Welcome to our mid-life adventure blog!
After working for 20 years in relatively intense jobs (IT and law) we have decided it’s time to quit talking about things we dream of doing ‘someday’ and start doing them now. So, we are taking a break from the rat race and intend to head out on an open-ended bicycle tour. The plan is to ride around Australia (in celebration of recently becoming Australian citizens), then head up into Asia and across to Europe. Other than Australia the route is still undefined, as part of the goal is to have an unstructured life for a change. Plus, we need to save something think about while we ride through the endless outback!
Cycling has been part of our life for many years – Dave started riding in 1987 as therapy after blowing out his knee pretending to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar; I (Nancy) started riding soon thereafter. We spent many happy hours riding our Lippy tandem (including our honeymoon across the US) but have also done multiple loaded bike tours on our single touring bikes (we’ve posted some of our journals under the ‘Previous Trips’ link). A long term bicycle tour, with no scheduled end date, has been a goal for several years. No more talking about it – it’s time to do it.
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 2-3 years, but we have no set period – we will just see how we go.
As bushwalking is also one of our favorite activities we are kicking off this change of pace by hiking the Bibbulmun Track end to end. The track runs from Perth to Albany in Western Australia, and is just under 1000k. We will be carrying our gear, and expect it to take approximately 7 weeks. It will be a great way to transition into this new approach to life. We will try to post some while we are on the hike but expect it will be limited. See the separate Bibbulmun link above.
So, off we jump – as they say up north, you never never know if you never never go.