My decision to do this ride came abruptly, and honestly not very well thought out. I had for sometime felt a draw towards charity work. So naturally when I heard about this opportunity to bike across the united states for humanitarian aide, I couldn’t say no. Once I committed to the ride, I purchased a used bike, and was on my way to training with only two months until departure from Seattle. I remember being extremely worried about my fitness, but soon after the first week, I felt that my mental toughness empowered my physical strength. By utilizing my mental toughness, my fears of high mileage, bad weather and going down hill at high speeds seemed to disappear.
The end result – I managed to put on more miles then anyone else, by getting lost – ha. Not that that is a good thing, but just a reflection of the kind of shape one can emerge into once you are on a journey like the transcontinental bike ride. This was an amazing experience. I was impressed by every one’s gracious hospitality, open arms, great support, and most of all, when you participate in something selfless like this bike ride, you not only grow as an individual, but you meet wonderful people like yourself who are willing to be just as selfless as you are. The end result is a great experience, a new out look on life, an appreciation for everything we are so blessed to have, and hopefully some great friends and memories for a life time. Easily the most accomplished moment in my life, and nothing felt better then that finish line in Boston!!!