Archive for August, 2012

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles / 23.08.12

Our journey from Michigan proved three things for us – traveling together with all our stuff for 5 months takes patience, perseverance, and prayer.

First, we managed to break down our tandem and get it packed up with other gear, and still keep each full sized suitcase under 50 lbs. (Thanks Rod for help and Bill and Tina for the space to do that for 3.5 hours).
With a soft roof case and a bike rack, all 4 of us fit with our bikes and gear into Devin’s Chevy Malibu for the 10 hour journey to Tori’s relatives near Rochester, NY. [patience/perseverence]

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An Overture to the Commencement of a Very Random Journey. / 07.08.12

While sipping coffee in one of my favorite coffee shops in Saugatuck Michigan, it finally hit me- I’m leaving the country in 16 days! I will be homeless, jobless, penniless, and showerless for the next four months which is a state I have never experienced.

My brownie suddenly tastes so much richer, this wooden chair much more comfortable that it has ever been before as I realize this will probably be the last time I encounter such luxuries for quite awhile. This trip in general has changed my perspective a great deal it seems. I find myself appreciating everything from the weight of a fluffy blanket to the speed of a car in a more significant light since realizing that my legs will be my only backup plan for the rest of this year. In a world of convenience and speed I tend to forget the simple necessities for living, and for the first time I plan on experiencing the bare minimum. I will become a human sponge- detached from any particular society, simply living each day to soak it all in and truly encounter the world.

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