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Old 01-29-10, 11:50 PM   #1
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Working while on Tour

I have read before but never have talked with anyone who has gone on tours and worked occasionally in different cities..I still havn't picked a distination yet, but have been looking at the possibility on Portland, Or, then down the west coast, staying occasionnaly in an hostel and working a little at a time.. I am single, a chef, but have lots of different experiance, and nothing holding me down.. I am ready to plant my roots else where.
Any ideas or thoughts??

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Old 01-30-10, 02:09 AM   #2
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Portland is beautiful, I would love to move there for awhile. You might try to get a job or at least line up interviews before leaving though. I dont know how the job market in Portland right now, maybe someone will chime in.
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Old 01-30-10, 07:15 AM   #3
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Portland is beautiful, I would love to move there for awhile. You might try to get a job or at least line up interviews before leaving though. I dont know how the job market in Portland right now, maybe someone will chime in.
Portland is a nice place. However, overall unemployment is high (10.8% - http://www.bls.gov/web/laummtrk.htm).
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Um, yeah the job market here is tight to say the least. It is beautiful in Portland, but honestly, I wouldn't count on being able to find a job (even a menial one) when you get here. I've actually heard from a number of sources that unemployment is higher than 10%, more like 12.5%.

That being said, I do wish you luck!
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You're a chef. As long as you're not too picky and have a decent resume, I'd think you could find something, at least part time, without too much trouble. Even with the recession, people seem to still eat out a lot, least where I live. It's largely the big ticket items that have taken a hit. People still indulge themselves in the small, personal stuff.
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got the same idea going on! are you looking for a place to start over or just get you the next 400 miles or maybe both? i wouldnt let all these unemployment numbers get you down
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i was actually thinkin fly into portland bike out to montana do a ghost town tour then head south maybe line something up with Coolworks.com and work on a ranch in arizona or something. WWOOFing is always a thought to
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This is the thread to watch then, as we start planning that once in a life time ride. I'm just wanting to pick up a little scratch to get me a meal and on down the road, and if it's ditch diggin', washin' dishes, or setting up your wireless network... I keep thinking Least Heat Moon did it back in the 80s...
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If you can play an instrument, maybe you could busk for a buck or two?
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A couple I know are planning their tour next year around festivals, he plays all sorts of instruments, she is a puppeteer, their plan is to take three months tour doing 60 miles a day putting on shows, etc.
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i was actually thinkin fly into portland bike out to montana do a ghost town tour then head south maybe line something up with Coolworks.com and work on a ranch in arizona or something. WWOOFing is always a thought to
Lots of great posts..Never heard of Coolworks.com Thanks..I'll check it out...

My idea is to start out with cash in the bank and as it dwindles down, pick up a temp job somewhere..Who knows, I may like it where I am and stay put for a while..I was thinking of staying in a hostel while working if that is allowed...
The guythat wrote "Ten Thousand Miles" did that in Flagg Staff AZ...And Jerry Jenkins of "Walk Across America" did it... I am just tired of the same ol city and want to get out on the saddle and see whats out there and maybe settle somewhere else..If not, just keep going...No house, no car, no family, just me....

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Wasn't able to finish my last post..My original plan was to tour down into Mexico for the winter then work my way up the West Coast up to Portland..( I posted about Mexico a while back)..I just don't want to come back to Dallas for a while....

Hope that makes sense....

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If you can play an instrument, maybe you could busk for a buck or two? .
Or offer quick $10 bike tune ups at the weekend markets, I was amazed at the number of bikers in portland when I last visited
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It's definitely doable. When I crossed the coutry in '99 I rant into a guy in Bowling Green, OH who was trying to circumnavigate the country. He had started from outside Philly and rode up to NH. He stopped there for a while and got a job as a cook before resuming his journey.

Interesting side story. I am from Philly and this guy swore up and down he knew me from somewhere. He kept asking me if I had done this ride and that ride. I had no recollection of him. After about 5 min. of silence he said "Did you ever do that ride to New York?" At that question I instantly remembered him. We had done an annual club ride from New Hope, PA to Brooklyn. We ended up on the same ferry from Hoboken and later ate dinner in Brooklyn with a group of about 8 people. Small world.
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