I have been taking a few days off in San Francisco to see the sights and meet local cyclists. Last night I had the honor of joining 6 other cyclists for a great dinner at David's house. We swapped stories, told tales and added up our collective adventure mileage. All toll, more than 80,000 miles of adventure travel just on bikes. It was humbling to hear the stories, especially Dave and Juan's. Both of these fellows have done the Tierra del Fuego to San Francisco route, something that is almost herculean in both effort and planning.
Juan was victim to the earthquake a year ago, where a Tsunami ensued and washed away all of his possessions. Dave traveled the road alone, meeting with people and doing talks on climate change. As if that was not enough, upon reaching the tip of the Americas, he flew to Boston where he and Bill proceeded to bike across the US, stopping in cities and once again talking about climate change.
It is encounters like these that truly inspire me and fill me with an even greater sense of 'wanderlust'. There are so many things to see and so many people to meet, and you realize that the bicycle is the perfect vehicle for doing just that. I am hereby dubbing meetings like this the Adventure Round Table and hope that as I move forward I can find other cyclists and adventure travelers that would like to come together for an evening meal and the sharing of stories.
You can read more about David's travels and writings on his blog, http://rideforclimate.com/.
I am also going to be making some changes to the web site, so please be patient as these slowly roll out. One of the major changes will be the Daily Trail, where I will no longer be posting each night, but instead attempting to roll up a weeks worth of travel, thoughts and images into a single, more comprehensive post.