As I start this unconventional journey as an itinerant adventurer, I thought I’d start a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer the questions that I have started to hear and also the questions I always ponder when I read about other itinerant adventurers’ lives. If you have a question you would like answered, just post in the comments and I’ll add it.
Here’s the contents of that page to bring everyone up-to-date with where I’m at in my life just now.
1. What are your plans?
I will get on my bicycle on 1 July 2014, cycle to the train station to catch a train to the other side of Brisbane before cycling about 50km (30 miles) to my first campsite. From there, I just intend to stay at each campsite for 2-7 days depending on how nice it is before cycling another 50 – 100km (30 – 65 miles) northwards up the Queensland coast. Once I get tired of heading north, I’ll fly to Adelaide to visit a friend before I start cycling again.
Sometime in late 2014 or early 2015 I’ll fly to Holland to spend time with my grandmother, godparents and extended family. From there, who knows …
2. Are you trying to cycle around the world?
No. My bicycle is my transport but not my goal. I am just going to see where the road takes me. I will catch trains, planes and buses if I don’t feel like cycling. I hope to do some hiking, train running and packrafting while I’m away.
3. Where will you live?
In my tent mostly. I have a Mont Moondance 1 hiking tent. If it wears out, I’ll buy another. I will also stay with friends and family along the way, and maybe check out the Warmshowers website.
4. Are you rich?
That depends on what you consider rich. By western standards I am not rich because I don’t own a house and live in a tent. But to many people living in poverty around the world I am rich beyond compare simply by owning a bicycle and more than one change of clothes.
5. How do you afford to travel?
I have a part-time online job in the eLearning industry.
6. Do you have a family?
Yes. I have an adult son who is married with children. I also had a partner who I still love dearly but who gave me the gift of freedom to explore the world. I don’t talk about our relationship out of respect for her because she is a wonderful woman.
7. Are you raising money for charity?
No. However, if you are inspired by anything you read in my blog to donate to a charity, then please do. I believe in supporting charities because most do wonderful work. My favourite charities are: Room to Read, the Nakuru Hope Project and Oxfam.
8. How long have you been on the road?
I sold my house on 14 April 2014 and moved out the same day. I have been itinerant since that day. I am leaving on my bicycle to cycle north on 1 July 2014.
9. What kind of bike do you ride?
A 2012 Vivente World Randonneur that I bought new in January 2014.