Today marks the official one month deadline for our bike trip departure! So far, the preparation for this adventure has been a bit overwhelming, but a totally thrilling and liberating journey. I thought it would be a good time to share some thoughts, frustrations, and revelations that have crossed my mind during this homestretch before our grand exodus. For those of you who don’t know, basically I am preparing to leave home with the love of my life; we will be pedaling across the U.S on a bike, living out of our tent for a year, maybe more… We have this wonderful opportunity to see the United States and possibly Europe at a slower pace, and hopefully connect to it’s people and our passions during this trip.
As one may guess, this glorious, life-changing event may potentially cause someone to reevaluate one’s life and look deeper into the concept of what living a good life is really about, and what is important to them. Hint: it isn’t our personal possessions or the many knick-knacks lying around. In the future I vow to not clutter up our home and be aware of impulse purchases. Over the past year, I have filled my Facebook Newsfeed with tips on minimizing and simplifying one’s life; I must say it feels really good to not have clutter around the house and to purge old items! On the other hand, a couple going through this comprehensive downsizing struggle may have some bizarre thoughts going through their heads on a daily basis. I am volunteering to share some of these random thoughts that have crossed my mind while facing the impending departure date of 10-10-15!
- How many rolls of toilet paper, trash bags, brita filters and cleaning sponges do we need to get by? Mom and dad, can I have some of these things because I don’t want to have to buy a whole box when I only need (x amount) more?
- Let’s eat and drink everything in the house! Can we really eat 15 pounds of dried beans and rice in a month?
- It’s time to use up all of those tiny soaps and shampoos that we acquired over the past 4+years!
- Why do I have so many candles?!?!? Let’s burn all of these bad boys!
- I must admit that I have become an Ebay selling addict! I walk around and constantly evaluate selling random items on Ebay. Hey, if people want to buy my old shoes, clothes, and purses, who am I to deny them of this pleasure?
- How many knives and forks do two people really need?!? Hordes of silverware and dishes are so unnecessary.
- I hope Good Will can use the pounds of stuff we have been donating.
- All of these old perfume bottles must go!
- How many boxes of contact lenses do I need to order to last me 2 years?
- Why do we have so many pens?!?!?
- What do I do with all of these spices, kombucha scobys, and my sourdough starter?
My bike predicaments:
- I changed my handle bars to trekking bars and decided I hated them! So, I had to change them back to the original drop bars that my bike came with. I am lucky to have a boyfriend who knows how to reassemble a bike, in a timely manner, without too many complaints…thanks babe!
- My Brooks Flyer Saddle still squeaks, but I am learning to tune it out.
- Need to adjust my shifter because it is very tough to shift right now.
- Need to rerun brake cable
We still need random odds and ends, but we are getting there! I am sure we won’t remember everything, but hopefully we can find what we need on the road. Stay tuned….
When we accepted the challenge to pare down our living expenses and save, I was a bit stressed. I watched a lot of documentaries and read a bunch of books offering advice in finding what is really important in your life and going for it.
Here is some great advice from Graham Hill on TED
We also saw The Minimalists live!