” What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible “
Meet the Roller, dedicated to those who dream with their eyes open and act before time is gone..
Mike & Rebecca
“It doesn’t matter where you’re going it’s who you have beside you”
I remember that before leaving Oaxaca, I saw two big rigs outside a shop to which I said, “Damn, those bikes are sick…I’m pretty sure they are on a trip, well they don’t have bags on them..maybe not” I continue my way and didn’t stop to ask. Later on I found out they were on a trip and that they are an amazing inspiration to follow! Unfortunately, I didn’t had the pleasure to meet Mike and Rebecca while we both were at Oaxaca, but I’ve been following them to gather tips around the Americas. Please meet Mike and Rebecca Sweeney from Zero to Cruising , thank you very much for your time and inspo!
Keep rolling amigos!
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“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”
It was a hot and hard day in the last leg of the state of Oaxaca. I had been pushing hard on myself for the past days to get to San Cristobal de las Casas as soon as possible. Rolling more than 100 km per day and cycling steep hills I was already mentally dead. I was just cycling for the sake of it. Totally forgetting about the moment and nature.
Drained, confused, and struggling with a high steep sierra between Oaxaca and Chiapas. Suddenly, I saw someone going down as fast as a bird.
Wow, I was amazingly happy! Even though finally I was watching someone around, this person turn to be a cyclist! I started waving my hand and excitedly shouting “stop, stop, stop!!” to find out it wasn’t only a fellow cyclist but also a brave women touring around solo!
Damn! Fucken cool! We ran to each other and hug with an unbelieveable strong energy.
That kind of energy you only feel when you really miss someone! Well, that’s what I felt…
Anyways, we pull our bikes away from the road and had a tremendous chat under the sunset. We laughed, gave tips to each other, and we laughed again. This moment and meeting Zofi gave me the peace of mind that I was really looking for. It was like universe sending her at the correct time and moment to spread energy to keep me going.
Unfortunately, we had different routes and I had to say goodbye before dark because I was cycling without lights, specific direction, or plan..
Ladies and gentlemen please meet Zofia Radzikowska from Just a Journey .
It was a pleasure to meet this great adventerous women in the road!! A moment, indeed!
Thanks for all Zofi, keep rolling!!
What’s your name?
Where you from?
What brought you to Mexico?
I always wanted to travel through Latin America. I’ve been few times in South America, so deciding for my long term cycling trip, I have choosen to start in Mexico, where I haven’t been before.
How long have you been travelling around and what places have you cruise around?
It’s over 8 months now. So far I’ve been cycling though Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. I have also visited Cuba, Costa Rica and Nicaragua without a bike.
How do you support yourself moneywise?
I work remotely as web analyst for German consultancy agency. I work 3 days a week – it’s enough to earn enough money to travel here without worrying about money, but in the same time still give me enough days off to enjoy my trip fully.
What did you knew about Mexico before hand?
Not much, but as I have visited many other countries of Latin America I was not afraid that drug dealers would kill me.
Favorite place and food…why?
Place: hard to decide… San Cristobal was very magical and I had amazing time there. So social place with unique atmosphere… But I’m more nature lover. From known sights I loved Hierve el Agua, where was camping so I had a chance to enjoy this place being totally alone. From less known: I loved small town in Homun close to Merida. There are very few tourist there and bunch of cheap and beautiful cenotes around the town.
In whole trip: Acatenango vulcano (Guatemala) and Havana (Cuba).
In whole world: Himalaya in India
Food in Mexico: i wouldn’t call it my favourite, but I really like chapulines. It’s exotic, tasty and have a lot of proteins. I still feel strange each time i eat it but I like this funny feeling.
I also love enmolada (I eat it without chicken though).
Favorite spanish word.. DISFRUTAR
Any sketchy or dangerous moment?
I had twice situation that some creepy guys tried to hit on me and rob me in the same time (once in Guatemala, once in Mexico). It was not nice at all but fortunately nothing ever happened (but after this I ALWAYS have pepper gas with me.
What has been the soundtrack of your trip..
I don’t listen much music during my trip to be in contact with what is around – sounds of nature – birds, monkeys, trees, rivers and wind… but I love salsa and hearing it here and sometimes having opportunity to dance – I’m always happy
Goal or dream you would like to achieve?
That’s the difficult one – I live my dream now!!!
Hmmmm…. I would love to climb a mountain over 8000 m. some day, but I would not call it dream for now as I’m in the process of realizing the other one
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – I’m not the most spiritual person but during all my life, seeing this amazing nature and meeting these beautiful people I’m convinced that those are all amazing miracles that makes my life….
How has travelling change you?
It changed my life long time ago during my first long term hitchhiking trip to Brazil (i went there without the budget but with huge motivation to realize my dream). I have realized I can’t be a scientist that require living in the same place for years and I have changed my profession.
During this trip I have a lot of reflections about how amazing the nature is, how much my beloved ones are important to me even they are on the another side of the planet and what do I want from life. I have a lot of time to think and a lot of questions that are still not answered.
What can you say to the people reading this?
I can definitely say that you should follow your dreams and realizing it is more than possible. There will be a lot of obstacles on your way. It’s all about deciding what is more important for you. Dream of career? Dream or comfortable life? Of course you can decide that comfortable, family life is your dream and it’s totally fine! But remember to follow what is the most important for you..
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