I had the great fortune to listen to Russ and Laura from the famous Path Less Pedaled blog talk about their adventures traveling across the country by bike (hosted by the super awesome Bikes Not Bombs).
The interesting thing about their trip is that they didn’t have a set time frame. In fact they sold everything they owned and just sort of took off. Planning a day in advance, taking life as it came, enjoying it along the way. True adventure style. I have been itching to get on a bike point in a direction (most likely not east) and just go…these people actually did it.
I was impressed that the rigors of the road have left them with a more joyous attitude rather than having it beat them down. As anyone who has worked retail can tell you, people are not always that nice…but that’s not what Russ and Laura found.
They relied upon the kindness of strangers and the strangers came through for them. Providing food, water, even a house to stay in when they were sick and tired and needed a place to rest. Its enough to make a cranky Bostonian wonder if perhaps the fabled north east grump might not be all its cracked up to be.
Another thing (at least from my point of view) is that Laura, like me, is in the business of making very nice head badges for bicycles(and other awesome stuff). It was great hearing about how being on the road influences what tools she uses, and how she makes her art. It was also great hearing about Russ and his photographic adventures.
I think that these two inspired me so much because their lives and dreams parallel mine so closely. They like bikes, I like bikes. They make art, I make art. They are internet geeks, I am an internet geek. They sold everything and went on an amazing epic adventures across the US, I…umm well I am still working on that part.
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