North Vancouver couple sets on a 10-year bike trip
WATCH: Andrew and Amanda Prenty talk to Sophie Lui and Steve Darling about taking their bikes around the world on a 10-year journey.
Amanda and Andrew Prenty have been planning their trip of a lifetime for nearly three years.
But that is a small amount of time to spend organizing your trip when you plan to travel for an entire decade.
The North Vancouver couple plans to travel around the world on their bikes for a whopping 10 years.
“The key to happiness lies in how you spend your time, and for us, spending time on bicycles is when we are truly happy,” says Andrew Prenty.
The Prentys have sold their condo and all of their possessions to be able to fund the trip.
They estimate it will cost $30 a day to support the two of them for 10 years.
“It does not sound like a lot here in Canada, but it can really go a long way in other parts of the world,” says Andrew.
The couple is forgoing their high-earning years to be able to take the trip.
“We are walking away from it because it is not important to us,” says Amanda Prenty. “We want to see the world, we want to meet other people, learn about cultures and just see what the world has to offer. We will figure it out when we get back.”
Missing Christmas holidays and family get-togethers will be tough, but the Pentrys say their family has been very supportive of their adventure.
“It is very emotional. Our parents are a bit older, so there is a possibility we will never see them again,” says Amanda.
The couple is packing 180 pounds worth of equipment to load on their bicycles. They plan to camp out for the next 6-8 months.
The first leg of their journey starts this Thursday.
The Pentrys are flying up north, where they plan to ride through the North West Territories, Yukon, B.C. and Alberta for a few months.
They then plan to ride through the United States and into Mexico around Christmas.
They will spend the winter in Central America, riding through many countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, before setting sail for Colombia.
They plan to be in Rio De Janeiro in time for the 2016 Olympics.
The Pentrys plan to wrap up the first leg by heading to the Antarctic Circle.