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Bicyclists travel the world

Colonie—While everyone else is wondering whether they’ve build up enough time to take off from work, Cindie and Tim Travis have been bicycling around the world for the past seven and a half years. The married couple came to William K. Sanford Town Library on Wednesday evening to talk about their travels.

They’ve been to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, just to name a few places and they have no plans of slowing down.

“We’re past the point of no return,” Tim Travis, 43, said during an interview with Darren Alf of “Quitting is not an option.”

The couple met in Flagstaff Arizona. Their first date was a mountain bike ride up Mount Elden in Flagstaff. It was after Cindie wanted to buy a tandem bike that everything changed, Travis said on the couple’s website. “I knew, as a lifelong cyclist, that this was the ultimate sign of commitment. Wedding rings are liquid. They can be bought and sold easily. Tandem bicycles are individual machines that fit two specific people in terms of two sizes, style and color.”

They were married in a Las Vegas drive-thru called ‘The Tunnel of Love,’ riding up on single bikes. After the Justice of the peace spoke, the couple switched to their tandem bike for two and rode away, Tim wrote. “We have been joined in this symbolic way every since. We don’t have to be on the same bike to be connected.”

Prior to becoming expert travelers, Cindie had been a geologist, working on water development, sanitation and environmental clean-up projects. Tim was a special education teacher who worked in a residential treatment school for girls 12-18 years old with developmental disabilities.

“After many years of saving and planning we sold everything and rented out our house in Prescott Arizona,” Tim wrote. “On March 30, 2002, we rolled out the door and down the road.” And down the road they went, traveling thousands and thousands of miles to unknown lands equipped with nothing but a bike, clothes and camping gear.

“We ride four to five hours a day,” Cindie had said while interviewed by Alf. “We actually spend more time talking and meeting with people. We don’t have the schedule that most people have.” The Travis’ ride less miles than other touring cyclists. They have no deadline or real destination as Tim had explained. “There’s no rush to get there because there’s no there,” he said.

Besides the rent they collect from their house, the other source of income that keeps them on the road is the books, The Road That Has No End: How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure and Down The Road in South America: A bicycle tour through poverty, paradise, and the places in between. They wrote about their travels and their website that Tim maintains.

In October 6, 2005 in Tibet (Sichuan, China), the Travis’ stopped to rest at the Yak camp. “It started to rain so we decided to make camp off to the side of the road. While we were setting up I realized it was going to be another cold night without a shower and I just cried, why didn’t I get on the bus,” wrote Cindie on their blog. “Tim on the other hand, said, look how beautiful it is here and as I looked up the valley I saw a herd of Yaks coming our way. Yaks, oh boy, I have not seen many up close and personal, that would change quickly…”

Both in their forties, touring cyclists are not for the faint of heart. They not only have to be prepared for equipment failure – flat tires, broken cables, broken chains and chain links – they have to watch for roadside robbers.

“We carry a dummy wallet. It only has today’s money in it. The rest of our debt and credit cards we keep in a safe place,” Cindie said. “We were robbed in Vietnam from a maid who took our travelers checks; but we contacted American Express that had sent over an investigator and we were able to get our money back.”

They have to endure the natural elements and the tough terrain. “When we get back on the road after a few weeks, it takes time to build up on endurance,” Cindie said. “Sore back, sore legs, sore everything; it takes four weeks to get back into the grind of things.”

Their last event this season is in late October in Indiana. Afterwards, they will spend some down time with family and pick up their bikes again only this time they will travel to India and neighboring countries for three years.

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