Now this is what I call finding inspiration in your elders!
A California couple, age 62 and 48, took off on their bikes in 2002 and spent four years travelling [half of] the world. They pedaled through 57 countries on four continents, taking everything they needed with them on racks and paniers.
Read their story and see the map of their route on CNN right here. Click on the map-points to see small video clips from that area.