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Old 03-26-08, 01:26 PM
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I am curious about what kinds of professions the more grown up touring cyclists have. Summers off in academia seems like a bonus. Or the drug baron with big sacks of money. Just wondering...
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I am curious about what kinds of professions the more grown up touring cyclists have. Summers off in academia seems like a bonus. Or the drug baron with big sacks of money. Just wondering...

Academia and self employed. I have been a gypsy scholar since 1991 and every time i get an itch to move I relocate, find a small college nearby needing adjuncts, and before ya know it i am back earning enough to survive and bank a small amount each year. I also am a stock trader for my own (modest) portfolio, and augment my income with options, dividends, occasionally capital gains (too occasional ),
and day trading.

Not quite a nomad, but the better half of both independence and employment.

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I work IT for a state university and have enough seniority that I can bank vacation into respectable chunks to take long trips with.
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I'm a middle-aged student ... I'm just wrapping up the 3rd year of my Bachelor of Education, and I support myself with part-time and temporary employment. Gotta love the temp world!!

Prior to returning to University I was an Engineering Technologist, and I was employed doing that for about 8 years ... that background helps with my temporary employment opportunities.

And the great thing about touring is that it doesn't have to cost a lot. A basic tour where you cycle from your door step up the road and back for a week or so might only cost you a couple hundred dollars.
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Academia and self employed. I have been a gypsy scholar since 1991
Roughstuff weren’t you recently located in Alberta?

Me I am a student, humanitarian aid/social worker, bum, self-employed at times and unemployed at others! Do debt, no kids, no wife, no addictions, no material possessions, no car, no house, no investments, no pension, no hope of a cushy retirement - so I have to cycle for transportation, pleasure and for holidays!
 
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Academia, w/ a sabbatical coming up :-).
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I'm a professional rock musician. Touring is great when you have groupies all over the country to stay with!

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Academia, w/ a sabbatical coming up :-).
Gunna tour that sabbatical?? Did you get permission from the committee??
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I'm a professional rock musician. Touring is great when you have groupies all over the country to stay with!

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I haven't been on a tour yet, but I'm a bike mechanic, and I'm hoping that when I do tour I might be able to get part time work by building new-half assembled bikes for piece work at bike shops along the way.
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No kidding...
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Oh, sorry, that's my dream life...
oh thats easy. all you have to do is smoke more pot.
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I'm a teacher, but I'm hoping I've only another 45 days in the classroom. After 21 years, I think I'm ready to explore other options. I'll take the next 2 1/2 years to ride from Alaska to Argentina and then think about what I want to do when I grow up.
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Self-employed. That lets me trade time for money when I need to get away.
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I am curious about what kinds of professions the more grown up touring cyclists have. Summers off in academia seems like a bonus. Or the drug baron with big sacks of money. Just wondering...
Software engineer by training and a manager of software engineers for past 15 years.

I've been fortunate enough to take longer trips off using a combination of:
(1) leave of absence breaks from work (giving lots of notice and working with my bosses)
(2) working for one company for a while and earning longer vacation times (for US, not compared
to European vacation times)
(3) working hard enough to be valuable to my company that they'll
keep a space for me when I return from those LOAs and vacations.
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Vacation time never long enough. Long enough = present ration plus a month or two.
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Dentist --- But I never bought into the private practice deal.

I've worked in a university/State employment setting which gives me 4 weeks in the summer, 1 week in the spring and 4 weeks in the winter to ride.

Next month I get on the train with my bike and go to Missouri to do part of the KATY trail and some of Illinois North of St. Louis.
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Dentist --- But I never bought into the private practice deal.
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yah, that would be pretty expensive too.

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