Imagine selling everything you own, setting out on your bikes, with only your trade of jewelry making and photography to support yourself for an adventure of a life time. This is exactly what Russ and Laura did a year ago and have been on the road ever since. They rolled in Chattanooga Thursday for a week of exploration.
They headed out from Portland, Oregon a year ago and have been meandering every since. They don't have firm plans set and take suggestions from oneplace as to where they should go next. They were in Nashville when they were told to come to Chattanooga. I don't know exactly who mentioned CKhattanooga, but looking at the Nashville people Russ and Laura talked about I know Dan Hensley of Nashville Bicycle Lounge and Tricia of Let's Go Ride A Bike fame.(though I haven't actually met her in person)
So who are these people? To read more about them go to Path Less Pedaled. Chattanooga was treated to a presentation Thursday night at Outdoor Chattanooga to hear their story. There was less then a day notice to arrange and publicise their presentation but there was a good size and very interested crowd that showed up.
A small group of us took them to dinner at Taco Mamacita's for Mex fusion food. Russ and Laura are a delightful and down to earth couple. To live such a lifestyle, going with the flow is a valued attribue and they seemed to have just the right amount of mellowness. But on the other hand, to live a life where you don't know from one night to the next, where you will be sleeping and always seeing new places and meeting new people requires an alertness and sharpness that is often lost in living the same ole same ole. After a year on the road, Russ and Laura seemed to have gotten those two contrasting attributes of mellowness and sharpness about right.
They love the quiet touring where it is just the two of them, rarely talking to others, and they then look forward to the constant socialization of city stays. It does sound they get the both of both worlds.
Talking to them does light those adventure fires that are always smoldering deep within. Maybe it is time to Sub 24 hour overnight trips (S24O). I used to do those occasionally, long before there was a name for them, but it has been a long time since I have done them. Time to hit the road again, I think. Russ and Laura might be leaving behind a trail of inspired bike tourers in their path. What fun!
I started riding my bike as my primary form of transportation because I love riding bikes. Add in all the wonderful benefits- you know the drill-exercise, money saving, pollution free, oil free, and all the other great things, it just seemed a reasonable choice.
But what I had not anticipated was how different life would look mounted on top of a bike verses looking out of a rolling metal box. The places I go, the people I meet, the things I see are so different. And I love it all.
This is a record of my adventures!