13. Her Odyssey: An Adventure Across the Americas
Learn more about Fidgit, Neon, and Her Odyssey on their website. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook. You can support their mission, or just simply buy them a meal, by visiting their Patreon. Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights1:00: Fidgit and Neon started their journey over 5 years ago.5:25: Fidgit and Neon met on the PCT in 2010.8:25: The idea for Her Odyssey came to Fidgit on a drive home from work in Kansas City.10:50: Fidgit’s belief system led to her reach out to Neon to be her travel partner.14:30: Fidgit and Neon pull each other toward’s the center of emotion and logic. 19:50: Fidgit spent three years planning this trip. 22:30: Accepting that they didn’t know what they were doing was essential.23:30: Neon uses her power of observation to help them navigate.25:00: Fidgit and Neon tell an illuminating story about getting lost. 27:00: How sharing knowledge about routes and trails differs in Latin America and the US.30:00: Learning some of the local language is an important display of good will and respect.34:00: Fidgit and Neon share pointers for interacting with locals and being respectful of local culture.41:40: Gaging threats and avoiding dangerous situations internationally. 45:35: Self-defense strategy for staying safe overseas.52:00: Women’s bodies were found cut up in bags while they were in South America.59:50: How Fidgit and Neon dealt with water in South America. (Their strategy didn’t always work!)1:05:50: Fidgit and Neon go separate ways for part of their journey.1:12:00: When a region got too “murdery,” they moved on.1:21:10: How COVID has impacted their travels. 1:29:30: Fidgit and Neon are focusing on the storytelling and community building components of their journey.1:30:20: The ultimate goal of their trip is to reach the Arctic Ocean within the next two years.1:33:00: Balancing structure and letting the journey unfold.1:33:30: Advice to those looking to go on their own odyssey. 1:36:30: The grossest things Fidgit and Neon have eaten on their trip.1:43:00: The one luxury item Fidgit and Neon can’t travel without. (You will never guess!)1:49:00: How Neon and Fidgit got their trail names.