2012 - The Year of the Micro-Adventure
2011 is rapidly coming to a close and it has been a fantastic year at that. I was able to pedal my Salsa Fargo more than 7,000 miles around the US this year. Not quite as far as I had hoped, but all in all, pretty darn good. This was the 3rd year in my quest to travel more than 50,000 miles all by human power. So far I have kayaked to Alaska; kayaked up the Atlantic Coast; and bicycled around most of the US. Combine those three trips and some of my smaller adventures and I have now crossed the 12,000 mile mark for human power travel.
To date all of these trips have been long and solo, with all three of my major trips taking more than 6 months at a time. I would be lying if I did not say that as much as I love my alone time, it is time to mix things up and perhaps join some fellow travellers in pursuit of some epic trips. With that out of the way, I am dubbing 2012 as the year of the Micro-Adventure. For those of you not familiar with the term, it has really come into its own over the last year or two when describing trips ranging from days to weeks. I really love the term in that I think everyone can do their own Micro-Adventure right from their back yard.
You don't have to plan anything huge and epic, but you do need to get out there and Do It! Micro-Adventures are all about getting out into nature and experiencing the joys of grass, dirt, mountains, oceans, rivers, creeks, roads, etc. You get the point, it simply involves getting out there and really embracing adventure as part of your everyday life.
So, in 2012, instead of one large epic trip, I will be undertaking a number of smaller adventures, ranging from several days, to a week, to several weeks. Some of the adventures will be small in nature, and one or two will be Epic! I will do a number of my trips this year with my friend and fellow explorer Richard Harpham. Richard and I first met 3 years ago in a chance crossing in the middle of no where along the Inside Passage in British Columbia. We have stayed in touch over the years, followed each others exploits and talked long and hard about joining forces and doing some very cool trips.
Richard is based out of the UK which obviously creates some issues for me since I am in the US. To solve this problem, I have been able to scratch together enough change to get myself over to the UK for the winter where Richard and I will travel by bike, kayak, and skis through central and northern Europe. We will be working hard to share our stories, images, video and message to both our web followers and the younger kids of England. Richard has developed an amazing program called Inspired Life, where he uses the stories of adventurers and athletes to provide inspiring and uplifting messages to young children. It is an amazing program and one that I look forward to becoming involved in.
From Europe, Richard and I will migrate back to North America, where we will undertake one of the most difficult and challenging trips that either of us has attempted. Details will come soon, but it will involve two wheels, sub zero temperatures, and the Arctic Circle!!
So, as 2011 comes to an end and 2012 rapidly approaches stay tuned for details. As always, I will try and share my thoughts and emotions of life on the trail, coupled with a smattering of ever present gear and technique talk followed by lots of images and more video. I hope that my travels and life simplification can inspire you to make a change, however small, in your own life. We only go down this road once, so lets live it to the fullest.