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I have traveled to 32 countries, posted 15,875 pictures and written 571 entries in 13 travel blogs
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Michellendave
Hometown
Wherever I hang my hat is my home,
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Member Since
Oct 26, 2009
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About Michellendave

Profession
Retired
Favourite music
Reggae, R&B, Jazz, Pop
Favourite movie
I'm not a big movie buff but enjoyed:Tootsie, Forrest Gump, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Good Earth
Languages
Dutch, English, rusty German
Favourite quote
My take on the quote by Saint Francis of Assisi...accept the things I cannot change, have the courage the change the things I can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.
Interests and hobbies
Travel, Backpacking, Trekking, Bicycling, Scuba Diving, Pickleball, Decorative Painting, Reading
One thing I want to do before I die
Cycle around the world. Through-hike the AT
Favourite book
A Fine Balance By Rohinton Mistry
My friends describe me as
Adventurous
The most amazing moment in my life so far
There have been so many. Of course being a woman who has given birth to 2 daughters, that definitely has to rate right up there. Dave and I have experienced many amazing moments during our travels.
I was born in the Netherlands and the oldest of three. At age 18, I immigrated (with mother, brother and sister) to the USA (Utah). I took to it like a fish to water and LOVED our life here. The relaxed atmosphere and the mountains made me feel like I was on holiday every day. The fact that my brother and I went from being totally 'not cool' in Holland to being the coolest kids on the block didn't hurt either! We moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1968 and too soon I married and had 2 daughters. Over the next 12 years lived in Germany, England and Canada then back to Santa Barbara and divorced. In 1980, I met the love of my life....Dave. And 3 years later we married. Dave introduced me to the finer things in life .......backpacking, snowshoeing and how to light a bonfire. An athletic and adventurous side of me emerged and the rest is history. After the kids left home and our finances improved, we ventured further away from home and more off the beaten path. We added our PADI Scuba Certification to our repertoire and traveled to Europe, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, India, China, Tibet, Nepal, Indonesia (including Irian Jaya), Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos etc, etc. Dave and I moved to Michigan in 1998 and beginning 2000, we lived for 3 amazing years in Japan followed by 9 months in China.
While living in Japan, we joined a fully supported cycle tour from Seoul, Korea to Osaka Japan, sponsored by Japan Airlines. One hundred and fifty people from all over the world participated. That gave us the confidence that we could do and enjoy long distance cycling on our own. From then on we made yearly bike tours lasting 2 to 3 weeks. Including: The Pacific Coast from Eureka to Oxnard, CA, an extremely scenic coastal trip. Nashville to New Orleans along the historical Natchez Trace, Connecticut to Bar Harbor, Maine, We circled Lake Michigan and rode Pittsburgh to Washington DC along the Allegheny Passage and C&O. We did several fantastic cycle trips in Holland, the country made for cycling. In 2008 we cycled from Holland to Paris. In 2009 we again cycled Pittsburgh to Washington DC. We self-published books about those trips. See: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625981 & http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1215887 
In 2009, Dave accepted early retirement from General Motors. We sold our home and cars and were ready to live our dream, to see the world in slow motion!!  That word 'healthy' suddenly came in perspective and we learned how quickly things can change. More reason to enjoy every moment and give a little back along the way. In July 2010, we finally were able to leave on our bicycles from Oxnard, CA going south--> Baja, MX--> Mexico--> Guatemala--> El Salvador-> Nicaragua -> Costa Rica. We stored the bikes and took backpacks to Asia in 2011. We cycled the Donauradweg beginning April 2013 and finished at the Black Sea in July 2013! Donauradweg is the 2875 kilometer long cycling path along the Danube river that starts in Donaueschingen Germany and ends in Romania at the Black Sea. We plan to keep going as long as we think it is fun and as long as we are healthy.
I consider tourist/travelers ambassadors for their countries. We travel with humility and respect. And in our small way spreading good will, tolerance and understanding for our differences, knowing that in the end, the people on earth are more alike than different.

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