Josh TK is a younger bicycle traveler from St. Louis, Missouri in the beginning of his bicycle touring profession. He’s performed just a few brief bike excursions throughout numerous sections of america, however he has plans of biking in different nations and in the future biking all the best way around the globe.
On this brief video, Josh shares only a few of the the explanation why touring by bike has not solely peaked his curiosity, however shortly turn into a lifestyle. Watch the video above or learn the transcript under. I’ve a sense this brief video will make you wish to attempt bicycle touring as effectively! Click on right here to find out how.
What bought me into touring mainly got here from my dad and mom. My father is from Kenya. My mom is from Trinidad. So, rising up, we had been at all times touring to different nations. From then on, I used to be form of hooked on it.
I suppose the extra you journey, the extra you see, and the extra you understand what you don’t know. So there’s at all times extra to be taught. Each time you journey you uncover one thing else, and it’s form of like a drug – when you get into it, you gotta maintain going again.
I’m obsessive about the world. I’m obsessive about every thing about it. The meals, the tradition, the language. I really like exploring and discovering new issues.
Journey for me is freedom. There’s nothing prefer it… and once more, that’s why I dwell my life for it. All the pieces I do is to gasoline that.
Some pals of mine had been like, “Hey! Include us on a motorbike journey.”
And I used to be like, “I haven’t ridden a motorbike since I used to be a child.” However I borrowed my pal’s bike for that night time and we rode all night time lengthy. I used to be instantly hooked. I went and bought a motorbike just a few days later!
Bike journey is pure freedom for me. There is no such thing as a higher solution to see your metropolis, your state, your nation… to see the world, than by a bicycle.
There’s something actually lovely about shifting your physique by way of house and time whereas carrying every thing you’ll want, every thing that you just personal with you, and being very self-sustained.
I can have a look at a map now and I can say, “I can go wherever on this map so long as I’ve two working legs and an honest bike.” It’s very empowering!
As quickly as I started driving my bike, I started planning in my head, longer journeys.
I’ve been on three bigger journeys. I biked from my dad and mom’ home in St. Louis, Missouri to Indianapolis (Indiana). That was the primary time. The second time was once I biked from Portland (Oregon) to San Frnacisco (California), after which I only in the near past bought again from a visit the place I biked from St. Louis to New York Metropolis.
The most effective second about bike journey, for me, is at all times the individuals – going out of their solution to be unimaginable. To be superior. To be good. To be sort. That will help you out. Irrespective of the place I’ve gone, there’s at all times wonderful individuals, and that’s one of the best half a few bike journey.
There are plenty of downsides to bike journey – particularly touring solo. You already know, there are simply says when it’s actually powerful. And also you’re driving by way of a small city, and also you’re seeing all these households inside their houses, and their good and heat and so they’re having a good time, and also you’re simply form of like, “Ah, I wouldn’t thoughts being again residence.”
Even when instances are unhealthy, it’s actually essential simply to embrace that. It’s not going to be an actual journey or journey with out that, as a result of you need to have that draw back.
Once I left residence, I informed my mother I used to be touring to Chicago, which I used to be. However I didn’t inform her the complete story (that I used to be touring there on my bicycle!). They usually came upon, just a few days later, that I made it to Canada. And as soon as I made it to Canada, they only flipped out! However they form of perceive it as a result of they’re vacationers as effectively. They know what it means to journey. They know what it means to depart your property. They suppose I’m loopy, however the settle for it now. They’re at peace. As soon as they realized that this isn’t a part for me – that is one thing I’m going to do… and that is one thing I’m going to proceed to do – I believe they’re at peace with it now.
The minimal and most variety of miles I do in a day is determined by plenty of components. For me, it averages between about 40 and 85 miles a day.
I positively perceive the priority with private security, and I get that questioned requested lots. I believe we’re given the concept that locations are extra harmful than they really are. I can let you know I’ve by no means feared for my security on any of my bike journeys – a lot that I don’t even give it some thought till somebody brings it up. You already know? I camp out in all places. I camp out in deserted buildings or behind Wal-Marts, behind fuel stations. I’ll camp out in the course of a metropolis – it doesn’t matter. I’ve by no means had an issue.
My largest purpose as a motorbike traveler is to go to as many locations as I can, be taught as a lot as I can, meet as many individuals as I can. I wish to eat the world. I wish to soak every thing up. So long as I can, I’m going to attempt to feed that. No matter that factor is that’s making me wish to try this, I’m going to maintain feeding it.
Every time I’m on the market on the bike, I really feel proper. You already know? I really feel at peace. I really feel like that is the place I have to be. There’s simply this sense of that is the place I have to be – extra so than the rest!
Biking from St. Louis to Brooklyn is the start of the start. I’ve so many different adventures deliberate out for myself. I’m considering possibly I may bike from St. Louis to California? Possibly St. Louis to Louisiana, then fly to South America, Central America?
(Biking) abroad is unquestionably a part of my future plans. Finally I’d love to do an around the globe journey, in addition to do lengthy excursions, like Alaska to Argentina.
When you understand you are able to do it by yourself, you have a look at a map and actually you’ll be able to have a look at a map and say, “I can go wherever on this map!” You already know what I’m saying? “There may be not a spot on this world that I can’t get to so long as I’ve the fitting gear and the fitting tools.”
There’s nothing that may cease me! Now that I do know that… I can’t. I can’t simply keep right here. I’ve to go!