“Best Kind” Marion
Travel is life! The road is home! Happy Belly, Happy Heart! Every now and then, a work opportunity becomes available at a hospital in “small town” North Carolina. When this happens, a hotel becomes our home. Marion works at this hotel. She welcomes us back with sincere kindness, nourishes us with food and love, and never misses an opportunity to crack a joke or teach us some Newfoundland slang. But, there is so much more to our friendship than that. We could write pages about Marion’s Road Angel Qualities… really, it would go on and on. Let’s just say that Marion’s friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of our life on the road. Thank you Marion! Long may your big jib draw!!
Eldo caretaker and one of our most interesting friends. Christiaan resides on the outskirts of Amsterdam, and keeps a watchful eye over Eldo when we have had to return to USA for brief periods. He’s overseen some maintenance and has kept her exercised and running for us. He regularly keeps in touch and keeps us up to date on all the cool news related to travel, food, beer, and science. He is also our personal Amsterdam guide, and keeps us well entertained while visiting. Friends like Christiaan make our travel dreams possible.
Work friend, life friend, emergency hair de-tangler, and travel companion. Cathy adapts to all roles and inspires by doing. She is first to hop a plane to unknown destinations and share the joy of travel and adventure with open mind and non stop laughs. Watching her push herself outside of comfort zones is inspiring and reminds me why travel is life! Cathy was Eldo’s first road guest for an exciting tour of Iceland. Check out the video series “Cathy’s Icelandic Adventure” on the Travel Ur Dreams Youtube Channel. You will see just how fun tight quarter travel can be.
People pass through life. Some quickly disappear, some casually keep in touch, and some, despite the distance, remain constant companions of the heart. When Craig says he will do something, he always comes through. There’s never been a time or a place that was too inconvenient for Craig to help me out, cheer me on, or give me a push. I find comfort in the unknown; routes, destinations, and adventures. But not of any less importance to me, is the comfort that comes from knowing that Craig is there, watching my back and cheering me on. He makes the challenging moments less scary. He makes this great big crazy world smaller and safer. He is my constant Road Angel.
Florida Birdman Frank
Being a traveler my entire adult life often meant years passed between seeing friends and family. In recent years, my father, has played an important role in my new adventures. In July 2017, I arrived at his home and business, www.suwanneeriverrendezvous.com , with my Jeep “Eldo” before embarking on my around the world road trip. He generously opened up his well stocked workshop and campground to me. During this time, Eldo was modified and tuned up for her years ahead on the road. Two years later, I show up with another project vehicle, my van Rado. Once again, without hesitation, he opens up his workshop and campground. Several weeks later, Rado emerges with a renewed lease on life, and ready to explore the roads and towns of north and central America. His generosity, encouragement, and expertise during these projects is appreciated and will never be forgotten.
Danish Dinner Deva
Recently arrived in Hjorring Denmark after a five week expedition through Iceland. We were a little beat up and run down. The late May Denmark sun was thawing us out and recharging our batteries. We found a small campsite in the farmland close to the beach at Skallerup Klit. Nearby was a small house with an inviting front porch and huge windows. The lady at the house waved as we passed. She later came out to greet us and invite us to a homemade dinner. Inge was an artist on a month long holiday from Copenhagen. Her strong, independent traveler’s spirit shined through during an evening of great food, drink, and conversation. The evening passed quickly. Sometimes strangers seem familiar as they share a piece of their spirit with you. Inge was this warm familiarity and it was just what our souls needed.
Abi, our Sartenja Guide
We crossed the Rio Hondo River border from Chetumal, Mexico into Belize. Elizabeth randomly picked Sartenja as our destination. On the map it looked remotely and way off the beaten path. It was a long, hot, dusty, bumpy drive through the northeast Belize wilderness. 5 hours later we pulled into the Sarteneja Village waterfront where we saw the inviting cool crystal blue water of Corozal Bay. We drove right up to the water and parked in the lot of the Sarteneja Guide Association. We were exhausted from a day filled with border crossings, extreme tropical heat, back jarring dirt roads, and a creepy Mennonite encounter. Abi, a local resident and member of the guide association welcomed us to stay the night right where we were parked. He lived across the street and assured us we were welcome and safe. We talked fishing, music, and travel. He invited us to a fresh fish dinner at his home and introduced us to the entire family. The food was amazing and we were made to feel right at home. A great new friend made that day. Thanks Abi for keeping us safe on our first night in Belize and even more for remaining our good friend.
Quincy and the birth of our table…
We met Quincy while living in a USA hotel during a long term work assignment. At the time, he worked in the hotel maintenance department. You know how you meet certain people in your life and they just “click”? Quincy is one of those people, always quick with a sincere hello and a helping hand. We consider him one of our best friends. He also provided tools and great advice during the trial and error Eldo table creation project. As you know, Eldo’s table is at the center of our daily lives. Every meal, every cup of coffee, all our social and creative moments take place around our ingeniously simple table. In honor of his friendship and help, we named our table “Quincy”, and we think of our friend every time we set up camp.
Juancho, an Original
When I think of all my angels, Juancho is very high on that list. When I began traveling central America as a 17 year old single woman, there were risks and danger everywhere. I met Juancho in Costa Rica while living and working at a monkey rehabilitation center. Juancho is an all original, sincere hearted gentle soul. He took me as a sister and kept a watchful, yet respectful eye out for my well being. Through all the years, Juancho contacts me at unexpected moments and brightens my day. It was great seeing and laughing with him again as I drove through Costa Rica with Eldo.
He smiled as he inspected my crazy home and said in true Juancho style, “Cool Life!”