Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Getting Started

What do you do when you lose your job and find out you're expecting a child?

Drop everything, and escape on your bicycle, of course.

Adam has just got out of the Army, and my job in Durham wound to an end. We have a little money saved, and we decided that this opportunity was not likely to present itself again. After lots of consideration, Karen told me to go for it. After the baby comes, there will be no more trips like this for a long time to come. Its now or never.

On the first of February, we'll start on the beach in San Diego and head east on our bikes. We're fully self-sufficient, which means we'll be camping and cooking our own food. We'll have no support following us, and we'll be carrying all of our own gear - bike supplies, camping and cooking gear, and clothes.

We plan on a two-month trip, finishing up on the east coast on Adam's birthday, March 28th. Our route will keep as far south as possible to avoid the worst weather. We'll go through southern Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso, Del Rio, and on to Austin. From there our route is less well defined - it will be largely determined by how much time we have remaining, what the weather is like, and how we feel.

We'll try to post as often as possible, uploading our location, pictures, and descriptions of what we see and do. This blog is meant to keep everyone interested in our trip up to date, and to relieve the worry of some of our family members. We'll try to post as often as possible, but we'll be limited by how often we can find a keyboard and an internet connection. Check back, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions


  1. Wow, sooo cool! Have a wonderful time, I will be looking forward to talking with you about your adventure back at the kwoon :-)

  2. Hope your bikes come today so you can get started. Pedal fast and safe.
    -karen 143

  3. wow, i am now very jealous... good luck man, lots of time to think of the great dad you will be... cheers