Welcome to Life on GentleCycle
To live gently in the world
Welcome Gentle Readers,
We are Susan Carey and Jamie Wyant. The basic idea of Life on Gentle Cycle started when we realized that we enjoyed slow, quiet, self-organized, semi-planned bicycle touring — an approach we called gentle cycling. We still have a few cycling posts that you can find here.
When we retired in 2017 it was like changing the setting on a washing machine from “Agitate and Spin'' to "Gentle Cycle.” We sold our Salem, Oregon home and most of our possessions and moved with five elderly pets to Valencia, Spain. You can read more about moving to and living in Valencia here. That was retirement phase one.
Retirement phase two began as, one by one, our senior pets set aside the burdens of daily life. We decided to explore Western Europe with one daypack, one suitcase. We aren't travel writers, so there really isn't much, but the posts from the months we spent in the Alpujarra region of southern Spain living in the village of Mairena are here. All of our Gentle Journey posts are assembled here.
Because paths can and do fork in ways no man or woman can ever truly grasp, for that is the way the world has been made.
What does living gently mean for us?
Early in 2022, after reading Dr Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die (Flatiron Books, 2015) we modified our vegan diets by eliminating industrial processed vegan products and intentionally including a much greater variety of whole vegetables, fruits, pulses and nuts. We didn’t stop there though.
Shifting the focus of our attention during the daily tasks of food buying and preparation rekindled Jamie’s enthusiasm for ecosystem thinking. He began to envision our itinerant household as a tiny part of the global ecosystem.
At the same time, Susan’s deepening interest in yoga practice awakened an appreciation of the union of mind, body, spirit that yoga engenders.
As we compared notes and shared our thinking, we began to see the way, to see how we could live with intention and find our way to an ethically consistent way of living.
And Now for Something Completely Different – Monty Python Film Title
Over the next few months we will shift the emphasis of Living on GentleCycle. We will be exploring ways to integrate our dedication to:
- Nonviolent sustenance,
- Age appropriate yoga and other physical activities,
- Growing self knowledge through meditation and inner exploration, creative arts, and collaboration with others,
- Growing our knowledge and awareness of the world around us through continuous learning, gentle travel, and community participation.
By living gently in the coming years we might actually clean up our own messy contribution to mindless consumerism and maybe balance the account.
Our Latest Blog Posts
I’m a Charity Shop Fangirl
We Expanded Our Travel Options As Trusted Housesitters
Have ye had the Guinness yet?
Our Companions Are Gone But Not Forgotten