I was born in Germany and spent my early childhood in Turkey, but have lived most of my life in British Columbia, Canada. For the last couple of decades, when I have had an address it is usually been somewhere near Nelson, BC. (Though more recently I spent 2 1/2 years living in Vancouver).
I got the long distance wilderness backpacking bug in the mid 80's and have had a few awesome adventures on foot since then. In 2000, I tried cycle touring for the first time; my first overnight trip was several thousand kilometers and lasted from May until September. I fell in love with touring and have done a number of tours since, all on the same non-suspension mountain bike (a Specialized Rockhopper).
I work as little as I have to to fund my trips, which are self-propelled or with a mostly self-propelled component. I am trained as a survey tech, and for the last couple of decades have worked on and off as a draftsperson for a legal land surveyor in Nelson, and more recently in Vancouver. Over the years I have also driven cab, delivered fliers and catalogues, worked as a wilderness guide, and done various other jobs in order to keep going.