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[caption id="attachment_3936" align="alignleft" width="216"] Riding our bikes to Clearwater Beach[/caption] While going for a nice relaxing bike tour along the Pinellas trail, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at a local family business, we met a couple people who showed some interest in our new bikes. After a lot of bike-tech-talk, our plan to travel the world came up, and shortly after that the much dreaded question: "how can you afford such an adventure?" and the so common statement : "you are so lucky, we wish we could do that!" For some reason most people that we encounter seem to believe that we either won the lottery, are independently rich, very lucky, or just plain insane, to undergo such an adventure.
[caption id="attachment_3903" align="alignright" width="300"] Barbara enjoying the view at Wall Springs Park[/caption] "What if she is a little crazy? What are we going to do if we have nothing to talk about or just can't stand her, can we just make her go away again?", "Is it actually rude to just offer yard room, or should we offer her to sleep inside?…."But it's soooo cool, she's been traveling by herself half way around the world!!.." The list of thoughts, exciting and doubting,  just keeps going on as we are anticipating the arrival of our first Warm
Where is all this "stuff" coming from? Have we become hoarders without noticing? Is somebody secretly using our house as a storage place without telling us? [caption id="attachment_3835" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The bare necessities"][/caption] Seriously, 15 years ago we moved across the big ocean and arrived here with 2 young girls, 2 pieces of antique furniture our German family gave us, one guitar, a few boxes of things that we just could not replace such as pictures, a set of  4 plates, 4 cups, 4 knives, 4 spoons, 4 forks which were engraved with our names…a good bye present from good old germany, and of course clothes and our girls' favorite toys.
[caption id="attachment_3798" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="inconspicuous doors often hide great treasures"][/caption] Ahh....prep time for vacations or going on an extended trip--whether short or long-- what an exciting time! It involves some day dreaming of new places to explore, hunting for hidden cultural treasures, meeting new exiting people. The planning time is a great excuse to sit outside by the fire with a glass of wine while planning routes for new adventures. It also means doing some tedious research on what may be the safest route to go
[caption id="attachment_3768" align="alignright" width="300"]bicycle touring Florida Townsend House Cemetery[/caption] What do you call a 206km (ended up getting in 130miles) ride through hilly areas, with a headwind of 14 mph, while looking for 5 cemeteries that hold clues to questions you have to answer to officially get checked off for this ride?
No car, no cable, no gym membership?? So what do you do all day? [caption id="attachment_3576" align="alignright" width="300"] Ron getting chlorine[/caption] Those are some of the questions--usually accompanied with some puzzled looks-- that I encounter at work. Well, we do quite a few things: since we cycle to/from work every day we don't really miss the gym membership. Actually it is a nice way to wind down after work and I find it quite relaxing getting my "workout" in right after work. To be
[caption id="attachment_3266" align="alignleft" width="300"]bike camping Florida Beautiful weather for camping[/caption] Since coming home from vacation everything is back to normal routine: we stay busy with work and doing things around the house, the commute to work is going well, but somehow we feel restless. The weather is perfect--sunny days and mild temperatures, which make staying inside to work seem like punishment at times. So why
Our legs feel like spaghetti, our butts hurt, and we are tired...but we get up early again to keep on going on another adventurous ride. Today we are going to cycle to Hateg, Romania.
So we start the day out early, like 07:00 o'clock early. After a quick bite to eat we head out of town on the long road to Sebes. A few miles into our ride we come past another fortified church, unfortunately sermon is held at this time so we have to pass by and just enjoy the outside view.
With the medieval fest going on this weekend, we decided to take a down day and sight-see Sibiu. We are beginning to understand that Romanians eat later in the day than us Americans. No breakfast until 09:00?