Michellendave's Traveler Profile
- Favourite music
- Reggae, R&B, Jazz, Pop
- Favourite movie
- I'm not a big movie buff but enjoyed:Tootsie, Forrest Gump, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Good Earth
- Dutch, English, rusty German
- Favourite quote
- My take on the quote by Saint Francis of Assisi...accept the things I cannot change, have the courage the change the things I can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.
- Interests and hobbies
- Travel, Backpacking, Trekking, Bicycling, Scuba Diving, Pickleball, Decorative Painting, Reading
- One thing I want to do before I die
- Cycle around the world. Through-hike the AT
- Favourite book
- A Fine Balance By Rohinton Mistry
- My friends describe me as
- The most amazing moment in my life so far
- There have been so many. Of course being a woman who has given birth to 2 daughters, that definitely has to rate right up there. Dave and I have experienced many amazing moments during our travels.
While living in Japan, we joined a fully supported cycle tour from Seoul, Korea to Osaka Japan, sponsored by Japan Airlines. One hundred and fifty people from all over the world participated. That gave us the confidence that we could do and enjoy long distance cycling on our own. From then on we made yearly bike tours lasting 2 to 3 weeks. Including: The Pacific Coast from Eureka to Oxnard, CA, an extremely scenic coastal trip. Nashville to New Orleans along the historical Natchez Trace, Connecticut to Bar Harbor, Maine, We circled Lake Michigan and rode Pittsburgh to Washington DC along the Allegheny Passage and C&O. We did several fantastic cycle trips in Holland, the country made for cycling. In 2008 we cycled from Holland to Paris. In 2009 we again cycled Pittsburgh to Washington DC. We self-published books about those trips. See: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625981 & http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1215887
In 2009, Dave accepted early retirement from General Motors. We sold our home and cars and were ready to live our dream, to see the world in slow motion!! That word 'healthy' suddenly came in perspective and we learned how quickly things can change. More reason to enjoy every moment and give a little back along the way. In July 2010, we finally were able to leave on our bicycles from Oxnard, CA going south--> Baja, MX--> Mexico--> Guatemala--> El Salvador-> Nicaragua -> Costa Rica. We stored the bikes and took backpacks to Asia in 2011. We cycled the Donauradweg beginning April 2013 and finished at the Black Sea in July 2013! Donauradweg is the 2875 kilometer long cycling path along the Danube river that starts in Donaueschingen Germany and ends in Romania at the Black Sea. We plan to keep going as long as we think it is fun and as long as we are healthy.
I consider tourist/travelers ambassadors for their countries. We travel with humility and respect. And in our small way spreading good will, tolerance and understanding for our differences, knowing that in the end, the people on earth are more alike than different.
Recent Entries by Michellendave
Super Sikkim Scenery - Nov 5, 2014
November 5, 2014 TASHIDING to PELLING - 48km by taxi Hotel Garuda, 1400Rs Mountain View Suite (w/o bf) Hairpins in ShareTaxi to Geyzing As we left for the shared jeep stand, down the ...
Most Sacred & Holiest Monastery in Sikkim - Nov 3, 2014
November 3, 2014 GANGTOK to TASHIDING Shared taxi 200 Rs per seat Stayed at an unsigned Yellow House for 300Rs per night, double with shared bath bucket shower Sleeping In After two days ...
North Sikkim Tour: Day 3-Yumthang Valley & Gangtok - Nov 2, 2014
10/31-11/2, 2014: 3-DAY NORTH SIKKIM TOUR November 2, 2014 - Day Three LACHUNG to YUMTHANG VALLEY TO YUNESUMDON (POINT ZERO) BACK TO LACHUNG then home to GANGTOK - 200km Masala Morning ...