Anybody heard of bikeandbuild.org?
Well, I have been planning on touring the US in the summer of 2010 for a while now.
I was very excited that this summer I'd get things moving with a new LHT custom build and some equipment to break in and go on one or two week long tours over the summer.
My family is now pursuing me doing this, and I have negative feelings toward it. Not that I'm against the program, but that's NOT how I wanted to do it.
It would feel structured, I would be followed by a medical/maintenance van, I would always have a warm place to sleep. . . . This, to me, would defeat the WHOLE point. I don't know how to explain it to them.
I WANT to carry 80 lbs of gear all the way. I WANT to sleep outdoors. I WANT the troubles that may arise. I want a real adventure, not a planned one.
I have never been past the mississippi river, and all the states I had planned on going through, I had never been in other than a pit stop going somewhere else. I really wanted to go see the country. . . by myself, or with a few friends. NOT with a bunch of young kids (like myself) on a quest to help people.
Don't get me wrong, I think it would be fun, and I'd love to do it. . . but only AFTER I had done it my way, you know?
Their argument is expense, and security. Whereas I say damn the security, if something happens I will deal with it and it will be part of the trip, good with the bad, some things can't be avoided. As far as expense, you have to raise money through donations and fundraising for the bikeandbuild trip, thus, my relatives would donate (which can be deducted from taxes I believe).
I'm worried about getting money together for a bike, yes, but if I have to, I'll get a windsor tourist, front rack, and the cheapest stuff I can find, if that's what it takes.
I don't know how to explain to them that it's not what I want to do, and that doing it that way would ruin any future attempt at going it alone, because I will have seen a lot of the sites I wanted to discover by myself.
FURTHERMORE!! what is the point of driving a van for everybody's stuff? why not just all hop on a bus and go build houses and be more productive? I don't get it.
I don't know what to do about them pressuring me about it. I told them I would talk about it, but I just don't feel like that's the way I want it to be.
I guess I could ask for suggestions, but I've been told a few already, I really needed to vent to anybody that will listen.
Has anybody else had this problem? What did you end up doing?
OH! AND above all of that, I couldn't see the sites I wanted to go see, I would have to follow the route! What about yellowstone? what about the grand canyon? what about crater lake? and redwood forest? oregon and norther california coastline? . . . I think I'm planning on stopping at cedar pointe amusement park too. : P . . . but what about what III want to do. It seems like my big vacation adventure of a lifetime (until I decide to do a world tour ; ) ) would become simply routine and work.