Life on a Bike

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”

Those inspiring words by Gil Bailie are what prompted Californians Cari and Mike to set off on the physical and emotional adventure of a lifetime:  a bicycle tour around the world.

Unadulterated enthusiasm is the hallmark of this bicycle touring blog.   The couple’s adventurous spirit and zest for life spill over into their writing and make you want to jump off the couch, hop on your bike and explore the world for yourself.

Cari and Mike love to bike, they love to travel and they love each other.  They figured there’s no better time than the present to combine their favorite loves and see what happens.

Life on a Bike is their story.  The tour began in the US in June 2010, and with a combination of cycling and hitching rides, they’ve already made it all the way to Patagonia.

Their blog documents day to day life on the road with humor and sensitivity.  Here’s one of their very first posts dealing with lessons learned in the early days of their bicycle tour:

TOP 10 REALIZATIONS FROM WEEK ONE

10.  Occasionally our bodies are going to tell us that they need a rest and we have no choice but to listen.

9.  It’s not as difficult as you’d think to push a 100-pound bike to the top of a mountain.  Thank god for granny gears!

8.  Although I thought I would, I still don’t get to sleep in….we quickly learned it’s best to be on the road by 6 a.m. to avoid wind, traffic and heat.

7.  The miles go by slowly, but time flies.  I occasionally look down at my computer to find 2 hours have passed but we’ve only gone 20 miles.

6.  Non-cyclists are curious of our travels, amazed that we’ve gone so far (though we’ve hardly just begun) and never hesitate to tell us of all the local bike mishaps that have happened in the last three decades.
5.  Despite all of the years I fought with my Mom about going to bed early, I’ve realized that 7:30 is the perfect bed time after a long day of play.

4.  “People in vehicles get to see it, but don’t really experience it.”  A quote from Ollie who briefly rode with us en route to Portland.  This is so true.  In a car you are sheltered and everything flies by so quickly, while on a bike we feel the strength of the wind, the steepness of the hills, the sudden changes in temperature.  We smell the scents of the ocean, grasslands, forest and cities, and we see everything from the little bugs scuttling across the pavement to the wildlife and wildflowers along the side of the road.

3.  It should be a life requirement for everyone to ditch the hectic, scheduled, stressful lives they live and do whatever makes them happiest (even if only for a short time).  Absolute freedom is the best feeling in the world!

2.  Only the crazy folks ride north along the Pacific Coast.  The smart people go south with mostly downhill terrain and the wind at their backs.

1.  I didn’t think it was possible to be happier than I was – but I am.

Japan is next up on Cari and Mike´s bicycle tour.  Why not follow along on their Life on a Bike blog and see what crazy adventures come their way.

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