Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Route

Since I was about 16 or 17 I had dreamed about one day riding my bike across the country. The usual responses to that are "are you out of your mind," "you mean ride a motorcycle right?," and the most common response of a chuckle followed by a bewildered look and then quickly changing the subject. This is to be expected I guess. This is certainly not a normal dream, a practical one or even something people would think of as a "good time," but then again I am not a normal person or practical and I definitely don't get enjoyment in activities that most people consider a "good time." For the longest time I even thought this dream was unattainable, so it just sat on the shelf and gathered dust being given little thought or attention until last year. Last year I became very close with a like minded person, Lauren Kraft, and slowly banter became research to pass the time, research became planning and one afternoon of caffeine fueled excitement lead to this:

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The planning of a trans-America bicycle ride. This will be the road map of my latest dream. Hopefully, it will lead me to places in America that most people don't even know exist, experiences that I well never forget and make me more in-touch with myself. As the date for departure quickly approaches and I think about the daunting challenge of riding from San Fransisco, CA to the east coast and I am not sure if i am ready or have what it takes to accomplish this latest goal. Then I think to myself is there ever I time that I will be more ready to complete such a challenge? Probably, not. So for today I will dream as if I will live forever and live as if I will die today.

- Chris

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