Today

Today

My calendar flashed: “TODAY: San Luis Obispo”–as if San Luis Obispo was an appointment or phone call.  But Today: San Luis Obispo means so much more.  It’s day one of our family’s open-invitation tour of the United States–one filled endless unknowns but certainly filled with unforgettable memories.  We’re fired up!

Yesterday was that “last day craziness” including up at 6AM working on a master Rocky Mount Roof rack setup that will hold the tandem, my 2 bikes + a huge gear basket.  I didn’t know if i could pull it off but we succeeded.  Cristina took it for a test drive taking the kids to daycare so we could hammer away at the endless last minute tasks.

rig

After the kids were in Daycare it was all about taking 2.5 months of “life” and putting it back into storage for 6+ months.  What to take?  What to toss?  What to store?  What to donate? The clock was ticking as I had my 3rd Santa Cruz presentation last night to prepare for plus farewell visits from friends and family.  Focus.  Focus!

We finally figured agreed on what and how we’d store all this “stuff” and shut the doors to our storage pod with a few hours to spare before picking up the kids, cleaning up, setting up and arriving at my talk in time.  Phew!

storage

 

It’s now TODAY.  April 25th.  Day one.  Our daughter Candela was up all night with a fever.  It rained all night and tons of stuff is drenched. We’re exhausted.  But we are EXCITED!

So I’m off to clamp our gypsy home that sleeps 12 onto our vehicle that sits 8 and rock the first miles of this tour.  Please check out this map and consider joining us for a leg or two.  We have space and would love to have ya!

Rollin…


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“Bianchini’s A Bicycle Built for Two Billion is not about the bike. It’s a life odyssey of epic proportions. Few of us live from the heart. Jamie reminds us how.”   –– Les Stroud (Survivorman) Related

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An exhilarating debut memoir that chronicles a fallen entrepreneur’s eight-year world tour on a tandem bike. Bianchini’s extraordinary chronicle begins with his often tumultuous childhood and showcases his enduring love of bicycle-riding. He sometimes felt overshadowed by his large extended Northern California family, which fractured when his parents divorced, but his outings on his bike

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5/5

Once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. The story ended up being so much more than I had expected…more engaging, more unpredictable, more emotional. Jamie shares his own life journey even as he shares a perspective of the world few of us get to see in any country let alone many across

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As the World Turns “A great ride and finding time to stop and smell the flowers along the way… cultural exposures, meeting people…ups and down of daily life… Ran into these adventurers in Paraguay on the “long bike . Nice to read about their entire exploits… easy reading…” Related

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Total Adventure “Even though I already had a connection to this book because I had met Jaimie and Garryck in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the writing and story layout was. I read 100 pages the first day, simply because I couldn’t put it down! Both then and now, Jaimie has reminded

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5/5

Inspirational Indeed! “Live Big. Give Big.” Stuck in a rut? Read this book! Enough said! Related

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5/5

Very pleasantly surprised with this book! Bianchini takes a big bite outta life in this adventure (and sometimes pays the price). His honesty is well, honest and his heart seems to be fixed in just the right place. This is definitely ‘feel good’ terrain but with a goal in mind. I highly recommend “A Bicycle

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