Provisions: A guide for travel stuff you need


• Schiller X1 Water Bike


Hey, did you know there’s a new water sport out there? Yup, water cycling. Not a cheap sport, judging by the price of Schiller state-of-the-art bike made of anodized aluminum, stainless steel, inflatable pontoons and steering and components as fancy as any racing bike. But you might feel it’s worth it as your pedaling by at 8 knots past those kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders. This might turn out to be to cycling what the Ellipitgo is to running.


• “Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning,” by Hal Koerner


Oregon’s Hal Koerner, two-time Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run winner, is an old-school ultra-runner who continues to do well against the youngsters in the sport. For the first time, Koerner compiles his running tips and strategies for running everything from 50 kilometers to 100 miles, is an instructional book. In addition to training plans, Koerner has a chapter on mental tips that help during bad patches on the trail.


• “Walkabout Malibu to Mexico: Hiking Inn to Inn on the Southern California Coast,” by Tom Courtney


Bay Area author Tom Courtney, whose Northern California “Walkabout” overnight hikes was featured last year in The Bee, now has published a guide for hiking from inn-to-inn in Southern California. It charts 200 miles of coastline clear to the border, featuring Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.


•  Backpacker Magazine’s “Best Stargazing Spots in the U.S.”

1. Badlands National Park, S.D.

2. Death Valley National Park

3. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

4. Cherry Springs State Park, Penn.

5. Big Bend National Park, Texas

6. Hovenweep National Monument, Utah/Colo.

7. Red Rock Canyon State Park

8. Chaco Culture National Historic Park, N.M.

9. Denali National Park, Alaska


“They’re like little terrorists preying on all the tourists.”— law-enforcement source quoted in the New York Post, referring to the costumed creatures, such as Elmo and Spider Man, who “extort” money from passers-by for photos.

Compiled by Sam McManis,