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We have learned to see a simplistic buaty in things. I am not saying this way of thinking works for everyone but it is our way. We are nomads, drifters and nothing more.
Life on a bike has reduced our posessions
Cindie and I can appreciate that we are in a position to realize all of our dreams
but at the same time understand we will have continue to use creative problem solving each step of the way to change the things that need changing, create the things that need creating, and live our lives as we see it in our dreams. It is that simple and that difficult at the same time. We are living proof the dreams can come true. We do not see this nomadic lifestyle as missing out on advances in our previous careers in Arizona but instead we have new ambitions that include the freedom to roam the globe on bicycles.
In the beginning we were goal oriented but now we say "our goal is not to have a goal." This does not mean we are lazy and do not work to earn our living because it was not winning a lottery ticket that earned our freedom; it was creating a busy web site wich takes a steady stream of new content. We do not see this as work in the traditional sence, instead we create things on the computer when we are inspired. This is something we like to do as an oulet for our feelings and emotions.
what have we learned
As an example, when we returned to our home country to travel there was a very heated election
not a trip anymore
we have learned not to want - content with what we have possisions - dont want what we cant have
see plasma tv and think impressive technologie but no not want
want = disapointment buying never satifies want
buying things you can not afford leads to more stress than joy = empty satafaction
content with simplicity
change from I deserve this to I am content with what I have
saw poor people and saw living on basics
rich in guatamala poor in USA
appreciate of what we have = conentment
see big ev and not hate
2 kinds of poor city people want and farmers are happy with what they have
want hotel room but happy with tent - vancouver island in bad rain then need room
What we have learned We are simple people living a simple life
Given our endless opportunities we continue to dream, plan, and work to live them.
Provided that we can find a suitable place to work in New Zealand with a wall outlet or other place to charge our computer and regular internet access (we live in a tent) our second book will be published in early 2008. Writing and publishing these books has been as challenging and fun as the bike tour itself. After this book is published we plan to spend several months touring New Zealand. In May of 2008 we fly to Alaska and begin a nineteen month tour of North America including Adventure Cycling’s west coast trail and the original Trans America route. From there we are thinking about Europe, the Middle East, and a two year ride to South Africa. After that we have only vague ideas of where we may go but one thing is for sure we have no plans to stop.
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highly recommend Ortlieb.
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