Preparing for Our Working & Living Remote Launch

  • Launching
  • Pre-pay eggs at a gas station in route
  • This is Not a Toy!
  • Dinner with THE SF gang!
  • Dinner with Rod, Kathy, Luke & Mark
  • Boo & Lu!
  • Our initial launch car set up
  • Our new bicycle license plates!

Fortunately both Steve and I roll well with a bit of chaos because that is exactly what ensued after we made our decision to experiment with living and working remotely from national park areas. We made the decision on 1/31/15 and the next day both of us informed our respective housemates that we were terminating our month-to-month leases. I needed to be out of my space in 2 weeks and Steve by the end of the month. So began the quick planning and scheming. Continue reading

Recap and Pulling the Trigger 2015

  • Where Steve & I Met - Campground in Austria
  • Good Bye SF - We love you!!
  • Our initial launch car set up

By way of a recap, Steve and I met in passing at a campground in Austria this past summer while bicycling.  He began his bicycle touring adventure in Ethiopia, then flew to Greece and bike up through the Balkan countries over the Austrian Alps to where I met him (www.dafarafet.com).  I married my bicycle last March, 2014, then cycled down the coast of Northern California, and then flew into Paris and was cycling east through Europe and about to cross the Alps when I met Steve. Thus, we were heading opposite directions when we met in passing in a campground in Austria.  Continue reading

The Scots Are Darn Nice Folks!

  • Cycling Break!
  • Campground Ullapool
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Cool housing in Ullapool
  • Time for Art in Ullapool, Scotland
  • Cycling Obstacles
  • Sunset in Ullapool
  • Campground Owners in Ullapool
  • Campground Ullapool, Scotland
  • Beach in Ullapool, Scotland
  • Ullapool, Scotland
  • Cycling to Inverness, Scotland
  • Kilts are fun.
  • Loopallu Music festival Ullapool, Scotland
  • Ullapool Music Festival, Scotland
  • Tunnel in London
  • Cycling to Inverness, Scotland
  • Tour bus arrived while wild camping outside Inverness

On the first night at the remote campground (Ardmair Point Campground), our neighbors invited us into their camper-home to cook and dine with them.  In the morning, Steve and I unfortunately learned the hard way that we had accidentally set up our tent next to the camper waste disposal area.  One morning awaking to funky smells and gurgling sounds was enough to prompt a move.  We relocated our home to a site along the seashore — not yet realizing the challenges that would present. Continue reading

What Would You Do?

  • Wild goats!
  • Wild Goat crossing!
  • Sink holes...no camping.
  • View to Ullapool
  • Laughing Sheep
  • Couples night!
  • Garilock, Scotland
  • Scottish folk jam night and sing-a-long

Every cyclist and hiker that we met returning from their travels in the highlands of Scotland described the area as beautiful but rather brutal. Midgies (very small biting insects) were out in full force. Those beasts, plus non-stop rain, curtailed many outdoor adventure seekers plans. With a pint of Scottish lager under each of our belts, Steve and I asked one another what we would each do if we were on our own? Continue reading

Closure & New Beginnings

  • Route to super market in Scotland
  • Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve in Scotland
  • Ride to grocery story in Achnasheen
  • Mushrooms in Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
  • Near Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Looking out to tent from inside Ledgowan Lodge in Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Campground in Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Scotland's oldest plant fossil - 320 mil yrs old
  • World's largest plant fossil at Royal Botanical Garden
  • Vegan Haggis!  Surprisingly good!
  • Misty Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
  • Second cloned mammal at National Museum of Scotland
  • First cloned mammal at National Museum of Scotland

What happens when you come to the end of a journey? When you reach a goal, or a project big ends, or a vacation is over…well, there’s a transition period, right?

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Yak Attack

  • Very cool suitcase guitar!
  • Barn venue at Fringe Festival
  • No Guts, No Sweat, No Glory show set in a boxing gym
  • Musician in boxing gym for Fringe show
  • Rainbow over campground in Edinburgh
  • Campground property in Edinburgh
  • Torture museum and underground vault tour
  • Beautiful venue in Edinburgh at Fringe
  • Silly Fringe venues
  • Outside a cool Fringe venue
  • Fireworks from the bus in Edinburgh
  • Fireworks in Edinburgh
  • Fireworks over the castle in Edinburgh
  • Cycling along the coast of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m soooo not a yakker! I’ve only puked two times in my entire life. Once when I was 4 onto our new white carpet, and once a few years back in Honduras when a 24 hour bug flew around the island where I was living. Neither time was the experience anything like what I felt on the train from London to Edinburgh Continue reading

The Change Up

  • Crossing to the Isle of Wight
  • Entering Yarmouth on Isle of Wight, England
  • Seaside Amusement Park on Isle of Wight...love those!!!
  • Illuminated Parade in Shanklin
  • Beach rentals on Isle of Wight
  • Shanklin Beach
  • Shanklin bbeach on the Isle of Wight
  • Beautiful Campground on Isle of Wight
  • Awesome German camping neighbors!
  • Steve and I leaving the Isle
  • Rog & Dee & their baby...
  • Fiona...only other solo cycling gal I've met.
  • Foxes everywhere in London...normal?
  • Crossing Tower Bridge in London
  • Small beers at the Nigerian Restaurant
  • The Eye in London
  • Proper English scones!
  • Imax Movie in London

While cycling the Southern coast of the Isle of Wight was pretty (& hilly) and happening upon a nifty luminated carnival parade in Shanklin was cool, I was still struggling to be motivated to both write and engage back fully in my experience.  Sometimes in life a change up is needed…and at my five month point on the bicycle, it seems I needed it more than I realized. That change up came in the form of Continue reading

Entering England Wrapped in Plastic

  • Steel plastic wrapped
  • Wild camping in England
  • Me and Vinny!
  • Nice bicycle shop owner that fixed Steel's spoke and breaks!
  • Thames River locks
  • Thames River, Englaand
  • On the road again..la, la, la.
  • English countryside west of London
  • Wild Ponies in New Forest, England
  • Amish??
  • Milford on the Sea, England
  • Pony traffic issues
  • Illuminated Carnival parade in Shanklin on Isle of Wight
  • Most beautiful purple cabbage
  • Camping farm in Milton by the Sea
  • Milton by the sea, English southern coast
  • Dee and mum's recycled plastic hats!!
  • Very English lunch!
  • Port on Isle of Wight
  • Seaside Amusement park!! I love those...Isle of Wight
  • Cycling south of Isle of Wight, England
  • Thatched shops on Isle of Wight
  • Luminated carnival parade

I basically wrapped my bike in a sheet of plastic meant to protect a floor from paint. I duct taped some of my camping gear to Steel and wrapped the whole thing in the plastic (took the air pressure out of my tires, and my pedals and handle bars off) and checked it. Unbelievably the ticketing agent at British airways didn’t flinch. Steel arrived in great shape minus a broken spoke which I blame on me for not securing stuff better. I was met by Vinny Continue reading

Connecting in Italy – unexpected and expected!

  • Florence
  • Nightlife in Florence
  • Endless fields of sunflowers
  • James wishing on famous pig
  • Florence
  • Gelato Joint..one of many!
  • Tent problems!
  • Tony with our $1.50 bubbly!
  • Tony and I in Florence
  • Spelunking dog!
  • Florence
  • Florence
  • Michelangelo Campground cafe view
  • Fountains in Florence

I suppose the cluster-f!@# (hair-raising) events leading up to Florence, made the next series of events seem all the sweeter. Florence is where my old friend Tony (he’s not really THAT old, our friendship is. Ha!) and I decided to meet up. Amazingly we would be celebrating our 10 year anniversary of meeting, and this would mark the 7th country in which we would gather. I have not seen or talked to a friend or family member in months so I was excited to convene. However, I had one day in Florence before he would arrive. Continue reading

Italy Part III: Wild & Weird

  • View from campground cafe in Florence
  • International dinner at Warm Showers home
  • Rainy mosquito camping in farm field in Italy
  • The problemed Velo 7 & 8 signs
  • This goat wanted out!
  • Just outside Manua, Italy
  • Another cool bicycle cafe along the river in Italy
  • Plaza in Mantua where I nibbled
  • Path to castle in Borgetto
  • Borgettto, Italy
  • Borghetto, Italy
  • Borghetto, Italy
  • Sunset over Laga di Garda
  • Larga di Gada
  • Body Painting Contest in Bordolino
  • View before dropping into Larga Di Garda, Italy
  • Along cycle path nearing Laga di Garda area
  • Cycled upon city of Laga di Garda and rainbow popped out!

Oh my…I am hot and tired! I sit and begin writing this on my first train since coming to Europe after attempting to cycle half way to Florence yesterday but I ran into snags. I am supposed to stay with a Warm Shower’s host tonight (little do I know at this point what’s in store for me). Okay let me back up a bit…
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