Come on over!

Now that I have two blogs covering the different aspects of this one, I will make some changes to both. The Freewheeling Freelancer will continue to carry non-fiction about living and working on the road, and about my bicycle travels. Meanwhile, the site jthine.com will host fiction and memoir. Each Saturday, I will post to one site and publish a link on the other.

This week, I invite you to read the short story, Retirement, really?, part of the backstory to the Emily & Hilda series. https://jthine.com/blog/. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Smooth roads and tailwinds,

Jonathan.

New England 2019: lessons learned

This was my sixth summer touring with Cheryl, who has taught me almost everything I know about bicycle touring and camping. By now, I think that I may be getting the hang of this by myself. Nevertheless, every year I find things to learn. Here are some of the lessons learned and relearned from the two months in New England. Continue reading

Don’t quit your job: take it with you!

This week, I travelled to Philadelphia for the Philly Bike Expo. This is the 10th anniversary of this massive gathering of the bicycle tribes. I will report on the trip starting next week.

Meanwhile, if you are going to be close to Philadelphia, you might want to come. I will present a seminar at 3 p.m. Saturday, in Terrace Ballroom III at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. https://phillybikeexpo.com/

Travel enriches our lives. For most people, traveling involves breaking away and coming back. We take vacations, then come “home” until we can go out for the next holiday.

Have you ever dreamed of your “normal life” being on your bicycle? Based on a four-year experiment living on a bicycle, reported in this blog, I will provide basic principles and tips for deciding whether the life of the digital nomad (who burns the bridges) or the location-independent worker (who keeps a base somewhere) is right for you. We will discuss communications, types of work that travel, keeping healthy, budgeting, managing the business, etc. and answer questions about working abroad.

Pensacola, Florida

This is not bicycle touring, and it is not for everyone, but it is an achievable dream for many. Only the backpacker has more serious space and weight issues than the cyclist; the lessons from this presentation can be scaled up to other ways to travel.

If you have ever wondered about being able to live on the road, this seminar should be helpful – whether your ticket is one-way or round-trip.

Smooth roads & tailwinds,

Jonathan

New England 2019: Home again.

On Monday, the 23rd of September, we awoke at 05:00 and quickly broke camp. We had breakfast at Helen’s restaurant in Machias, where we had enjoyed dinner on the way north. We also cleaned up in their washroom. With three hours to wait for the daily bus, we took our time.

Continue reading

New England 2019: Oh, Canada!

Sunday, the 15th of September, greeted us with ideal conditions for a bike ride: a gentle wind from the southwest, comfortable temperatures and a cloudless sky. After breakfast with Polly and Rod, my cousin drove off to her tennis date. Cheryl and I dallied over maps and tour books until 11:00, then we wheeled our bicycles out the garage. Continue reading

New England 2019: Massachusetts to Maine

On Friday, the 6th of September, we rose at dawn and rode out under a cloudy sky and the threat of a storm by late afternoon. I had a hunger headache by the time we stopped in Marblehead for clam chowder and a muffin. That constituted brunch, I guess. Continue reading