Our Tropical, Mountain Christmas On Wheels

This Christmas, Pele and I won’t be celebrating around a Christmas tree.

andrew-pele-sarawakNor will we be basking on a tropical beach. Instead, the two of us are adventuring into the mountains of Northern Thailand tomorrow for a fully loaded 900km, thigh burning ride on our Co-Motion tandem.  The terrain is described as “nasty” and the route climbs into the clouds, often 20km at a time.
We’ll be climbing, descending, climbing and descending… then repeating until we’re fully cooked.
Pele is going to try documenting some of the trip via facebook, and I may journal some of the stranger, more exciting or arduous moments to share on my blog.  We’ll also document our spending.  It could be interesting to read… in a “my God, you two are idiots” kind of way.
Have a great Christmas! I’ll see you in the New Year.


PS From David, Andrew’s webmaster: 

Andrew will be back soon and will start to answer all the comments and questions than are waiting for him. We’d like to thank you for you patience and understanding.

PPS I have heard a little about his holiday with Pele… I think Andrew is going to have a very “interesting” post about his travels – stay tuned!

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I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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  2. Jeff Kowalsky says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I'd like to wish you and Pele a Merry Christmas, safe travels and all the best in 2013. Living in Canada I have a lot to be thankful for. To that list I add finding your book and blog, thank you very much.

    Enjoy your trip!

    Jeff Kowalsky

  3. Barry says:

    Enjoy the trip and the Christmas R&R

    Hopefully you can post some scenic pics on your return


  4. Jeff Kowalsky says:


    I'd like to wish you and Pele a Merry Christmas, safe travels and all the best in 2013. Living in Canada I have a lot to be thankful for. To that list I add finding your book and blog, thank you very much.

    Enjoy your trip, sounds like fun!

    Jeff Kowalsky

  5. Jeff says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I'd be interested in hearing how your trip went. Fill us in when you get a chance.



    • Thanks for asking Jeff! We had an amazing time. I convinced my wife (I think) to compile some photos and a story for the blog. She wrote down every penny we spent, and she was the chief photographer. In total, we cycled 800km and by the time we were halfway through, we had climbed more vertical feet than the difference between sea level and the tip of Mt. Everest. At times, it was really tough. But as tough things often are, it was rewarding. Thanks again for asking about this. I'm going to give my wife a gentle nudge. It would be a fun piece!



      • Jeff says:

        In 2010 I climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro, which is about 9500' less than Everest so I can appreciate what you did. That trip was tough as well but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything. Sounds like an interesting trip, I look forward to the article, c'mon Pele your turn!



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