113 minutes | Sep 16th 2020

13. Her Odyssey: An Adventure Across the Americas

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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.
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