Hi all -
New here and fully intrigued by this discussion as it dovetails into what is going to become a lifestyle for me very soon. For the past year I considered the possibility of living on my own, riding a bicyle, criss-crossing the country. I made the decision to begin my journey this year; hopefully by August at the latest. Here's what I've done to prepare:
1. Bought a Croozer cargo trailer, changed the tubes out to the "puncture proof" series. Bought two extra tubes and the "sealant" to with.
2. Purchased 2 additional tires and puncture-proof tubes for my bike, with sealant.
3. Took a bicycle repair class, bought a good, but basic tool kit, extra brake and shifting cables, etc. Bought extra brake pads. Some things I can repair, some things I cannot; just have to be careful.
4. Bought a tent, sleeping bag (below zero rated), small table, camp chair, privacy tent, portable toilet, shower bag, two small fuel tab stoves, lantern, med kit, etc. ALL of this fits into the trailer, with room to spare and about 65 lbs total weight.
5. Set up a bank account that I can access via the Internet (have a handheld PC) with full wireless. Bought MREs to last for about 6 months, will buy a bit of food as I need it along the way. Also bought a collapsible fishing rod and small reel to fish if necessary.
I am preparing to leave and not work unless I have to do so. I've been working at buying all of this material for the past year - total cost for trailer and gear, just under $800.00. Not taxing my income too dramatically, but buying as I can afford to do so. I'm almost where I need to be to take off. I have a blog, but for now I'm leaving it private - until I'm really on the road and living the life full time.
Hope you doin't mind me dropping by and sharing a bit.