I happened to run into a couple of heavily laden bikes with some rather interesting signage while on my commute home. Signage that claimed these folks were on their way towards South America on bike. I seized on the opportunity to get a quick interview with them. The full audio is available here in mp3 format:
[Text transcript of interview]
Ross Del Duca: We’re here at the Caltrain station at 4th & King in San Francisco and we’ve got a couple of heavily laden bikes that just made their way off the train. What are you names?
Jessica: I’m Jessica.
Antonio: I’m Antonio.
Ross: I see you’ve got a couple of other passengers, who are they?
Antonio: Sophia and Tonio
Ross: And so, what are you guys starting today?
Antonio: Today we’re starting our way down the coast of the United States and the coast of Mexico through Baja and into central America. And we’re not really sure how far into south America but that general direction.
Ross: Are you doing it entirely on the bikes I see in front of us?
Antonio: Both the same, yea.
Ross: So, have you done long trips like this before?
Jessica: This is our first one.
Ross: This is your first one? That’s amazing
Antonio: We didn’t know much about bicycles like three months ago.
Antonio: We were running a hostel in Las Vegas.
Jessica: We had a guest named Mark Doherty, and he was cycling around the world.
Ross: Oh interesting…
Antonio: It was interesting to hear his adventures, and follow him on his blog. We have our own blog now and also we want to start our own hostel. We didn’t really like Las Vegas, it wasn’t for us. So we’re kinda hoping that a South American beach somewhere will be our home. We like that kind of living where we live at home and clean up after people and meet people…
Antonio & Jessica: laughs
Antonio: The cleaning up is just part of the job.
Jessica: It’s like traveling without having to go anywhere.
Ross: Nice. Anything else that you’d like to let people know before we sign off here?
Antonio and Jessica together: Check us out on FunkyMonkeyFamily.com
Ross: Excellent. Thank you very much.
Antonio and Jessica together: Thank you.
Don’t let their relative newness to cycling fool you though. These are definitely not folks who just jumped on their bikes and started pedaling. In fact, if you check out their list of gear purchased for their trip, you see some very smart purchases. Their pair of Surly Long Haul Truckers are, to some, the very definition of touring cycling. They have clearly done their homework.
Another interesting tidbit picked up after the recorder was turned off: they were actually starting their ride in San Francisco following a Critical Mass ride.
So join me in wishing Antonio, Jess and the twins a safe, interesting and enjoyable trip. I know I’ll be following their blog with interest.