A little over two weeks ago I came up with the idea of selling my flotsam (Hundreds of unused items I've collected over the years.), hopping on my bicycle and riding off into the sunrise.
Recently there were a couple of events that planted and watered this bicycling-away seed:
Two weeks ago I was watching the Ewan McGregor/ Charley Boorman documentaries "Long Way Down" and "Long Way Round." These were the accounts of Ewan and Charley's around-the-world and northern-tip-of-Europe-to-southern-tip-of-Africa motorcycle journeys.
I had finished watching the "Long Way Down" series and the next evening begun "Long Way Round." The next day I had a City Tour. The first person I picked up was this British fellow in his mid-50's. Clive. He climbed aboard and as I always do, I inquired about his reason for visiting Seattle. He said, "I'm on a round-the-world motorcycle trip."
WHAT?! What are the chances?! Not only was I in the middle of watching this series, but it was the same series that had inspired his trip and he knew it very well. (He spoke of Ewan and Charley like they were old mates of his.)
At the end of the tour Clive was disembarking at the waterfront and I asked if he wouldn't mind if I met up with him to hear more about his adventures. He gave me his cell number and we later met downtown after I'd returned the bus. I bought him a Guinness and peppered him with questions. After weeks in Mongolia, Siberia and other non-English-speaking regions, I think he was happy to be someplace where he could talk about the trip. Not to mention having a pint of Guinness.
Our conversation covered Clive's adventures through Europe and Asia, but also veered to talk of life-changing journeys and throwing caution to the wind.
It was two days later that I came up with the idea of riding away on my bicycle with no real plan or itinerary.
I'd originally considered doing the trip on motorcycle but decided that a bicycle possibly invites more contact with people along the way and affords a closer connection with the environment/surroundings.
[By the way, Clive has a website documenting his trip: http://www.clivesworldbiketour.com/rss.html Click 'Updates' to see a mention of me. Also click 'Photo Gallery' to see me in the 'Seattle' photos.]