I’ve been riding most of my life. Several years ago, after several life changing events, we decided we had too much “stuff”. Our first world life of overzealous consumerism had developed a question mark, WHY? Why chase our tails to have more stuff when what we really wanted was to travel and make great memories. Our jobs took up most of our time and energy, and it was draining us.
I had met a man near me in Florida, Ara Gureghian, that had lost everything he treasured in life. He took off in a sidecar rig with his dog, Spirit. His blog, “The Oasis of my Soul”, really hit me hard as my Dad passed away soon after. I read his blog for years. Then we discovered Horizons Unlimited, and saw the movie, “Long Way Down”. I read a book, “Jupiter’s Travels”, by Ted Simon. I read about “2 Ride the World”, Simon and Lisa Thomas. I wanted more.
In 2010 we sold everything and took off in an RV, seeing America and working on the road. We saw the US and rode our motorcycle through every state. Then we did an international motorcycle trip, just us.
We were hooked.
We have since ridden in 57 countries, with several big rides sketched out on maps still to come.
This brings me to the topic of this blog.
Commitments…or a Great Family. A few years ago a friend, Ted Simon, asked me “Why don’t you just go?”. I answered job, family, dog, etc, and he said “So!”.
We got to thinking, Why don’t we just go, why are commitments holding us back. Well, we decided that our commitments were a couple things of our lives we loved, family. It’s said that you can’t have it all. I thought, why not?
So we redesigned our lives. We had zero debt and our expenses were our lives, wherever we are. We didn’t need stuff. We didn’t need a home in one place. What we needed was the only thing you can’t have more of, time.
Now we don’t work and are thrifty with our money. We have bikes on three continents, all valued at a total of $8000. We ride, we camp and we cook.
But most importantly, we see our family.
You can have it all.
We take off next week to ride from Eastern Europe to Nordkapp, then back to the Overland Event in the UK.
Below is what we did the past couple months, with family.