• Well, I now know without a doubt that Russ is a very talented photographer. I’ve never seen our driveway look so good!

    And I think you’ve captured in words the difference in being destination oriented versus journey oriented. You are very fortunate to both have the same orientation. I’ve traveled with people who were very destination oriented and tried to adhere to strict time tables and schedules. I’m not making a judgment but that just seems to suck all the fun out of touring (okay, I guess I did make a judgment).

    Very nice post, Jack Moore

    August 29, 2010
  • Stuart Knoles

    Now, that is how to use the body.

    August 29, 2010
  • Jimmy

    sometimes the fastest way to a fun time is to slow down.
    you keep on pedaling
    austin tx

    August 29, 2010
  • Bryon

    keep takin’ your sweet time… enjoy

    August 29, 2010
  • G.E.

    What a beautiful way to look at life in general, even leaving bicycling out of the equation. We all look at things differently, and some of us enjoy the journey at a slower place to take in all of those moments that will never be recaptured.

    August 29, 2010
  • ethan


    August 29, 2010
  • Andy

    It may feel like defense, but I’m sure you are planting ideas in a few racers’ heads too.

    PS: From your title ‘shiftless bums’, I was ready for a good story about Carrboro NC, haha!

    August 29, 2010
  • Cheers to that! Very well written. That’s one of the things I love most about riding. There’s so much to see, and so many inspiring people to meet when you are free and open on a bike. You don’t get that cooped up in a vehicle. And you don’t get that speeding by at 20mph on your bike either.

    August 29, 2010
  • Very well put. I been stopped bye alot of roadies myself, and the first thing is “Wow how much stuff do you have and what is your weight”. I just ask them what would you carry if you sold everything and decided to travel bye Bicycle. But like you there’s no time limit of where you have to be or it’s not like your in a race. Most people that tour across the country only have a couple to 3 months off of work to do so. I rushed across the northern states in 2 months but I wanted to see the Pacific ocean. I hate to see what people have to say when I ship to Europe this spring with the normal panniers, and a bob trailer. Hey I want my back pack and hicking boots.
    But them racers are never going to see what we see. There to busy looking down at the road with there race position.

    August 29, 2010
  • Mark

    I think what you guys are doing, and the way you are doing it, is inspiring. When I grow up, again, I want to be just like you. The meandering life is the life for me. You’ve taught me things about my own state that I would never have known from any established route. I can’t wait to get to the Saxapahaw General Store. Thanks for introducing it to me.

    August 29, 2010
  • tania and jon

    where’s the “like” button?! 🙂

    August 29, 2010
  • Willy Theodorus

    Very well written, Russ.

    August 30, 2010
  • Ryan Good

    Amen, brother! You guys continue to inspire me. By the by, I am staying with Carl and Beth next week, and I suspect your name will come up around the campfire! We’ll think of you both fondly and look forward to seeing you when you’re back out this way. Thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us readers.

    Ryan and Shannon

    August 30, 2010
  • Steve Cifka

    Amazing Russ and Laura. I caught your presentation as you began in Portland last summer. Been following you ever since. You have changed my life from watching you have the courage to grab on, act on, and savor what most matters to you. Bravo, thank you, and happy, happy travels.

    August 30, 2010
  • In my whittling, I SAVOR the time I spend with my block of wood & pocketknife. Others go faster, but do they get as much from it??? I think not! Same applies to you. You will get the most out of biking the way you are doing it, not the racers. Each has it’s place of course, but I’ll take a pleasure ride over a exhausting one any time. Peddle on!! :))

    October 11, 2010
  • Daniel young

    I donated all of my “stuff” to Salvation Army and climbed onto the back of my pack mule. ( my LHT ) I’m off to see America.
    The first thing people want to know, is how many miles a day do I cover? “Well, that always depends on how many coffee shops I stop at or how many people I stop and talk to. The most has been 112 and the least was a. -7. the town (Pierre SD) had a coffee shop with the most amazing cinnamon rolls that 7 miles out of town my great fear took hold. The fear that I would never find a cinnamon roll like that again. So I turned around and went back. I stayed another day

    October 23, 2010
  • NUTS!I wrote a really long response to your article but my internet cut out and I lost it all! Oh well, just wanted to tell you that it was a great post! Great job!

    October 26, 2010
  • dougP

    A while back my touring buds & I discovered the double digit rule. If our average speed exceeded 10 mph, we must have missed something. On one of my best days ever, the distance from campsite A to campsite B was 25 miles, and it took all day, with 5-10 miles of side trips, coffee stops & casual conversations. You two are doing it right.

    October 28, 2010
  • Nicely said. Love the line about bicycles are the vehicles to move your curiosity around the country. I get caught up in the mileage thing easily, will re-read this post every time that starts happening!

    November 27, 2010
  • Dave

    I am extremely envious of your lifestyle. My daily ride is NOTHING like yours. Six years ago, when I began working in London, I bought a Brompton M3L to commute with. I have ridden all kinds of two wheelers, both off road and on road and thought riding in London would be a doodle.

    After all, there are cycle lanes, bus lanes, and spaces at the front of other traffic for two wheelers to stop at traffic lights. Because I travel early morning and late afternoon, I felt a light front and rear and yellow jacket should take care of visibility.

    When I bought my headlight at the bike shop the salesman persuaded me into buying the strobe type. When I asked him if that would impair my night vision he told me they were not to help me to see, but to be seen by the cars ,lorries, and taxi’s that were out to get me.

    Since using the (18” wide) cycle lanes I have been forced time and again into the pavement by wide Lorries, and carelessly parked vans have forced me into the rush hour traffic.

    Bus lanes are even more perilous as the bendy busses will pull out to pass me and then pull back catching me in an ever tightening parabola of steel, while taxi’s will hover 6” behind one to intimidate one into pulling over.

    The spaces at the front at traffic lights are the most terrifying of all. There is usually an assortment of bikes spread out in front of all the heavyweight traffic and all wobble off, jockeying for position as the phalanx of traffic surges around and between the bikes.

    What you are describing on your trips are what I expect when i die and go to heaven for being a good boy

    May 16, 2012

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