Q & A about our 10 months of travel. These are questions that our friends and family asked:
Do you feel like superheros after this trip?
(Our friend Scott Aronowitz asked this. He’s lived outside of the US many times) Yes. We do feel like superheros. We just cycled in Laos and Thailand, Iceland and Estonia.
If we could do it again, would I change anything?
We made mistakes about our itinerary, with visas, timing, flights. We didn’t ‘plan’ enough. We used folding bicycles, which are tough to tour on. We made mistakes. But we didn’t know this before we headed out.
And how can we be prepared for everything? I believe the only way to be prepared for everything is to be adaptable, optimistic, and live in the present moment. So, no, I wouldn’t change anything from our travels.
Do I want to travel again, more?
Yes, but more locally. USA, Canada. Kayak, bicycle, sail, hike and camp, practice primitive living skills.
Are you moving out to Washington state?
Yes. Why? Because that’s where Erik wants to live, with his family, near salt water. And I know that I can be happy there too.
I will miss Vermont.
Did you get closer as a couple while traveling?
Yes. We learned to cool the fights off faster, not walking as far down the same ol’ treaded pathways.
How is it returning to work after a year of no work?
Easy. I know how to work.
The things that catch me are 1. I forget to keep track of the date or time now 2. I forget to write things down in a calendar and double check it daily to know ‘what I am supposed to do’ 3. I’m more tired now during the day 4. I’m more money-pinching than ever. I know that I have to earn every single dollar,and I want them to go towards buying land, building a home, food at home, funding travels, a good bicycle, and to giving away to other people. But I don’t need to glorify the dollar, making it the purpose of my every day.
Money is cheap, freedom is expensive – David Stein
Is it hard being back?
Yes. No. The positive is that I love the wild spaces left in the US. The beauty of nature here is astonishing.
The negative is it seems everywhere I look, every inch of land is owned, and much of it by corporations. And, everyone is busy. Busy. Being busy is a highly respected American occupation, and being ‘lazy’ is probably the worst sin anyone could commit. So KEEP BUSY seems to be the underlying message of our government, culture, and work culture.
What are you doing next?
Growing lots of edible bushes, trees and plants. Weaving baskets, weaving a village together. Adventuring, cycling, building a home, meeting my sister’s baby when it arrives,
What did you bring back from your travels?
I have space in my heart and head to create something new. Hope and dreams have room to play again.
I have a strong desire to live in a ‘village’ now, of friendly neighbors and a place where when any of us return from an epic trip, or if a new baby is born, or someone complete’s an important life goal, that there is a village celebration, and recognition of those individuals by a circle of people.
I cycled so far, so long, and mostly, I saw the clumsy hand of humans hacking at the life of the earth. Vast city scapes and marching monculture. It hit me that we are messing up our world EVERYWHERE! I have got to stop adding to the destruction by mindfully consuming and living simply, and by being part of creative, peaceful solutions. After traveling, this is somehow paramount. I knew it before, but now I KNOW it.
Are you going to keep blogging?
Yes. I don’t know exactly what, but whatever is meaningful to me that I think might be meaningful to you. If you wish to unsubscribe from future emails, I take no offense!
Thank you for being with me and Erik on this journey.