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Old 10-25-16, 04:18 PM
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By adventure embarking on a "permanent bicycle tour"....

** Oops, that's supposed to say "my adventure"

Like probably a lot of you, I fell in love with and became addicted to bicycle touring. Every time I went on a bike tour, I felt totally free and sort of limitless. Connecting with nature, riding for 8 hours a day and camping anywhere I want. No responsibilities outside of making sure I eat enough and drink enough water. A simple, nomadic, spiritual life.

I had to move out of my apartment anyways for reasons I won't get into, and I have been something of a minimalist for years now. So I thought, well, my income comes from online employment I do on my laptop. I am so disproportionately happy on a bike tour, why not sell everything I own (not much) and pack up and leave for good? Travel the world, or just the United States, forever, on a bike.

And on August 1st of this year, that's exactly what I did. I could hardly believe it as I said goodbye to my friends and cycled away, with my whole life attached to my bike. This was a true adventure, and one I was not prepared for.

I am not going to go too much into the details because it would be a ton of typing.

But, I ended up cycling from Northern CA to Portland, Oregon, where I met up with another bike tourist who was doing the same thing! He had also moved out of his apt and hit the road.

We lived in a secret part of Portland I won't mention for several weeks and enjoyed the city. I made money on my laptop and lived off of that income, he had savings. In some ways it was really fun doing that, especially having a buddy to do it with.

But it got weird. Even though I knew I wasn't "homeless" in the true sense of the term, still I was technically homeless! There were moments where I would think, what if I can't get out of this? What if this is the beginning of the awful story I tell to strangers about my descent into permanent homelessness?

The thing too is that as a bike tourist, even though I had a lot in common with real homeless people in Portland, I still felt outside of their world. Similarly, I felt outside of normal society. So I was in a weird pocket of culture that felt pretty alienating and scary.

A good portion of this time in Portland I was trying to get a room to stay in for a while, and that proved much more difficult and exp.ensive than I thuoght.

So fast forward, I moved to another city in Oregon that's cheaper, and I got a room really easily compared with Portland.

I learned a lot, was tested emotionally and mentally and physically, and it feels amazing to have abandoned what in retrospect was a really stupid idea, but I could not see it at the time! Cheers!

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What was it that was "stupid?" It doesn't seem like you did much bike touring. It's more like you relocated to Portland, OR and didn't like living on the cheap.
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I'm with raybo --> living in one place is not touring.
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wow, all that typing, but little to nothing about touring....except for "too much trouble to
discuss.........touring?"

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...I am not going to go too much into the details because it would be a ton of typing.

But, I ended up cycling from Northern CA to Portland, Oregon....
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Why so negative he is talking about an attempt to hit and stay on the road, and how that didn't work, it isn't a travel log, and it isn't about whatever else that was happening in his private life. These are cautionary tales. This is at least the second person, one far more public who set off on multi year tours and hardly got out of the gate.
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Not sure how one can set out on a permanent tour. Long-term, sure, but permanent?
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I wish I was this guy..... I think.
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Old 10-26-16, 05:54 AM
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To be honest, it sounds far more like you toured from CA to Portland, and then became "homeless" (for lack of a better term) in a new city. I wouldn't consider staying a few weeks in a location while looking for a room to remain to be touring, especially if there were no plans to continue moving after a short stay.

I know a few people who live a "homeless" existence, constantly traveling while working online or picking up random jobs wherever they land, and I've met many more doing such things in hostels all over the world. It can be done.
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I got to agree with most everyone else, it doesn't sound like much a tour to me. You rode what, 650 miles or so(Sacremento to Portland), less if you stated further north than that and than you parked the bike and lived in a new location. Keep moving and you'll get a whole new experience. I did an 8400 mile/3 month long trip last year and I found myself by the end of the trip not believing the thoughts that ran through my head...'You know if I cut the miles back from 125 a day on average back to 50-75 miles a day...that cuts the food expense and the repair expense...You know I could live cheaper on the road full time than I could living at home.' Figuring at the end of September this year I had spent a whopping $4,200-4,300 so far all year(2016). Yeah, I could live cheaper than that on the open road. I spent $1400 and change last summer on a 3 month trip. 2010-2015 I was spending $5,900 and change a year on average. Yeah, I live on the cheap.
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Originally Posted by MassiveD View Post
This is at least the second person, one far more public who set off on multi year tours and hardly got out of the gate.
Where can one read about the other(s)? Would enjoy seeing their stories.

There was a guy on CGOAB whose round-the-world trip was waylaid by a love affair. (Might have been a Victor somethingweber or -reber IIRC. Weinreber?)

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Originally Posted by i_am_you View Post
** Oops, that's supposed to say "my adventure"

Like probably a lot of you, I fell in love with and became addicted to bicycle touring. Every time I went on a bike tour, I felt totally free and sort of limitless. Connecting with nature, riding for 8 hours a day and camping anywhere I want. No responsibilities outside of making sure I eat enough and drink enough water. A simple, nomadic, spiritual life.

I had to move out of my apartment anyways for reasons I won't get into, and I have been something of a minimalist for years now. So I thought, well, my income comes from online employment I do on my laptop. I am so disproportionately happy on a bike tour, why not sell everything I own (not much) and pack up and leave for good? Travel the world, or just the United States, forever, on a bike.

And on August 1st of this year, that's exactly what I did. I could hardly believe it as I said goodbye to my friends and cycled away, with my whole life attached to my bike. This was a true adventure, and one I was not prepared for.

I am not going to go too much into the details because it would be a ton of typing.

But, I ended up cycling from Northern CA to Portland, Oregon, where I met up with another bike tourist who was doing the same thing! He had also moved out of his apt and hit the road.

We lived in a secret part of Portland I won't mention for several weeks and enjoyed the city. I made money on my laptop and lived off of that income, he had savings. In some ways it was really fun doing that, especially having a buddy to do it with.

But it got weird. Even though I knew I wasn't "homeless" in the true sense of the term, still I was technically homeless! There were moments where I would think, what if I can't get out of this? What if this is the beginning of the awful story I tell to strangers about my descent into permanent homelessness?

The thing too is that as a bike tourist, even though I had a lot in common with real homeless people in Portland, I still felt outside of their world. Similarly, I felt outside of normal society. So I was in a weird pocket of culture that felt pretty alienating and scary.

A good portion of this time in Portland I was trying to get a room to stay in for a while, and that proved much more difficult and exp.ensive than I thuoght.

So fast forward, I moved to another city in Oregon that's cheaper, and I got a room really easily compared with Portland.

I learned a lot, was tested emotionally and mentally and physically, and it feels amazing to have abandoned what in retrospect was a really stupid idea, but I could not see it at the time! Cheers!
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Originally Posted by i_am_you View Post
** Oops, that's supposed to say "my adventure"

Like probably a lot of you, I fell in love with and became addicted to bicycle touring. Every time I went on a bike tour, I felt totally free and sort of limitless. Connecting with nature, riding for 8 hours a day and camping anywhere I want. No responsibilities outside of making sure I eat enough and drink enough water. A simple, nomadic, spiritual life.

I had to move out of my apartment anyways for reasons I won't get into, and I have been something of a minimalist for years now. So I thought, well, my income comes from online employment I do on my laptop. I am so disproportionately happy on a bike tour, why not sell everything I own (not much) and pack up and leave for good? Travel the world, or just the United States, forever, on a bike.

And on August 1st of this year, that's exactly what I did. I could hardly believe it as I said goodbye to my friends and cycled away, with my whole life attached to my bike. This was a true adventure, and one I was not prepared for.

I am not going to go too much into the details because it would be a ton of typing.

But, I ended up cycling from Northern CA to Portland, Oregon, where I met up with another bike tourist who was doing the same thing! He had also moved out of his apt and hit the road.

We lived in a secret part of Portland I won't mention for several weeks and enjoyed the city. I made money on my laptop and lived off of that income, he had savings. In some ways it was really fun doing that, especially having a buddy to do it with.

But it got weird. Even though I knew I wasn't "homeless" in the true sense of the term, still I was technically homeless! There were moments where I would think, what if I can't get out of this? What if this is the beginning of the awful story I tell to strangers about my descent into permanent homelessness?

The thing too is that as a bike tourist, even though I had a lot in common with real homeless people in Portland, I still felt outside of their world. Similarly, I felt outside of normal society. So I was in a weird pocket of culture that felt pretty alienating and scary.

A good portion of this time in Portland I was trying to get a room to stay in for a while, and that proved much more difficult and exp.ensive than I thuoght.

So fast forward, I moved to another city in Oregon that's cheaper, and I got a room really easily compared with Portland.

I learned a lot, was tested emotionally and mentally and physically, and it feels amazing to have abandoned what in retrospect was a really stupid idea, but I could not see it at the time! Cheers!
I lived for years on a bike, alternating touring with staying in places I liked for days, weeks or months.

And I'm seriously looking at doing it again. Or some variation on the theme.

I yearn for that simplicity and freedom. Unlike your experience of or reaction to being an outsider, I enjoyed it. I have no desire to belong to mainstream society, or to the homeless. I feel no need to belong to them or any other group, person or persons. Nor do I identify with any any of them. Nor do I want to.

How we identify ourselves, or what we identify with (if anything at all), and what we want to identify ourselves with (and want to have or be)(if anything) can be an interesting aspect of life to question and be aware of.
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