Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting our website! Let me bring you up to speed on what's going on with Nathan and I... :)
Toward the end of June, we decided to do what some would call "jumping off the deep end" and others would call "the adventure of a lifetime". In short, we have decided to resign from our jobs, ride our bikes across the United States, and start a business!
One of the major reasons this trip…this "venture from normalcy" if you will…is possible is because we're now debt-free (woo-hoo)! Nathan and I have worked hard to become, and stay, debt-free. Because we're debt-free, we've been able to build up our savings. Because we have savings, we have options. And what's the best thing to do when you have options…USE THEM!!
So, this trip is a celebration of our hard work, a chance to reach for our dreams, and the start of a new era in our lives! As such, we've dubbed it: The Wild Blue Yonder Tour. We figure the time is right (no house, no kids, no debt), so we're putting our plans in motion...two-wheeled motion (ba-dum-bum).
Our last day of work will be August 6, 2010. The next week, we're off to see Nathan’s sister Carleen marry Zach, the love of her life, in Indiana. Then, on August 15, the very next day after the wedding, we’ll board a plane and head for the start of our bike trip: Oregon’s Pacific coast!
We've talked about biking across the United States since we got married in 2006, so for those of you who think riding all that way sounds torturous…don’t worry…we WANT to do it. :-) Here is a picture of us on a previous, overnight bike trip in Iowa where we rode to the Mississippi River and dipped our tires in the Big Muddy.
As I mentioned, we're starting at the west coast of Oregon in a little town called Astoria. Our route will take us 5,000 miles across the good ole US of A, and we'll finish up in Hatteras, NC in the Outer Banks. We'll be camping, cooking our own food, and meeting lots of new people along the way. We're planning to make a couple of stops to visit with friends and family, including possibly seeing my brother, Evan, who may be on temporary leave from his duties with the Army in Afghanistan in October(!). Check out our map, and let us know if you want to visit us or even ride w/ us while we're on the trip!
There are tons of reasons for the trip, but the biggest ones are (in no particular order): 1) to get away, re-focus, re-fresh, 2) to have a great adventure together, and 3) to really explore what's next in our lives and what kind of business we'd like to start.
"That sounds cool and all, but wait a minute," you interrupt. "You mean you quit your jobs and you don't really even know what you kind of business you want to start when you get back from your bike trip!?! Isn't that kind of important?!"
Well, some might think so. J However, we don't think it's necessary to have everything planned out just yet. Proverbs 16:9 says that a man plans his steps, but the Lord directs His path. We have a bunch of business ideas floating around, but we want to leave room for God to guide and direct our path, so we are using the trip as a time of listening and looking for that direction.
We feel content to enjoy our ride one day at a time and confident that we can adapt to whatever comes our way...even if that means flipping burgers for a time when we return. Plus, no one wants to sit around 10 years from now and say "I wish I would've....", so equipped with some good mentors, good bikes, and excitement for all the possibilities, we figure we'll give our plans a go!
Are you excited yet?! Do you want to keep following our journey and see what happens?! You never know who we'll meet, what we'll see, and what kind of stories we'll have to tell as we ride across the country: bear sightings, amazing apple-pie tastings, near-dehydration stories, and who knows what else! We're excited to share our adventures with you - so excited in fact, that we're packing a camera, video camera, phones, and a computer for our trip! We'll be posting like crazy, so stay tuned to TheRoadTo.org for updates. You can visit the site to check for new news or sign up on our home page to receive emails when we update.
Until next time, as the more seasoned, long-distance bikers say, 'happy tail winds' everyone!