Friday, March 18, 2016

New Friends || Peter & Anna

Love meeting rad people but to be honest Zac and I have never been bar goers or anything of the sort, so meeting new people doesn't happen quite that often. I found over the years that one of the coolest ways of meeting new people is through Couch Surfing. We have been hosting travelers since 2014 through the site and just online in general. It is an incredible way to get to meet some of the most interesting people ever.

Peter and Anna reach out to me about 10 days ago via Couch Surfing and we set up a date that they could crash at our house. They are traveling on their bikes with their doggie Higgins. They are hella cool, so I decided to write up a little interview. 

A little bit about them

Anna is a 28 year old dietitian from St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys biking (I'd hope so) and has been vegan for 10 years!

Peter is from Portland, Oregon and is the oldest of a family of 6. Early on Paul joined the militarty, then lived in DC after that is when he took his first solo bike trip to LA. That's where it all started. 

How long have ya'll been traveling?

They started their biking trip in April of 2014. The trip started in Los Angeles and they have been traveling ever since. They take winters off (who the hell wants to bike in the cold?) and then start up again once it warms up. They have traveled a total of 8000 miles so far and still have ways to go! 

Where is the coolest place you've have visited?

Anna: "We have been to tons of amazing places, but The Redwoods comes to mind. We biked through it and we stayed on a beach right across from all of the trees. It was amazing. It was surreal. The Badlands were amazing as well." 

Peter: "Munising, Michigan. It was kind of an unintentional trip. We hung out on the lake for like 3 days, in the middle of summer, the weather was gorgeous. Just an awesome time."

What is your best advice for aspiring travelers?

"Just do it. Don't let preparation stop you. You can make it work. If you think "oh well I need this, and this, and this!" You will just stop yourself. You will never be as prepared as you think you should be. Just go out there. Don't over complicate things. If you need it, you can buy it on the road. Learn as you go. The most important lessons you will learn out there." 

What's next?

"After we finish up the trip we are looking to find a town that we can settle down for a bit. Maybe stock up for a while and then plan our next bike trip."

They were some awesome folks, down to earth, and as a bonus Anna made us some killer vegan supper! I wish those guys the best of luck on their adventurous life! Hope to cross paths again.

Happy Friday! 


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