• “Anyone who has ever traveled has, no doubt, experienced that moment when, suddenly, everything is right with the world.”
    I have travelled here and abroad though not in bicycles and experienced a similar epiphany.
    “We needed to step into bigger versions of ourselves, and start building something that will outlast the stories of a single journey.”
    It’s a great moment of self-discovery.

    November 27, 2011
  • Nice post. If you guys ever come to Europe make sure to visit Ireland, lots of quite back roads, beautiful countryside, friendly people and great music and arts. I look forward to it.

    November 27, 2011
  • Jason Brune

    Laura and Russ. One of the great things about following your blog is seeing the evolution of your lives. Keep up the great work.

    November 27, 2011
  • Fab post guys you need bad days to appreciate the good ones. You have been an inspiration for our travels and you may have no idea how many people you have touched with your thoughts and refections. Thank you Chris on the BIG trip

    November 28, 2011
  • Clayton Pauer

    What you’re doing is exactly right and will lead to exactly where you want to be. The two of you inspire me everyday. In June I transferred my job from Michigan to Southern Oregon. I sold almost everything I own including my truck. I purchased a bike when I arrived in Medford. I travel by bike and public transportation only now. Medford (Southern Oregon)is not a bike friendly area, but I do it anyway because it’s right and the lifestyle represents who I am. I don’t have a lot of local encouragement, so it helps me to visit the two of you via facebook and blog now and again. Stay the course! What you’re doing is important.

    November 28, 2011
  • Julie

    There’s this great quote by Zora Neale Hurston, from “Their Eyes Were Watching God”: “There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.” Keep working’ it out! You guys are still on to something amazing!

    November 29, 2011
  • I had a similar issue, since I’d planned to cross the entire US from Pacific to Atlantic, and ended in all places, Cleveland. It wasn’t what I expected, and had I made different choices along my journey, I may have made it all the way across. In my case, the decision was whether to go for mileage or to relax and enjoy the ride. I decided to enjoy the ride, and unfortunately, I ran out of “year” before getting to the east coast. Sure, I could have tried to extend another couple of weeks, but part of the trip is learning to listen to the ebbs & flows in your life and to recognize when reaching a particular goal might take more than you’re able or willing to give. It definitely sounds like the two of you made some tough choices and decisions this year, and I expect that they’ll pay off next year. You both have amazing skills to create and market your wares, and you’ve built this wonderful community of people who follow your travels and care about where you go and what you do – and about you, in general. That’s a rare and wonderful thing, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring to the both of you. I’m really looking forward to reading about adventures in the wilds of the world, and it sounds like next year won’t disappoint!

    November 30, 2011

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