“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
2013-2015: Asia and South America Tour
In 2013 I left – riding a fully loaded bike for my very first time – with a plan that ended up changing dozens of times over the course of what turned out to be a two-year tour through the USA, Asia, and South America. I started out solo (for the first nine months) before being joined in Nepal by Kevin.
Countries we have visited along this trip:
–Pacific West Coast USA (5 weeks)
–India (seven months)
–Nepal (five months)
–Georgia (10 weeks)
–Turkey (three months)
–Patagonia (three months)
–Bolivia (two months)
–Peru (two months)
Since then, we spent our three month honeymoon in New Zealand, did a 5 week tour in Oman which turned out to be one of our all-time favorite counties, and did a stint in Norway which got cut short due to Kevin’s knee injury.
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Where do we sleep? At home in our tent! We can set it up just about everywhere; in fields, next to gas stations, in school yards, or best of all, in the middle of the mountains. Living outdoors 24/7 has become one of our favorite aspects of this lifestyle and a key factor in how we choose which countries end up on our bucket list. We do occasionally stay with people through warmshowers, and have been known to work for a free room at various hostels in different countries as well. Lastly, and most importantly, we have also been taken in by an incredible amount of generous and hospitable people in every single country we have visited: homestays which have allowed us to really experience the culture of a place while solidifying our love for the world!
What do we eat? Everything, seriously, anything and everything in our path. Our diets vary greatly depending on what is in season, what is cheap, and what is available so with each and every country comes a different set of food norms. That being said, pasta, as well as oatmeal, bread, soup, rice and lentils, and whatever else we can cook on our petrol powered backpacking stove. We have learned that popcorn makes a wonderful snack, that a cheese grater is more than worth the extra few ounces for grating everything from veggies for a soup to cheese for an omelet, and that there is no such thing as too much pasta.
How do we pay for it? By living cheap! We have no phone, no mortgage, no debt, and no expenses except the five to ten dollars a day we spend along our travels. Check out the money section for more information about this one.
Isn’t it dangerous, don’t you have to be a professional athlete, don’t you get lonely, isn’t it hard…?? Here is a post I wrote a while back dispelling common myths about cycle touring. The hardest part is stepping out of your front door, and despite what non-cycle tourists are going to tell you, the rest really does come naturally.
People are always curious how this works. How do you pack up everything you own into storage, fit what you need for a year (or three) on your bike, and leave.
Well, that’s just how you do it.
You pack the essentials and make do without all the extras which tend to clutter our lives. Then you start your life as a snail; with your home packed on your bike, you can pick up and move whenever you please.
How do you plan it? Well, you don’t really. I rarely know the name of more than one or two cities in a country before I arrive, and I have found the best way to travel is just to find out about the interesting places once you are there. My route has changed dramatically multiple times based on what I have heard from other cyclists, so it is best to leave your route somewhat open so that you can accommodate for these changes. Though it is hard to imagine for some, this kind of travel really does mean you buy a one-way ticket to a country and go. The hardest part is deciding to leave, once that is done, the rest is easy!
Feel free to check out this fun question/answer interview which may very well answer some of your own questions about this journey!
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