The Rules

Life is fast. Life on the road is faster. Life on a bicycle is fastest of all. Even at 10mph. In order for this trip to be a success, I’ve created a series of rules that I live by. I am not much of a planner and lets face it; travel for extended periods is impossible to thoroughly plan anyway. There are simply to many variables to consider. Besides, over planning interferes with spontaneity precluding the magic moments that make a trip so special. So, theoretically, I will make it around the world if I strictly adhere to these rules:

  1. Panama.
  2. Panama.
  3. Panama.
  4. $10 per day
  5. 20 x 12
  6. Pack before Unzip
  7. Camp before dark
  8. There are no rules

Silly Fightclub movie quotes aside, these are mere guidelines to keep me on track in the ever changing world of life on the move. My primary focus, rules #1, #2, and #3, is reaching Panama to watch the sun rise in the west and set in the east. It is the only place in the world this happens. I figure if I manage this, everything else will be simple. One step at a time. Rule #4 is fairly significant; my budget is tiny and it’s hard to travel without money. Rule #5 means I must ride twenty miles by noon. I am more of a night person than a morning person and often linger in camp. If I don’t follow this rule, it means I am warming up my legs during the hottest part of the day and I am going to be miserable for the duration. Rule #6 forbids me from exiting my tent before packing away everything from inside. Having to urinate makes this process go VERY quickly. Rule #7 stems from stealth camping. Attempting to find a random place to sleep in the dark doesn’t often end well. There you have it; the rules of the road according to the wanderer.

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