Since leaving Asheville back in May, our trip has taken us from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the heights of the Empire State Building. Along the way, we have traveled over 10,000 miles and crossed the borders of 23 states and 1 foreign country. It has been a memorable journey so far.
It has been a gift to have the time and resources to make this trip. We have had some amazing experiences including participating in the Bryce 100, canoeing down the Green River, and bicycling into Quebec. Our travels have given us the opportunity to reconnect with old friends now far flung across the country and to spend extended periods of time with our family.
We are back in the Southeast now, and as the heat of summer finally begins to dissipate, a new phase of the journey is about to begin. Our bank accounts won’t allow us to continue traveling indefinitely and for now, our restless urges are satiated. We are preparing to get back to work. We will spend October working bicycle tours in the Outer Banks before settling down for the winter months in Southwest Florida where Mary will work as a nurse in Naples and I will cook for the staff and students of North Carolina Outward Bound in Everglades City.
Although it has been challenging at times, being homeless and living The Dirtbag Way has not gotten old yet. We will enjoy being in one location for a few months, but we have no intention of staying put long term anytime soon. The freedom and lightness we are experiencing right now is far more appealing to us than the weight of responsibility we were feeling as full-time employees and home owners. So as we wind down into a period of relative stability, thoughts of the next adventure will fill our days and our nights will be consumed with dreams of the road.