Its been a busy 14 months since we returned to the UK after completing our first international cycling tour, biking the 5,300 miles from New York to LA.
We have kept busy by riding our new All City Big Block Fixed Gear bikes (courtesy of Bike U Like) with the guys from Southsea Fixed Gear Cycling, while also going on a couple of mini tours and short cycling adventure. We have watched the Tour de France go through the town I grew up in, cycled form sunrise to sun set on the longest day of the year and Alex not only ran her first half marathon she also learnt to drum with Batala Portsmouth and performed at some huge gigs including Bestival, Notting Hill Carnival and many more!
As fun as all this has been we have both felt a strong calling to get back on the road. It is not that there is anything wrong with our life in Southsea. We both have a great group of friends, full time jobs, a nice rented flat and it would be easy to continue as we have been this year if it wasn’t for the lack of daily adventure, excitement and noticeable disconnect from nature!
The world we live in is very safe and predictable, our time is measured out by work, rest and play and despite trying to make the most of play, work takes up the majority of our time. We have no responsibilities, no kids, no mortgage, no debt, no contracts, I don’t even own a mobile phone so what’s stopping us from repacking our panniers and heading out on the open road once more. The answer is simple, nothing is stopping us, nothing except ourselves, our worries, our doubts and our fears! I spend most of my time dreaming up adventures, some I see through, but many I put down as dreams or add to the bucket list for another day. However, after drinking form the bike touring bottle once all these barriers seem somehow less insurmountable now then they used to.
With this in mind we recently quit our jobs, gave notice on the flat and purchased a couple of around the world plane tickets! We will be heading to New Zealand on the 6th of December for what will hopefully be 6 month of touring and WWOOFing. After which we will cross to Australia before heading home via Southeast Asia. The trip will differ greatly form our last as we have no destination, no time restrains (except those imposed by our visa’s) and no real expectations of what to expect. We have purposefully done very little in the way of planning or research and instead are fully trusting ourselves to the road and the people we will meet along it.
Our motivation for blogging about our experiences is also very simple, it was other peoples blogs, people like Russ Roca and Laura Crawford of The Path Less Pedaled and Tom Allen form TomsBikeTrip that first sowed the seed in use that has helped us grow to where we are now. In turn we would love you to share in our experiences and hopefully it will encourage you too to step out of normality and experience something AMAZING!