32 comments


  • Beautiful post…thanks.

    November 07, 2010
  • Marcey

    Your thoughts are incredibly insightful. Your photos are beautiful, esp. in black and white.

    Keep riding and writing.

    November 07, 2010
  • Stuart Knoles

    Universal reality arising from a unique individual experience; yet everyone desires that. What are the universal conditions, requirements. Why must it be persuaded; why lost? A basic theme repeated. From this fine reflective essay if Russ, I get an increased insight and appreciation for the practical value of the procedure of transcending: to come completely out of boundaries of life – to have natural regular travel from boundaries to complete unboundedness then back and back and … Maybe, I speculate, that fulfills the basic mechanism of travel.

    November 07, 2010
  • Adria

    Thank you for putting into words how I have felt regarding all of my life’s travels, by bike and otherwise. I will be saving this post and will refer to it often. Thank you.

    November 07, 2010
  • Most essays written while traveling reflect personal feelings and emotions in their nascent form. Thank you for letting us be a part of it.

    I have found peace in sweeping my floors, albeit with a plastic broom left behind by an old roommate. I am glad other people have discovered it too.

    November 07, 2010
  • ethan

    Wonderful. Thank you.

    November 07, 2010
  • Richard Díaz-Cataldo

    I rejoice in your insight and mindfulness. Thanks with my heart for sharing this and much other things. You can keep still for a time and still see and experiences the basic truths that you encountered while traveling; you need a different mindset, a different focus. I do wish for you to maintain and savor it while back in OR 🙂

    November 07, 2010
  • Jim

    Fantastic Post. Thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom. Love your blog and have been following since the beginning.
    Hope to see you out on the road sometime.
    Jim

    November 07, 2010
  • Jeff

    Funny how going begets one kind of creativity, yet stopping begets its own. Beautiful and meaningful post, Pirsig is right yet again, the zen at the mountain is the zen you bring with you. The zen on bike is the zen you bring with you and alas. . .the zen on the train is the zen you bring with you…

    November 07, 2010
  • I love the idea of keeping the mindset of the traveler, even when you’re at home. When I’m on the road, I feel like a more open, creative and adventurous version of myself. You’ve inspired me to try to apply that mindset to my non-traveling life. I hope you do the same when you settle down for a while in Portland. Good luck!

    November 07, 2010
  • michal

    Very Nice… as always, we journey to find ourselves. Ideally, smiling at the discovery.

    November 08, 2010
  • That was an absolutely beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

    November 08, 2010
  • Paul Harwood

    Russ, A great reminder to stay, even in spirit, always a traveler….and maybe a reminder that even in a daily commute you can discover new adventures and continue to grow inner peace and reflextion! Thanks for including all of us on your and Laura’s adventures! Enjoy the Winter in Portland!

    Paul

    November 08, 2010
  • The other Carl

    Beautiful.

    November 08, 2010
  • Erik

    Great post. I hope the domesticate months do not slow your blogging. I hope to see a post about traveling cross country on Amtrak.

    November 08, 2010
  • WiW

    Beautiful post.

    Thank you for documenting your travels. Your posts have made for great reading.

    All the best in this next phase of your life.

    November 09, 2010
  • Another reflective and well-written post Russ. Please don’t stop sharing/writing. 🙂

    November 09, 2010
  • Liz

    This is one of the best personal essays that I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing your insights.

    November 10, 2010
  • Adam

    You two are truly sharing a gift with us, to include us along this journey of yours, through the world and into your hearts.

    Hope our paths cross again some day.

    With love,
    Adam

    ps-touched by the sweeping poetry

    November 11, 2010
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    November 12, 2010
  • rich

    I cut the last paragraph you wrote above, and pasted into a word document, and printed it… absolutely beautiful!

    It captures so much that I believe, but never have organized my thoughts they way you did. Thank you!

    November 12, 2010
  • Shawn

    I may not have ever been on a bike tour, but I sure know when I feel moved by something. Your writing is inspiring. Thank you.

    November 13, 2010
  • Stephen Lambert

    Stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have just finished reading from start to finish. As with any good read, I’m a bit sad that I’ve “finished” or in this case caught up. Please keep it coming, I’m sure your settling back in to a “normal” life will be as interesting as your travels. Ive watched and really enjoyed as your writing styles have matured, as well as your abilities as bicycle tourists. Now I know why your bags are so big, you bring so much zen for all of us to share…..
    Be well, stay in touch

    November 16, 2010
  • What a beautiful post. I’ve fallen in love with your words. I’ll definitely save this one to read whenever I’m feeling down during my travels. Thank you for this gift.

    November 17, 2010
  • Great writing. The journey is a state of mind and a way of seeing the world. You can keep this perspective long after the trip has ended.

    November 23, 2010
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    November 24, 2010
  • I found this on Thanksgiving day and I’m adding it to my list of things I’m thankful for. It’s one of the most profound things I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    November 25, 2010
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    November 27, 2010
  • Nicely said. You’ve expanded on a favorite traveling quote – “A traveler sees what he sees. A tourist sees what he’s come to see.” Thanks for writing this article.

    November 28, 2010
  • Jorgensen

    Yes, Beautiful…

    And so saying, I’m concerned…

    How can you go anywhere without preparation? How do you know you can get income? It’s been 10 years now since my last full-time job, staying in my area, and I have yet to find the knack to regular employment, and struggle to generate income. Then, travelling would be many times harder to find income.

    So, what trick do you use to find work and income wherever you go? Or is the universe just bent on me being financially disconnected? Begging is just not in my psychological makeup — to do so feels to me like continually insulting yourself.

    February 25, 2011
  • Daniel

    That was a beautiful article. I searched Google for “traveling without moving” and encountered it. It perfectly summarizes what I mean when I tell someone that I’m a traveler, even when I remain in one place.
    I can send you a kindred spirit, I hope someday we meet. Thank you

    December 19, 2014
  • Jake

    I felt obligated to comment here. As another adventurer at heart, your words really spoke to me. I’m currently locked in the world of school and careers, but your writing instantly took me back to many times and places experienced on the road. I can’t wait to get back out there. I hope you continue to have such awesome experiences. Safe travels my ramblin’ friend.

    March 19, 2015

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