Leticia Cline and Kristen Lassen announced yesterday that they will be departing on a 10,ooo mile ride from Southern Florida to The Dream Roll in southern Washington. These ladies will cover 21 states in the month of August 2015. They are calling their journey The Lost Latitudes and plan to document it through various social media channels, a book and a documentary following their ride.
I got the chance to chat with Kristen about the ride and she answered a few questions for me for the ol' blog.
What influenced you two to team up and commit to this ride? Leticia and I had begun a routine of hanging out almost every week, even though she lives two hours away. We would pretty much just shoot the shit and talk about life, ideas, and dreams for the future. Well anyways, we got talking one day about how we wanted to make a trip to the Dream Roll. Being that we live on the total most southeast part of the USA and the Dream Roll is in Washington, we figured it'd be an awesome opportunity to explore more of our country along the way. Leticia and I are big into sharing stories and learning about the history of our whereabouts, so the Lost Latitudes naturally flourished from what we love to do.
What point(s) on your map are you most excited about? Oh man, this one is hard. I don't think I can pinpoint that right now. Only because we really want to allow for the stories to unfold along the way, so there may be super exciting days in the smallest of towns that we don't even know that we will be stopping at currently. Our turnaround point at The Dream Roll we KNOW will be exciting though. So that's a given.
How long are you planning on taking to do this 10,ooo mile ride? We are planning to be on the road for a month. You never know what happens on the road though, so we'll take it as it goes.
I heard you are going to make a book or documentary out of this trip, can we have some inside information on this? Yes! We would like to make a photo memoir book out of the trip, extending the people and land that we encounter into something that can last forever. The film will highlight how life is on the road (and on two wheels), the hidden towns we encounter, the people we meet, and the lessons we've learned.
How long have you and Leticia known each other and how did you meet? We've known each other for about half a year now, I believe. We had communicated on Instagram (oddly enough that's how I've met a lot of motorcyclists I know today), and planned to meet up for tea one day. When we did, we sat for hours talking. Since then, it's been the same every meet up - and we have one heck of an adventure to come now!
What would you like to say to the ladies out there thinking about doing a long ride themselves? I would tell them just to do it. You can only plan for so much. Don't let the fears get to you. I've been on several cross-country motorcycle trips and they've each had a lesson to teach me that I would have never gotten elsewhere. You find how strategic you are, how handy you are, and how much you can handle. Which more often than not is a lot more than you know.