Month: June 2021

The Pedalshift Project 245: Caleb and Marilyn Living by Bike

A chat with Caleb Werntz, a filmmaker who has overcome homelessness by learning to live on a bicycle for eight years of epic tours alongside a calico cat named Marilyn. We talk challenges, COVID and Marilyn’s origin story.


The Pedalshift Project 245: Caleb and Marilyn Living by Bike

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The Interview: Caleb and Marilyn Living by Bike

Caleb Werntz is a filmmaker who has overcome homelessness by learning to live on a bicycle. He’s joined on his epic tours by a calico cat named Marilyn, who have collectively ridden over 6,000 miles in the last eight years.
 
They are preparing for another major tour this summer where Marilyn will take the captain’s chair and Caleb will create video and book content to inspire others to pursue their dreams.
 
The Pedalshift Project 245: Caleb and Marilyn Living by Bike
 
What’s your earliest memories being on a bike?
 
How did you get started with long distance travel by bike?
 
How did you and Marilyn end up together?
 
How do you secure her on the bike when you’re rolling?
 
Last time I ran into a guy traveling with a cat by bike, he let the cat roam pretty freely in camp… same for you?
 
What’s the reaction like on the road? Anyone negative about it? How do you handle that?
 
What was the biggest challenge for you traveling during COVID? What are you looking forward to most as we round the corner out of it?
 
What’s next for you?

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