Living young, wild and free from Alaska

From the snowy plains of Alaska to the mountainous valleys of Lesotho and then on to the sun-kissed hubbub of Dundee, Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox have embarked on an epic cycling journey, armed with their bicycles, a few supplies and a passion for the open road. The pair have cycled to numerous places including the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Mexico, to name but a few.
Following their latest route, ‘the dragon spine route’, which is also the name of a book, has ushered them through the open roads of the Karoo and over the mountainous highlands of Lesotho to Dundee, a quaint town in the heart of Umzinyathi. When asked how they found Dundee, they spoke in awe about ‘how beautiful the place is and how friendly, non-segregated and welcoming Dundee is’.
Nicholas went on to comment about Dundee in his blog gypsybytrade.wordpress.com: “Dundee is a gorgeous town in the Battlefields region of the KwaZulu-Natal province. The air is humid, the land green; trees are a growing resource for shade after weeks in the veld. The city is an unusually non-segregated mix of black and white, bustling with small town commerce, equal parts derelict and shiny new.”
All-African Christmas
Lael and Nicholas ventured on their cycling journey eight years ago and travel for six months of every year. This year they have selected Africa and will be celebrating an all-African Christmas.
When asked how long will they be in Africa, Nicholas said “as long as there is money, season and desire”. When Lael and Nicholas are not travelling they are settled in a place of their choice, working part-time jobs to save enough money for their next trip.
Nicholas is a mechanic and photographer while Lael waitresses for extra cash. While hitting the road seems so enticing there are many challenges involved such as ‘bad stretches of weather and meeting challenging people who either motivate you or discourage you’. The pair travel with the bare necessities and live a simple life. “We have never lived anywhere for more than seven months and once the time is up, I’m so excited to get up and go,” stated Lael, but do not be fooled Nicholas warns “I am not a homeless man but a gypsy by trade.” Look out for their next stop – a Sho’t Left to Zimbabwe – and read all about it on their blog.

  AUTHOR
Jade Moodley
Journalist

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