You can't get lost if you don't have a destination.
As announced today on eBikerLeather, Sash and I are taking a 6-month motorcycle trip across USA and Canada, beginning in April. eBikerLeather is a sponsor, providing us with road gear.
We're going to move out of our apartment in San Diego, put everything into storage, and then ride homeless. We're taking our laptops because we still have our respective e-businesses to run. I'm taking just a couple changes of clothes, I think she is too. Aside from that, not much else. I figure if we need anything, we can stop at a store somewhere.
We have no destination in mind. We have no route. We have no expectations other than to pull into a city and stay there for a week to see all the sights. Then, pick another city that sounds good and ride there.
It took a lot of convincing to get Sash to limit her travel wardrobe to just a couple sets. She had been trying to find a way to take more. So, I told her that when we pull into a city, we'll find a thrift store and she can buy more clothes. Then when we leave town, we'll donate them back.
The thing about having an expectation is that you rarely get to see it. So when you don't see it, you're disappointed. It just seems to make sense that people will be a lot happier if they don't expect anything. So that's why we're not creating a plan.
For me, the real fun about this trip is paring down my possessions to just a couple set of clothes, a motorcycle, and a laptop. Seems like I could live forever that way.
This has actually been a dream of mine going back to 2003, when I quit my regular job and started Clear Digital Media, a company that owns and operates some 50+ websites including this one. After becoming my own boss and running my business from the cloud, the idea seemed doable.
Sash's business is run from the cloud as well. She does consulting on sales, marketing, public relations, blogging, and social media.
In a way, this "motorcycle bohemia" we're embarking on is to demonstrate that it's possible.
And if it is possible, then why limit it to six months?
Perhaps, that's a question I'll ponder when I get there.
We'll be launching a separate blog to document the trip. Motorcycle Philosophy will continue to publish my personal thoughts about life on the road, and Sash Mouth will continue to document her thoughts as well.