Kudos to the Original YHP!!
My original car and van living experiments were inspired by an old Georgia friend named Kenny Peavy. We used to sit at sidewalk tables in downtown Athens (GA) and discuss Thoreau… and how we could apply his philosophy of living simply, freely, and well in a modern context.
Kenny started his experiment by living in an old Ford Bronco while working at the Athens Nature Center. At night he camped in the park. By day he maintained a professional job as a naturalist… and few knew he was living out of a car. He called his experiment “YHP: Young Homeless Professional”.
That same summer I lived in my Nissan Sentra with my dog… and decided on the name “Hobopoet” to describe my similar experiment, inspired by Kenny.
Much has happened since that summer… but Kenny and I continue to experiment and adventure in our own ways. Kenny now lives in Malaysia, and he is currently involved in another great adventure.
He just quit his job in order to start his own company and non-profit (and hopefully this time I was able to provide him with a little inspiration)… and this summer he and a friend are riding their bikes from Thailand to Bali (minus the water parts)!
The focus of the trip is on environmental/ecological projects in SE Asia… so as they ride they visit various people who are doing cool things for the environment. Kenny & his friend call this project “Green Riders”.
They just finished day 3… and are currently in Southern Thailand. I’m happy for Kenny and I’m happy we have remained friends and vagabonds for all of these years!
Check out Kenny’s latest adventures on the Green Riders blog at: http://greenriders.asia/blog/
Ride Kenny ride!