The Daily Trail
Beginning in 5 days I start my Bike Around America tour, an 11,000 plus mile trip around the exterior of the continental US. In addition to my normal postings, I am going to try and do something different for this trip. In the past I wrote my daily thoughts and emotions in my hand written journals; to date I have filled up 8 volumes of these books and now count them among my most prized possessions. For the Bike Around America tour I am going to attempt to write a portion of these entries on-line as a window into my thoughts and emotions as I tour the country.
The Daily Trail will be accessible both as an RSS feed and as a viewable item under the Adventure Biking menu item. Here I will try and share the roller coaster of a ride that is Adventure Travel, especially travel done alone and with relatively no money. I have learned from my past travels that this is a beautiful way of seeing the world, but often one filled with incredible highs and very low lows. Traditionally I have not written about these items on my site, instead reserving them for the privacy of my personal hand written journals.
Now, for the first time, I will expose myself bare and attempt to post a good deal of these writings here for all to see. Even now, as I make this change to the web site, I am filled with trepidation about this move. Can I truly find a way to expose my soul in such an open way? Will I have the strength to write my innermost thoughts in such a public way? Images float in my mind of the stereotypical journal from our youth, the one with the little lock and key intended to keep prying eyes away. That is how I have dealt with my journals to date, kept private, for my eyes only. Can I really change?
This move is scary and yet liberating, it is the the thought of lifting a burden off your shoulders -- knowing how difficult the act will be. At the same time there is an exhilaration from knowing how good it will feel to have freed yourself from weight of keeping those thoughts, feelings, and emotions private. For those of you wishing to embark on your own long distance travels, no matter your choice of transportation, I hope this will give you a real, un-filtered insight into what life is like on the road. Anyone who has made this kind of trek will tell you that the highs are worth the lows, but I don't think you as an observer are often given the chance to really evaluate that analysis for yourself. In the Daily Trail, you will have an opportunity to do just that.
I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do,