Category Archives: Nicaragua

Visit The Integratron

Visit the Integratron

Out in the desert  near Joshua Tree, if you look from the hills above Landers, you might wonder about the bright white dome out in the flat basin. Short answer: It’s a circular, sonically balanced room where people gather to listen to the quartz bowls, whose sound is a fusion of spinning helicopter blades and whale song.

So here’s the lowdown from Wikipedia:

The Integratron is a structure designed by ufologist and contactee George Van Tassel. Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.

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Mission critical equipment – Evolved Surfboards

Take a look at these pretty ladies. Truth be told, I took my surfboard back. It’s the purple and pink one. I really loved it for the short time it was mine. But it was too big. Luckily for me, Eric at the Evolved Surfboards is a truly wonderful human and let me swap the board out for a smaller and shorter version which I have since ridden and is the best board that has ever been produced. AND it’s the exact same colors. This came about because my the first time at Evolved I saw my pink and purple beauty, but at the time I thought it was a little small for me. At 5’8″ it’s the shortest board I’ve ridden. I ordered the exact same board only a little bigger, and that was dumb because The One was right there. You live, you learn.

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Camper equipment check – The Box

Vanlife camp kitchen

Here is the solution to a year of hard thinking about how to best use the interior of our Honda Element. Inspired by a design I found on the Element Owners Club,  I cut, screwed, routed, and sanded The Box.

Why it’s genius is that it is both a platform bed and also gives clear daytime access to the space below the bed, this is achieved by piano hinged sections which stow neatly on the 42″ X 27″ box.

In hindsight, I’ve probably spent too much time thinking about the box. But, now it’s here, I’m seriously impressed with how well it’s working. We haven’t spent the night, so in theory, the box is untested, but it looks fairly solid.

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Announcing BIKEGANG! Nicaragua 2016

We’re getting out there again.

In our quest for an eternal summer, we’ve been planning and scheming what moves to make this winter. As readers may be aware, we spent the winter before last living in Sayulita, Mexico. During that time we met many like-minded surfing travelers who spoke of Nicaragua in hushed tones, as though they were concealing a secret, I intend to find what they are hiding.

Beginning at some point this September BIKEGANG! Will be back out on the road pushing much farther south than our last Latin adventure all the way through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and eventually to Nicaragua where we will find a base to live in warmth.

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