Thursday, March 13, 2008

BIKING AROUND THE WORLD IN FOUR YEARS
Inspiring couple sells everything and pedals the globe

A WONDERFUL LIFE. I'm glad this story made headlines on CNN. It's a rare but wonderful story at several levels. It's wonderful because it's a soulful journey of a middle-aged couple. It's wonderful because it's a discovery in neighborly hospitality and international border-crossing. And it's wonderful because it's about what's possible on a bicycle--no petrol required.

PEDAL POWER. Selling their business, house and cars and giving away their furniture, Pat and Catherine Patterson took only what they could strap onto their bicycles. They toured through 57 countries on four continents in four years, from 2002-2007. Pat was 62 when they began this epic journey; Cat was 48.

YOUR WILDEST DREAMS. They describe the adventure as life-changing. Cat told CNN: "I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would do something like that in my life. I think you just have to be open-minded and willing to take chances and risks and not be afraid. ... You just have to open your mind to other cultures and countries and, you know, like Pat says, 98 percent of the people in this world are good people. On a day-to-day basis you're meeting the average person in the world and they're just like you."

More of this story, along with photos and a map of their four-continent route is at this link.

I'm jealous!

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