February 17, 2013

Provisions: A guide for what you need

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


Project Rudy Spaceguard Sunglasses


What you want most from sports sunglasses – aside from the obvious, blocking the sun's rays – is for them to feel as if you aren't wearing them.

So, how's this for lightweight: Project Rudy's new wraparound "Spaceguard" model weighs just .88 of an ounce. Cyclists will like how the wraparound lens keeps wind and debris from reaching the eye. Runners will like the anti-slip, soft rubber temple tips and adjustable nosepiece. Actually, $159 is quite affordable for sports sunglasses. But if you need to make them prescription, be prepared to pay.


"How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter," by Matt Kepnes

Perigee Press, $15, 272 pages

Wouldn't travel be great if you didn't have to worry about pesky little things like – oh, I don't know – money? A popular travel blogger named Nomadic Matt has gone the dead-tree route and published a book for cheapskates about how to travel with extreme austerity. He offers tips such as purchasing "around the world" tickets in a bundle and the now-common couch-surfing option for accommodations. But he also writes about how you can "name your own price" for hotel rooms, using sites such as


SafariCom Marathon in Kenya

Not doing anything this June? Well, since Kenyans often come to the United States to run marathons, what say we Americans go to Kenya to run? And it's for a good cause, too. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya has held a trail marathon at the 5,500-foot elevation to support education, community development, health and wildlife conservation projects across the country. Organizers call it "one of the toughest marathons in the world," but add that "a helicopter is on standby to carry out emergency medical evacuations from the course."

Who won last year's race, you ask? Philemon Baaru, a Kenyan.


World's Top Bike Rides

No, you provincialists: The American River Parkway did not make the Active Times' list of top 10 bike rides. We're going to tease you by giving only the first five. Visit the site for the rest.

1. Dordogne Valley between Argentat and Beynac (110 miles), France

2. South-Tyrol from Reschen Pass to Merano (50 miles), Italy

3. Rioja Vineyards between Logroño and Haro (35 miles), Spain

4. Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz (132 miles), Germany

5. Salzach Valley from Gerlos Pass/Krimml to Salzburg (115 miles), Austria.


Kristina Peters @Mrskmpeters: "Airplane w/ no right engine = no air. Been on board for 50 minutes and am sitting in my own sweat. @southwestair #travelfail"

– Compiled by Sam McManis,

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