Race Report | Kepler Track Challenge near Te Anau | New Zealand | The Glorious Loop

This time last year, the idea of racing in New Zealand seemed extremely far-fetched to me. Anna and I were planning to get to Australia this year, but we hadn’t discussed a NZ trip. But while waiting at the hospital with my brother Roger as his thumb was being stitched when a rogue knife got the better of him, I was surfing my iPhone and became intrigued by a race near Te Anau called the Kepler Challenge. The Kepler Challenge is a running race which Continue reading →

Exploring Lake Manapouri and Te Anau

While Te Anau is beautiful and is well set up for visitors with a range of hotels, motels, and B&B’s, we chose somewhere a little quieter but still close to the Kepler Challenge action. We found an AirBnB property in the town of Manapouri, by Lake Manapouri. This was our first AirBNB experience ever, and so we’ll talk a little about why we went that direction and our stay! One note before we continue: If you do decide to visit this area of New Zealand Continue reading →

The longest flight in the world and sleeping on long haul flights

How are you with sleeping on long haul flights? Does it put you off international travel or do you sail through without a care? Within the past 10 years, the new capability to directly fly from Dallas, TX to Australia has changed the travel game. Previously you had to go to the west coast (either LA or San Francisco) to fly towards Australia. Is it still a major journey? Yes, no question. But it can’t be overstated how much easier this direct flight makes such Continue reading →

Not a Pedestrian Life’s Antipodean Adventure 2017

After being in the Northern hemisphere for the last few years, Team Rabe is heading down South. The Southern Hemisphere and the antipodes awaits. It’s time for an antipodean adventure. As we head out on our next adventure together we are reminded of the risk of high expectations. We are open minded about what we will see and experience. This trip will be focused on exploring parts of New Zealand together for the first time and spending time with family, and then heading to Australia Continue reading →

Best New Mexico Coffee Places!

We’ve explored New Mexico north and south, east and west – and one of us cannot go anywhere without sampling the local coffee scene, and let’s just say he’s a coffee snob. So, where do we recommend in New Mexico if you’re looking for an outstanding coffee experience. Iconik Coffee Roaster – Santa Fe A boutique roastery. Incorporates everything great about a coffee shop. They roast their own beans and put attention on their coffee. Great aesthetic space inside and outside. Breakfast and lunch, with Continue reading →

A New Not a Pedestrian Life Adventure! Time to go down under!

This summer was an absolute blast – so much traveling around and in the US, for both of us – although obviously I traveled even more than Dwight, with the Not a Pedestrian Life American Identity Tour taking me to 29 states in 29 days! We’ve also been waiting for my permanent Green Card to arrive – which was what prevented us from heading to South Africa for the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year. But, we’re almost there! And we are hoping that the Continue reading →

Race Report, Bryce Canyon 50K: When Things Fall Apart

When I figured out I was off course, I was at mile 24 with maybe 30 ounces of water left. My legs were on fire and the oppressive heat made the air feel like I was breathing fumes. At one point I found it peculiar that the distinctive pink course marking were gone. See, the big climb was just like the previous climbs, on a dirt road straight up a mountain. My mind lied to me and I was convinced that this was okay. Being in Continue reading →

Travel Philosophies and Going Beyond the Obvious

Yesterday I mentioned my travel philosophy is about mindfulness while exploring new cultures and places. Dwight is just as passionate about travel as I am, but has a different approach. His perfect day would begin before 6am and end after 8pm with food mixed in the day. He would see as much as possible – preferably on foot hiking through the bush. He is fun to travel with! Sometimes I have to ask him to reassess his plans for the day because I don’t want Continue reading →

Post Bryce Canyon Ultras to Zion National Park

The morning after race day we ate a great breakfast with Dwight’s parents before packing up camp and parting ways. We have a pretty good routine for packing up camp. I focus on packing our “camp kitchen” and beginning to pack the car and Dwight pulls down the tent and roll our sleeping mats and pack away everything else we had in the tent. It usually takes us about 30-45 minutes depending on how focused we are and how much we had prepped the night Continue reading →

Bryce Canyon Ultras 50k: Team Rabe Crew Race Report

Race Day. I slept until about 6:30am. It was a nice change not to have to be up at 4 or 5 to get to a race start. It was an almost an accident that we stayed so close to the start – we don’t usually like first come, first served campgrounds when we have to be somewhere. But, we figured out the afternoon before when race markers (like plastic strips tied into trees and on stakes by the side of the road) appeared on Continue reading →