Welcome to our mid-life adventure blog! Well, I’m not sure that you can actually call it a “mid-life adventure” once you are north of 50, but we’re sticking with that theme. We started this blog back in 2010 when we were getting ready for our first major career break and extended bicycle tour. That trip turned into a 22,000k, 26 country odyssey and can be found here if you are having trouble sleeping and want to read more. We had so many great adventures on that trip, we promised ourselves we’d do another “big trip” once we came back to the real world for a couple years and had a chance to top-up the old savings accounts. Well, as these things go, a couple years morphed into almost four years, but we are finally ready to head out again.
There are heaps of places that we want to ride our bikes but age is starting to work itself into the equation. Not so much the “too old to ride” age, but rather the “fear of bear/bandit” age (FOB age). That is, when your FOB age gets to a certain point, there is a risk that places like Alaska and parts of Central America become too scary (in your mind) to ride. There are only so many David Attenborough videos (fear of bears) and Tijuana CNN live feeds (fear of bandits) that you can watch before these otherwise wonderful travel destinations become mental no-go zones. While our FOB age is still manageable (but climbing), we’ve decided to seize the day and take on the whole length of the Americas. Yup, we’re starting in Alaska and not stopping (okay, other than a few breaks along the way) until we reach the bottom in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
As with most of our trips, we will be carrying our lives on the bikes – tent, stove, food, clothing and whatever else we can fit. We expect to live simple lives that will allow us to continue for at least 2 years, but we have no set period – we will just see how we go and when we run out of road. Naturally, the first thing we’ll buy when we reach Alaska is bear spray. And naturally, the second thing we’ll buy is the “how to use bear spray” training video.
The plan is to start riding in May 2017, somewhere in Alaska (just as the bears wake up from their hibernation!). We’ll make a few blog posts about getting ready between now and then. We’ll see if we can manage daily blogs once the trip commences – depending on much daily bear spraying we have to do. As per normal, if you want to get blog updates regularly, you can subscribe via the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION instructions on the home page.
The whole Alaska to Argentina blog collection can be found here (there’s not much to it yet as we’ve not started!).
So, bears and bandits or not, we’re off.