclingTips. I shit you not. Not long after she disappeared into the distance.”   Matt McCullough, reporting for CyclingTips.com.au. This pretty much wraps up the first climb on our Tour de France bike trip with Bikestyle Tours, and we were much further back in the pack than Matt. What were […] Read more

Dubai and Abu Dhabi – All That Glitters…

The last stop on our 2014 Around The World trip was the United Arab Emirates (UAE), specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the result of a union of seven small Arab sheikdoms on the Persian Gulf that joined forces in the 1970s for self-preservation given monumental political shifts in the region. The official religion of the UAE is Islam and the official language is Arabic. On account of the large number of foreign expatriates however (only 1.5 million out of 8 million residents are native citizens), the country’s main language is English. There remain large economic differences between […] Read more

Singapore Slinging

Modern Singapore was founded when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a British statesman, landed in the area in 1819 and negotiated a treaty with a previously banished sultan to establish Singapore as a trading station for the British.  Singapore became a major port for East-West trade, growing from a small fishing port to a major world commercial center. Historical Population of Singapore: 1819: 150 1860: 80,000 1942: 800,000 1970: 2 million Today: 5 million There were two major defining historical events for Singapore in the 20th century. The first was the Fall of Singapore. Once regarded as an impregnable fortress, Japan invaded […] Read more

Bangkok in a Day

 “Red shirts warn of civil war.” Normally a headline that would keep one out of ‘red shirt’ territory. But since we’re safely in Singapore now, we’ll admit that we did stay a day in Bangkok, and had a wonderful, peaceful, enjoyable day in this city of contrasts: glass and steel buildings shaped like cartoon robots standing next to glittering temple spires; wreaths of jasmine flowers dangling from the rear-view mirrors of buses and taxis; shaven-headed, orange-robed monks walking barefoot along the street beneath a bank of giant Sony screens blasting MTV Asia.  We did catch a glimpse of the ‘yellow shirts’ […] Read more


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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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