My name is EsmÃ©, and I’m a typical broke musician and ex-bartender in my mid-thirties who decided to embark on an indefinite journey through the Americas on a bicycle with my boyfriend. Unlike Ryan, I have essentially no travel experience, no navigation skills, and no experience outfitting, maintaining, or even riding a bike…so of course when he asked me to go along, I said yes immediately, without question, and never (ok, barely) looked back. The few things that actually might qualify me for this kind of endeavor is that I enjoy camping, I’m usually happiest if the decision on whether or not to shower every day is out of my hands, and I’m in love with the idea of living minimally…oh yeah, and it helps that I’m also in love with Ryan. Clearly, like a lot of people in this world, I have little idea what I’m doing and a strong inclination to tell everyone all about it. So that’s what you’ll get from me here- honesty- as I (and sometimes we) attempt to figure things out along the way. Throughout the ride, I hope to find some connection with and inspiration for those who come across our story by sharing the sobering details of life, love, and travel- all the things most people want to know that we should probably keep to ourselves.
Well, there’s not much to say about him. Â Ryan’s just weird. Ask his family, friends, or Esme; they’ll confirm it.
He tried bicycling from Minnesota to Patagonia once in November (you can read about it here.) Â After pedaling 43 days into headwinds, rain, and sleet on the way down the Mississippi River to a town called New Orleans he rejoined Esme who he’d met on Day 13 of his trip. Â For two months Ryan wasÂ lost in the Big Easy and he’d tell you itÂ felt pretty good. Â Now he’s traded in his favorite pair of Chacos forÂ a new pair ofÂ Keens and trying the trip to Patagonia all over again withÂ a companion.
You can read about his past adventures on ryansinn.com. Â He also Â owned a technology consulting company forÂ over twentyÂ years calledÂ Wizard Technologies. Â Don’t worry, you’ve probably never heard of it. Â Between bouts with professional photography, musicianship, back country hiking, road trips, and general exploratory operations of the mind, body, and soul, he re-discovered his love for bicycling… and just a few short years later, here we are.