Q. Are you a trust fund or rich?
A. No not at all at this point just over 6 months in I only have $50 dollars to my name.
Q. What are you going to do when you run out of money?
A. Well being a chef and a pretty handy person I plan on getting a job doing whatever will pay. I hope to get some cooking work to learn some more. I have also realized that when I don't stress about the money than it seems to come my way.
Q. Why are you doing this, what is your cause?
A. My cause is because. I was living in NYC for the last 5 years and the concrete jungle got to me. And after hearing about my friend Pierre's trip from Las Vegas to Southern Mexico on a bike, that really got things going for me
Q. Are you going to shave or cut your hair.
A. No I don't plan on doing either until we get back to NYC. And then I'm going to rock a mullet for a wk or so!
Q. What is your route?
A. From NY I headed over to DC area and then headed southeast to the coast and rode the coast south to Savannah GA. From there I went southwest to the Florida, GA border. I got into FL at the begining of 2010. We worked our way thru the Gulf spending 4 wks in Mobile AL. From there we hung on the Gulf into LA. Once we got to Baton Rouge we headed north to cross the Mississippi River by ferry. Then we made our way into TX. These are the biggest hills we have incountered. We have decided to spend the summer in Austin TX. We will head West in the fall and finish going across TX, NM, and AZ up to Vegas then over to Cali. Up Cali and try to go as north as possible depending on the terrain then head east thru Montana ( one of the states I'm really looking forward to riding thru, Big Sky!!) Head into the Dakotas, stop off at my brothers in Sioux Falls. then hit up my home state of Iowa try to meet up with Ragbri. Hang with my folks for a week or so. And then haul butt to NYC.
Q. Where do you sleep?
A. Mostly it is off the road camping. Campgrounds and state parks run from $20-$30 a night But I can use the shower at a state park for free even if I don't camp there! Mostly when its about an hour before sunset I start looking for a quick easy pull off into some woods and try to set up as far away from the road as possible. Sometimes if its slim pickn's I'll chose a abandoned house or a church and sometimes a cemetery. If I know I'll be in the area more than a night I'll ask the local cops or sheriffs where I can camp and not be a problem. Sometimes they direct me to a common area and I have camped behind a cop shop and a fire department. Every once and awhile some great stranger will take us in to their home or let us camp on their land. Also as I have gone I have picked up places to stay from other people. Karma baby!
Q. How many miles and how long is this going to take you?
A. Its going to be over 10,000 miles and will take some where around 2 years or so.
Q. What did you do with all your stuff in NY?
A. A week before we left we became voluntarily unemployed and homeless. What I couldn't sell, or give to friends I pushed to the curb. What I carry with me on the Rick is what I own. Nothing more nothing less.
Q. What does your family think of this?
A. At first 8 months before I left when I told them of this idea they didn't get it and didn't approve of it at all. The second day on this trip they were all behind me!
Q. What do you want to gain from this trip?
A. I am challenging my mental, physical and emotional state. I hope to find kindness and unasked for hospitality. I would like to find a new place to live at the coolest chillest spot that I can ride thru.
Q. How far do you ride in a day?
A. We do any where from 20 to 35 miles a day. It all depends on the weather, wind, terrain, and my legs. Our average speed is about 8 miles a hour.
Q. Do you workout, are you in good shape?
A. Um, well, lets see I pedal everyday so yeah I guess so.
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