Biking across the US has long been a dream of mine. Until now, like many, I have been working the office life looking out the window dreaming of sunshine, fresh air, and the open road. My life has long been spent paying my dues – putting in hard work in high school to get the grades and get into a good college, working even harder in college to grab the accolades in order to snag a good job and pay off those student loans, putting in harder work still at my job to have a successful career.
It seemed there was always an excuse not to follow this absurd desire. Then I started to think, what made my desire to embark on this grand journey so absurd? How is it any more absurd than grinding the hours away behind a computer screen missing the beauty that is mother-nature.
Finally I decided what better time than NOW to tackle this challenge. Truth is, there is no better time than the present. So, starting in late April I will be dipping my tire in the Atlantic and starting the long journey across this beautiful country with the Pacific squarely in my cross hairs.
I’m sure there will be ups and downs, good days and bad, but that is why I have decided to undertake this quest – to gain some perspective. This is also why I have decided to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis with my ride. When the going gets tough I will remember that there are people whose struggle makes mine pale in comparison. This is what will encourage me to ride on.