Roller

” What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible “

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Meet the Roller, dedicated to those who dream with their eyes open and act before time is gone..
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Mike & Rebecca

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“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!

What’s your name?
My name is Mike Sweeney and my wife and traveling companion is Rebecca.
Where are you from?
Although neither of us was actually born there, we lived in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for some time. It’s there that we first concocted the idea of giving up our mainstream life to set off traveling. For the record, we documented that entire process, right from day one, on our website: http://www.ZeroToCruising.com.
What brought you to Mexico?
Our daughter lives in Corona, California and it’s her and her husband’s home that we used as our base to plan and outfit ourselves for our cycling trip. We started riding from her doorstep on June 1, 2017, heading south into Baja.
How long have you been traveling around and what places have you cruised around?
Before cycling, we actually lived and traveled on a sailboat. We sailed from Canada in the summer of 2010 and traveled the Eastern Caribbean for 7 years.
How do you support yourself money-wise?
I’m not sure that we do! Actually, we’re simply living off our savings. For a year and a half in the middle of our travels, Rebecca and I ran yacht charters in the Virgin Islands as a Captain/Chef team. I know that at some point we will need to work again. What we end up doing to earn a living when that time comes is still up in the air.
What did you know about Mexico beforehand?
Not a ton. We had done a few typical vacations to Mexico prior to our sailing days but those types of trips pale in comparison to what we’re doing now. The one thing we were confident about was that the majority of people in Mexico would be friendly, just as they are in virtually every other part of the world.
Favorite place and food… why?
We have visited so many incredible places in Mexico that it’s difficult to choose just one. If I was forced to pick, I guess I’d say Oaxaca. We stayed with an incredible Warmshowers host there who really took it upon himself to act as our tour guide. That made our stay in the city even more special.
As for favorite food, does cold beer count as food?
Favorite Spanish word.
Ahorita. It reminds me of the Caribbean expression Jus’ now.
Any sketchy or dangerous moment?
I wish I had a cool story to share like how we beat off 6 armed bandits but the truth is, we haven’t come close to having anything like that happen. The sketchiest situations are always when we find ourselves riding on a busy highway, something we try extremely hard to avoid.
What has been the soundtrack of your trip?
We’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts as of late. One I enjoy is the Jocko Podcast. Listening to some of the interviews that he has on his show makes me realize that I have no right to complain about a tough day. As far as music goes, I like some old school Rock. Red Barchetta by Rush always gets me going.
Goal or dream you would like to achieve?
Our most current goal is to ride to Ushuaia, Argentina, a similar goal to many cyclists that we know. After that, who knows?
Favorite quote?
I guess it would be part of the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
How has traveling changed you?
When we sold our business, our house, and almost all of our belongings to move onto a tiny 32′ catamaran, we learned to live pretty simply. Now that we’re bikepacking, we’ve taken that to an entirely more-extreme level. The thing is, we’re just as happy without all that stuff. In fact, even more so. We get our pleasure from meeting new people and seeing what is around the next corner, not from buying the latest gadgets.
What can you say to the people reading this?
We didn’t know how to sail when we committed ourselves to sailing the Caribbean. We simply took a week’s worth of lessons and then made it happen. The same thing can be said for this bike tour. Neither Rebecca nor I had ever ridden a bike on anything more than a day trip. That didn’t stop us from getting bikes and setting off into the Baja desert in the middle of summer. Of course, we did our due diligence and planned but we didn’t get hung up on the details. You do not need to have all of the answers to begin. And most importantly, if we can do it, so can you!
“What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To know more about Mike’s and Rebecca’s journey follow them through their social medias:

Website: http://www.zerotocruising.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zerotocruising
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zerotocruising/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zerotocruising
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mikesweeney

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Zofia Radzikowska

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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?
Zofia Radzikowska

Where you from?
Warsaw, Poland

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?
In Mexico?
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

Favorite quote?
“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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