Dave & Dave (And My Trip to Petaluma)

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

I’m really pumped about the Clo-Cow half marathon, and I thought it would be fun to go to the expo. (Don’t get excited though, that didn’t happen.)

I liked the idea of meeting a bunch of fun people, and a cow was going to be there for a couple of hours!

I started looking at bus schedules and realizing how hard it would be to make it all the way up to NoCal in time.

I would’ve had to leave immediately after my Friday class. Then I’d have to find a place to stay on Saturday. It seemed like a small ordeal to go to the expo.

Then, I started thinking, “A cow sounds really fun in theory, ’cause I’m picturing an adorable cartoon cow. But in real life it’s gonna be an actual animal. So, terrifying then.”

I decided to just ride straight to the race.

I think it was the right decision, ’cause I ended up meeting super fun new friends anyway! I got on the Greyhound from L.A. to San Fran at 4:15pm on Saturday. I ended up in line behind Dave and Dave (yes, they were both named Dave). They were from England, and they were 8 months in to an around-the-world adventure together!

my new friends Dave and Dave outside the Greyhound bus in San Francisco, CA after midnight

Dave and Dave

They were too cool! They just decided, “I’ve always wanted to travel. Life is happening now. I’m gonna go do it.” So, Dave #1 quit his job. Dave #2 took a year-long sabbatical from work.

Off they went! They’ve been everywhere. Their pictures were breathtaking, and they had all of these super cool experiences from different parts of the world.

They rode ostriches! They tried grasshoppers. They made new friends everywhere they went. And they were totally flying by the seat of their pants!

I asked where they were staying in San Francisco. They had no idea. They looked up hostels on the bus once we were almost to there. They had faith that wherever they went, they’d be able to figure out something.

They were incredibly awesome and inspiring, and I wanted to drop everything and spend the next three months traveling across America with them. I didn’t, but I thought about it!

Their journey’s gonna end in New York. I told them it’s a good thing they’re ending there, ‘cause they might be compelled to stay there forever. Dave #1 said he’s prepared for that scenario. If he finds a place in his year of travel that really speaks to him, he’ll up and move there. How cool, right? – So free and open to life.

I can’t wait to hear what happens with the rest of their journey!

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