Postcards

5 Mountain Passes, 120 Miles, 13,000 Feet of Elevation

Postcard: “The Longest Day” Ride

June 21st was the longest day of the year, so Andy Bokanev thought it'd be a good idea to head out for a grandeur of a ride.

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A 2800-pound dance partner

Waltzing with an Old Quattro

Learning to drive fast on ice takes time. So when you just start to learn, it’s best to have an instructor who know what he’s doing.

James Wood & Sons

Postcard: The Oldest Barbershop in Edinburgh

2:30 p.m. GMT | Edinburgh, Scotland -- That’s what the guy in the shop selling scarves told us, anyway: that James Wood & Sons, Wood’s for short, was the oldest place to get a cut in Scotland’s capital city.

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Bridge Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Postcard: Aboard the Ferry to Skye

3:45 p.m. GMT | Off the Coast of Mallaig, Scotland -- The bridge between the mainland and Scotland's largest island had just been closed due to inclement weather -- 70 mph winds and a rising sea. That sea roiled us now, the stout ferry rocking and weaving like a bantamweight prizefighter in the ring.

A Drive to Remember

Postcard: Escape to the Highlands

2:10 p.m. GMT | Outside Glasgow, Scotland -- The highway flowed away from the concrete and into the bucking green hills north of Glasgow. The sheep seemed to be posing; my forehead no longer throbbed.

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A Good Rummage Is Hard to Find

Postcard: Glasgow’s Barras Market

The Glasgow Barrowland Market, aka Barras Market, was meant to be a destination, a must-see stop our tour of Glasgow, the gem of the East End. We found something slightly different.

An Adventurer's Breakfast

Postcard: Full Scottish Breakfast

I go to bed each night thinking: I’ve eaten plenty, and tomorrow I’ll have a light, healthy breakfast. Yet here I am, eating my third or fourth full Scottish in as many days.

Coffee and Cigarettes

Postcard: Morning Rituals Aboard the No Worries

I'm on a double dose of Dramamine trying to think of nothing at all. Jay's nursing his third cup of coffee with a smoke hanging from his lip like a young Humphrey Bogart. I’ve lost track of the cigarettes. A bump in the water sends some coffee against his bright orange pant leg and I think that I might lose it.

The Taste of a productive day

The Kentucky Sundowner

The Irish have Irish coffee, the Scotch have Highland Coffee, the Germans have Rüdesheimer Kaffee, and college students have vodka and red bull. Kentuckians have the Kentucky Sundowner. Here's how to make one.

A twisted, artful rabbit hole in Idaho

Postcard: Stumbling Into Freak Alley

Boise, Idaho, 9:28 a.m. A huge deformed potato leers from the side of a building, plastered on the brick like a perverted ad for Ore-Ida. But this spud only shills for Boise's not-so-hidden oddity: Freak Alley Gallery, a collection of local artists' whims, painted with vigor and a poppy-field vibrancy of colors throughout a series of side alleys in the city's otherwise quiet downtown.

Wet trousers and world-class scallops

Postcard: Lunch at The Three Chimneys Kitchen Table

1:00 p.m. BST | Colbost, Isle of Skye, UK -- We parked the truck somewhere in the north of Skye and picked up our rental Lapierre road bikes. It was very cold and raining hard, the aftereffects of Hurricane Gonzalo on the other side of the Atlantic, but we wanted to get a ride in and figured: let's just bike to lunch. Lunch was at The Three Chimneys, the Isle of Skye's best restaurant with a newly minted Michelin star.

Terrifying Road Rules in Beautiful Skye

Postcard: Yield Please, Yield

9:00 a.m. BST | Isle of Skye, UK -- Driving a broad car on the wrong side of the road, from the passenger's seat, is an upsetting experiment in bizarro world physics.

High on a Scottish View

Postcard: High Noon in Glasgow

12:00 p.m. BST | Glasgow, Scotland, UK -- After two delayed flights we stumbled through Glasgow airport at the crack of dawn and dumped our bags at a hotel. Like any respectable New Yorkers, we asked where the best coffee was and then jumped on the subway to the West End to consume several rounds of it.