We live in an off the grid Tiny Home in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California.We take care of a lush garden, chickens and ducks, and inadvertently all of the wild birds who steal the chicken food, too. Our lifestyle is pretty idealic:wake up when we want, let the chickens out, cook food fresh from the garden,then mountain bike an hour into town for work, bike home, eat more food,cuddle, sleep.
Saying goodbye to this lifestyle for the life of adventure presents quite an interesting opportunity. The dramatic change for us is not that we will be outside all day and living simply – this is how we choose to live our every day lives. The adjustment will be in not being deeply familiar with the landscapes we pass through, in not having a whole gang of adorable birds to feed and fresh eggs to fetch and that one Great Horned Owl calling above us each night.
Luckily,what we do bring with us is each other. And we actually thrive on obscene amounts of time together – which is really fortunate for a couple who tries to live in a Tiny Home or go on extended biking adventures together. What we know we can expect on this journey is lots of laughter, lots of calf massages,unbelievable amounts of ice cream and aged cheeses, rich dark beers, James Brown on the climbs and wind on the descents, some really, really disgusting socks, and the irreplaceable feeling of giving oneself to the road and its many twist, turns, and, well, uphills.
Onward and upward!