By Land and Sea

This is the first photo I took of Carolyn….how telling. Especially since she is embarking on a 3-month journey from Switzerland to Reno all on bicycle.

I still remember the first time I met Carolyn Van Lydegraf. It was years ago on the playa at Burning Man (which already says heaps). After two years of not attending because I was back East at grad school, I had randomly manifested myself back “home” and was searching for Natasha, a mutual friend of ours (it was a suprise, Natasha didn’t know I was attending). I recognized Carolyn from Facebook pics and Natasha’s emails full of stories  from the duo’s year-long South American backpacking adventure.

Carolyn rolled into camp on her fixie  (believe me, it was more cool than pretentious). I asked her if she had seen Natasha. Instead of answering she pulled off her dusty goggles and gave me a big hug.

We sat down and immediately started chatting like old New Jersey housewives. I had finally found a long-lost sister.

Since then, I have learned that Carolyn is a traveler, an advocate, a teacher, a cyclist, a former member of a punk rock band, an overall formidable force for good and one of the most interesting people I know (one of the highest compliments I can give someone)  .

Time has passed and love has taken us away from our home in Nevada with her ending up in Switzerland and myself to Australia.

But to my surprise I have just found that she and her partner in crime, Kurt (aka God Bless Kurt), are taking a 3-month journey from their home in Basel, Switzerland to their other home in Reno, Nevada not by air…BUT BY BICYCLE (with the help of a cargo ship across the Atlantic). Holy schnitzel!

Here are some pics from the photo blog they are keeping of their journey. Check it out. Give ‘em some love.

"Disappointment..."by Kurt Riedi and Carolyn Van Lydegraf from http://carolyn.and.kurtli.com

"... I mean Frodo and Sam didn't have nice weather, either." by Kurt Riedi and Carolyn Van Lydegraf from http://carolyn.and.kurtli.com

"Fishing house on the Rhine" by Kurt Riedi and Carolyn Van Lydegraf from http://carolyn.and.kurtli.com

Godspeed!

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Posted by: on 14.12.2017 in Recreation,Travel

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