David, 44, plans to start his circumnavigation in 34 days, on his 45th birthday. His first stop: Pedro’s, a fellow Warm Showers host at Luarca. I was fortunate enough to stay with David at Foz, Galicia, in his grandfather’s restored barn, before David left to cycle the world. The barn had fallen into disrepair. David, his father and his brother, have restored the building, digging deeper to add another level while adding more stone to extend the roof for David’s bedroom.
David has planned his round-the-world trip for two years. His warchest stands at 12,000 euros in addition to 3000 euros for equipment and 3000 euros for flights and visas.
“What is your budget per day?” I asked David as we peddled to his barn house.
“Well, 200 euros per month, more or less. I mean, this is OK, but some guys do it on ten dollars a day or less.”
I thought I had honed my frugal blade to a fearful cutlass, a veritable scimitar of scrimp, slashing average costs to 20 euros a day — but no, I’ll have to cut the fat to get down to round-the-world pro level.
David works as a radio host at Foz’s cultural center. He interviews people for the local radio program and on the day that I met him he had interviewed a German who had been living in Spain for twenty years building clay-brick houses.
David’s favourite interviewee?
A Danish traveler, Charlie Uldahl Christensen, who is walking from Esbjerg, Denmark, to the village of Lengasti, Tanzania, on the East Coast of Africa pushing a pram of water to raise awareness for African clean water.
David has also hosted Wild Bill, a Fully Lugged reader favourite. David confided in me that, since I had met Wild Bill in Boo de Piélagos, Bill has been pulled over six or seven times by the Guarda Civil. But Bill, ever the sweet talker, has never been fined as he claims his e-bike and trailer combination are saving the world.
I asked David how his mum and dad felt about his forthcoming adventures.
“I haven’t told my mother,” David said over our fried salmon dinner. “It’s like this: I’ll tell her a few days before I leave.”
“And your father?”
“I meet him once every two weeks at a restaurant. When I bring it up — the trip — he hangs his head. But this last time, I didn’t say anything, and he asked me about it.”
David is a humble guy. No internet at home, he cooks with a wood-burning stove and has made a his own boy scout tin can cooker for his two year trip. Incongruously, he has a penchant for American sitcoms dubbed in Spanish, laughing with gusto at The Big Bang Theory.
Keep laughing David!