I’ve been following Russ & Laura’s project, and its worth visiting their site, pathlesspedaled.com:
“In March 2009, Laura Crawford and Russ Roca made the decision to drop out of the status quo and find others around the world who have done the same. Paring down their lives to just what will fit on two bicycles, Laura and Russ are embarking on an extended bike tour throughout the US and beyond…”
The simple pleasures of riding a bicycle can translate well to the rest of one’s life. Riding often begs the question of stuff in general – simplicity, beauty, utilitarianism, and reliability help one enjoy the scenery. Perhaps these same qualities can enhance life and are good guides in choosing the material things that we surround ourselves with.
I’ve done my little part in helping Russ sell his stuff, by buying these Ostrich panniers from him (so much for getting rid of things!):
I’ve only used them for book hauling, but so far I like ’em. Sure, they look good, but they are a bit limited in capacity, especially when compared to Ortlieb packers. Perhaps more on the bags later as I get more experience with them.