The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions,
and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world.
My 3 Books
I write, self publish and sell
books about touring
Where am I?
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Places I have been
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present
/ Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010
Sept 2007 to May 2008
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007
SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006
June 2003 to June 2004
AZ, Mexico, and
March 2002 to April 2003
How I started
The 5 years before I left
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Equipment Pages Index
How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
more about Sponsorship)
HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs
Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
all 3 book)
Questions and Answers with a Greek Web Site about the Around
the World Bicycle Tour and Nomadic Travel Lifestyle.
1. Would you change your life for a lot of
money and a big house?
We already gave up a lot of money and the opportunity to buy a
bigger house to take this trip so these material things can not tempt us again.
Before we left we both had good jobs and could have bought many nice things but
instead we chose to travel the rest of our lives. Because we can always go
back to our old lifestyle of money and material possessions we choose a nomadic life on our
bicycles everyday. A big house and income only requires a bike ride to the
nearest airport, slap down the credit card, and a flight home to Arizona but we will never
go back. Seeing the world is the biggest house and freedom is the greatest wealth.
2. What keeps you going?
The opportunity to continuously see new things, meet new people,
and to learn and grow everyday is what keeps us moving down the road.
3. Have you ever been to Greece?
Cindie has been to Greece but not on a bike and Tim has not been
anywhere in Europe. It doesn't really
count as visiting a beautiful place like Greece until we have ridden a bike
across it. Bicycle Touring is such a deeper level of travel end emersion into
the culture. We would love to visit Greece and the rest of Europe some day and
plan to, maybe several times, before this trip is over. The biggest obstacle to
a European/Greek tour is the sinking US dollar and the strong Euro. Our day
will come and we promise to visit. Any suggestions?
4. When do you get to write your books? On the road?
We do most of our writing during bad weather while we are
confined to our tent with the computer on battery power. The editing and other
work involved with publishing our books is mostly done while we are on 2 - 3
month breaks about every 18 months of travel. Tim made a short video describing
how we work on our books linked to below.
5. Do you have any other plans?
We plan to continue touring the world for the next 20+ years on
bicycles then we will see what happens. When we are to old to travel on bicycles we will buy an old RV
(caravan) and travel around North America the easy way. Tim made a video
from a radio interview where this question is also answered
6. Do you miss your friends or family?
Yes, but we never lived close to our families before we left.
Now we get to visit more often and for longer periods of time. Our circle of
friends has expanded to many parts of the world and they are all loved, missed,
and revisited in due time.
7. Would you settle down one day?
We can not picture living in one place and setting down roots
right now but eventually we will grow too old to travel and return to our (now
rented) house in the mountains of Arizona, USA
8.Did you change as persons during your
Obviously, traveling this many years is having profound affects
on us but not in ways many would think. These changes are not static but
instead happening slowly, as we experience more of the world and constantly
reevaluate our values. Peering deep into ourselves is the true journey instead
of the superficial line we draw on a map.
When we were on temporary trips the
simplicity and freedom of a bike tour was a vacation from our regular lives of
working, and surviving the rat race. Looking back at the years leading up to
our departure we wonder how we juggled all the complexities of modern life.
There were bills to mail, cars to fix, schedules to keep, bosses to impress, and
a million other things to get done before the end of the day, month, or year.
We used to say, "There aren't enough hours in a day to do all the things that
need to get done." Now we have far less things to worry about and feel like we
have all day to see what will come our way. After several years of living a
simple life on bikes with our possessions being limited to what can be carried
we have evolved into a very simplistic yet open minded way of looking at life.
Everything is beautiful in its own basic way and the great weight of worry and
stress has been lifted from our shoulders. We are free to explore, learn, and
Before this trip we needlessly complicated
the world around us by over analyzing everything until we found faults and
became angry. Traveling has caused us to make peace with our surroundings. For
example, in our own country, instead of seeing good and bad politicians and
political parties we see a democracy and a healthy debate. Instead of seeing
National Parks that need infrastructure upgrades we see pristine mountains.
Obviously if everyone were like us nothing would get done but we have never
wanted everyone to be like us. This is our dream and our reality; we have made
it as painless as possible.
Another big change we have noticed is our growing freedom from "want." During
the years on the road, visiting rich and poor alike, the idea of "I want" will
never be the same. We used to walk through stores and fight the urge to buy all
the things we thought we wanted with that little piece of plastic in our pocket
that promised immediate gratification. It was stressful to want something,
ponder the consequences, and use restraint to deny the purchase or, give in to
our desires and buy it and often feel guilty later. So many people in this
world live on a fraction of what citizens of developed countries consider the
bare essentials and yet find far more happiness in their lives. The most
content people we have met in our travels all have a clear sense of the
difference between want and need. After riding in their countries and staying
in their houses we have learned to open our minds to new perspectives.
The answer is not to make or borrow more money in order to have more possessions
because acquiring material things will never satisfy wanting more. There will
always be something else to want. The secret to happiness is to be content with
what you have and not want things you can not afford. It is much more
fulfilling to feel fortunate when your work has earned enough to cover all your
real needs and have something left over for extras. It is a shift in perception
from agonizing over wanting something like a new TV to being excited when the
household's finances have gone so well that you can have something extra. The
TV is no longer wanted every time it is passed in the store but rather an
unexpected reward for a job well done.
This many years on the road have taught Cindie and me to throw away the big list
of things we would like to own and be content with what we have. We now find
happiness in the simple pleasures of life and don't seek our identities in the
things we own. It sounds so simple and idealistic but the results have been
9. Has anyone tried to follow you on your
Many thousands of people follow our trip every day on our web
www.DownTheRoad.org and a few have rode with us for a few days to a few
weeks at a time. Most of the time it is just the two of us. All are welcome to
ride and camp with us but it is a hard life and few stick around.
10. As a couple do you stick to each other because of what you've seen and
This trip with all the good, bad, and crazy experiences has drawn us closer as a couple. We have gone through it all
together and survived because we are committed to each other. We have learned to work
together as a team to overcome the endless challenges that we face.
Tips & Advice
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Tools and Spares
Pots and Pans
Preventing Flat Tires
Bike Touring Shorts
Have Learned On The Road
Injustice of Poverty
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Cycle Touring Racks
Tents and ground