Rachel Lay

New Bern, NC, USA

Rachel Lay

New Bern, NC, USA

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  • 31 References 24 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Pedicabber, Odd Jobber
  • Bachelors in Biology
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Keep the boat afloat.


For the past 7 years, I've split my time between pedicabbing in Austin, TX and traveling by bike, thumb, and sail with my boyfriend, James. We're currently exploring the Gulf and East Coasts on our floating home, a Westsail 32 sailboat.


Spend and wage slave as little as possible. Value time over money. Try to be compassionate toward people and animals. Create a small foot print.

Use it up. Wear it out.
Make it do or do without.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've spent most of my time as a CSer living in sheds, tents, and other structures too small to support guests or in places too remote to attract visitors. I've enjoyed the hospitality of others across North America and have enjoyed hosting those folks who've sent me requests.


Surfed all over the US and a bit in Mexico and Canada. Hosted some folks in my last land-based dwelling and a hardy few on our sailboat.


Sailing, low budget bike touring, hiking, vegan cooking, gardening, fermentation, wild plants, diesel engines, tinkering, dumpster diving, sewing, all varieties of DIY.

Music, Movies, and Books

Cartoons! Venture Bros, Sealab, Invader Zim. Peewee's Big Adventure is the most underrated road trip movie of all time. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Documentaries. Sci Fi. Cult Classics.

Doc Watson, Gillian Welch, The Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, all kinds of soulful, wailing, old timey music. Underground hip hop. Grungey stuff.

Slaughter House Five, Narcissus and Goldmund, Desolation Angels, most everything by Camus

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sitting alone at the helm of a 25' sailboat on a moonless night 65 miles from land on the way to the Dry Tortugas. Phosphorescence in the water getting mixed up with the stars.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know some stuff about: microbiology, bicycle repairs, knot tying, making bread, sailing, 12V electrical systems, home made seitan.

I'd like to learn more about: sailing and navigation, sewing, speaking Spanish, growing food, foraging for food, woodworking, DC circuit wizardry.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Costa Rica, France, Mexico

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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