We only have a few weeks left of our break before it
is time to load up our touring bikes and go. Both Cindie and I are getting itchy feet to be back on
the road. Although the weather is nearly perfect here we know it will
get hot soon. But really, it is the days getting longer that awakens our
ride north. The sun chases us north and south, the wind
blows us east and west, and tourist visas limit our time in most
countries. Something is always moving us along. We have enjoyed staying indoors and road biking here in Arizona's
incredible southern desert but it just does not feel like home. The
road is our only home these days, the place where we feel the most organized,
comfortable, and at
peace. Traveling life is simpler and familiar while indoor/stationary
life stresses us both out. I think we have forgotten how to live in one place
because we get bored with it and want to move on. The day will come when our bodies are too old for this but getting our minds
to let go of our nomadic lifestyle seems impossible. How will we ever
Cindie and I had a fun interview with Jon
Winston and another bike crazy man named "LX" on Jon's popular BikeScape PodCast.
This is an informal interview/conversation in San Francisco, just blocks from Golden
Park, in the heart of the new American cycling movement and bike culture.
Our 50% book sale is still going strong. Either
Cindie or I ride almost daily to the local post office with books being sent all over the world. Bike commuters are rare to
non existent in this town and our riding instead of driving a car always
causes quite a commotion while waiting in those long post office lines.
Some cannot believe life is possible without a car. One man told me it
was, "Un-American not to drive like a normal person" and another well
meaning man, assuming I had a DUI (drunk driving), told me, "With a good
lawyer you can get your license back". Sometimes I feel like a
stranger in my own country.
Our upcoming departure date to travel across the USA is
still scheduled for early March. Because we want to avoid the cost of
shipping books back to our warehouse in Ohio we will try to run out before
then. When we actually leave and/or run out of books is anyone's guess
but the sale will end either way. Our books will still be available
through our regular online fulfillment system with the old prices and,
because we will not be personally shipping them out, it is impossible to sign copies.
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beginning of this letter, we will be back on the road soon and posting
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