Two weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a link about two German girls traveling across Canada and the US. This famous mouse click nowadays makes it possible that I can connect to total strangers on the road. Technically we are strangers but in our heart we are bikers, one big happy family. But technically we are strangers who just hooked up with a mouse click.
To be exact in this case it was through a motorcycle adventurer traveler forum. Word travelers, motorcycle world travelers, adventure travelers, one forum after another, you name it – there is a forum for absolutely everything with the sole purpose to connect people, to link , for people to communicate and finally to talk to each other from the most remote locations. Likeminded strangers hooking up with each other, meeting people one was never able to hook up before. People you possibly never would have met before under any other circumstances. How cool is that?
Well, in our case now – the link led to a mail, the mail turned into a call and a hearty “howdy” between three fellow country women and the howdy turned into a breakfast invitation at my place. The girls arrived.
Katja and Nadine from Cologne, Germany. Two big bikes, packed like participating in the stampede of the Gold Rush in the Yukon, packed for being on the road for 365 days. They are already on the road since 165 days! By the time they arrived in San Francisco they already had clocked around 15.000 miles. The trip started in Miami and went north into Canada before going westwards via Vancouver to steer south along the US west coast. The final destination is Los Angeles where they are planning to ship their bikes to Australia, after Australia to New Zealand and then back to Europe in another six month or so.
Not only people can be found with the socially stimulating forums and the art of linking travel buddies and likeminded people, also couches, sofas, sofa beds, floors, cushions, airbeds and everything that can be used to crash a night or two can be found all over the world. Cool – I have to say.
Let’s go back 30 years when I was on the road. No Cell phones, no E-mails, no Internet, no GPS no forum, no couch surfing. We relied on campgrounds, road sides, bridges and other remote areas to rest our tired heads at night. We relied on “organic people meeting” on the road. Organically offered couches or sofas through organically met people on the road. Nothing else! In a way it was cumbersome but adventurous. We found the occasional party because we coincidentally ran into the right people at the right moment at the right place. Nothing was planned or linked. Everybody was on their own. Survival at its best.
Here a good example of 1886 in the desert…. my bike , the sun and me.
God forbid the bike broke down in the desert….. I remember I was sitting out there for hours waiting and hoping for my friend’s navigational finesse to find me. One wrong move and we never would have found each other. No Cell phone, no E-mail, no GPS, no couch.
So- is this the evolution of traveling? There is no right or wrong – it is just different. It has its advantages nowadays –and the more I think of it – there are no disadvantages whatsoever. There is only one question I am asking myself. Does all of the supporting technology suck the air out of an adventure? I don’t know. I haven’t had the chance to travel in modern times (so to speak) on a motorcycle and I still have to wait awhile before my transition period allows me to hit the road again. For the time being I am happy with local rides on my Honda.
Here is the travel blog of Nadine and Katja. Actually written in German but Google volunteers with the translation which can be very funny at times. As much as Google wants to be on top of everything- it still needs some training in the translation department….
I wish Katja and Nadine a great trip and many more adventures they will remember for the rest of their lives. There is nothing better than Drinking the Wild Air – at least for a little while in your life.
Keep on riding !!!!