Glenn Charles

Adventurer | Photographer | Connector

Today I am a Time Traveler with a Camera... Tomorrow, who knows

Ready To Roll

I would first like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Years.  I hope that 2011 brings you each much peace, love, and happiness.  Many people this time of the year will spent a great deal of time thinking of New Years resolutions only to spend the rest of the year beating themselves up for not obtaining one more in a litany of goals.  So, I say to you, live your life to the fullest, Live it Fearlessly, and most importantly Live it in the NOW.

Today I am finally ready to embark on the next phase of my 50 in 5 challenge, and attempt to travel more than 50,000 miles in a period of 5 years, all using human powered transportation.  This leg, a 12,000 mile bike tour around America begins in less than 12 hours.  I finally got all of my kit packed and loaded in the B.O.B. trailer, including my food.  I know that over the next several weeks I will get better at loading and packing as well as figuring out how much food I actually have to carry.  Coming from my Kayak adventures I definitely struggle right now with the amount of food to actually carry.  For the first loading I will take about 10-12 days of food and see how that goes.  Obviously the less food I have to carry the lighter the load and the easier it is too pack.

I must say I am really ready to set out on the trail once again.  The excitement of travel and the knowledge that I will discover beautiful places and amazing people gives me goose bumps as I contemplate the road to come.  At this point in time, all the bike delays are forgotten and the only slightest of angst lies in making sure everything got packed and all the last minute details have been checked off; a smile comes to my face as I cross of the last item on my to-do list.

Full KitThe next several days will be used to shake out all of the gear.  While I did have the opportunity to do two long fully loaded training runs, much has changed since then, so I am sure that something will arise that needs to be dealt with.  After a period of 2 long days and then 3 small days I should be ready to begin putting in some serious miles, especially if the forecast stays nice.  Down south the cold fronts have really been brutal and I am definitely looking forward to the week of 60 and 70 degree temperatures that are currently being forecasted.

Tomorrow will also mark the start of the Daily Trail, my attempt to really document the nuts and bolts of life on the road.  In the past most of these thoughts were relegated to my trusty hand written diaries, but for this trip I am going to really try and share what each day is like.  Much of this will be done via my trusty Windows 7 Phone, so I apologize in advance for any and all spelling and grammar mistakes.   

I will attempt to use all of the new Social Media tools to document and share this great trip.  Regular updates will appear on both my Twitter and FB pages.  I will use my Spot device and the Spot Adventures widget, located on the left, to track my travels.  I am also going to try the DailyMile widget as a means of keeping a real running count of the miles logged.  Lastly, I will use this site to tell my story, share with others, and hopefully inspire some of you to live a Wabi Sabi Life.

Lastly, I will be talking loudly about Childhood Obesity. Make no mistake, this is an epidemic of tragic proportions.  It is having a profound affect on the children of today but also on us, the adults of the future.  The health impacts and costs are staggering and we must do something now.  I believe that we all CAN change the world, and I hope that you will join me in this effort. You can help by donating to the charities that are working so hard to fight Childhood Obesity or you can help by working with me to organize local events where we can get kids and adults out and inspire them to get outside and get FIT.

So, let the fun begin!

Peace & Love,

G-