Appreciating the Simple Things: Day 21

05/10 (Day 21)

It felt real good to wake up inside a warm house. I, and many of the people I know, tend to take for granted the things that we have. Every day I try to remember that many people are not fortunate to have simple things like food, clean drinking water, and warm beds to sleep in. Sometimes it is their own doing but sometimes it is not, for example young children who have little control in their family situation. One thing I have learned through my many adventures around the world and in the United States is that by putting myself in challenging situations and removing the luxuries of life I come to appreciate those things so much more when I have them. Most people that know me realize that I am an extremely cheerful and happy person. I’ll let you in on a secret. I appreciate the simple things in life and try to be happy with whatever comes my way and that makes it very easy to feel content. Change your perspective and you’ll change your life.

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Seeing the Town: Days 18 & 19

At this moment it is 05/09 (Day 20) and I am sitting in Salt Lake City with my laptop and cell phone plugged into the sun. It’s been a very busy last couple of days and I am a bit behind on the blogs. I need to get on the road today if I’m going to cross the Rocky Mountains and make it to Fort Collins, Colorado on time so I am going to keep these blogs short and leave out some details even though there is so much to write about.

05/07 (Day 18)

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Bike to Work Day 2013

Bike to Work Day 2013

San Diegans:

Bike to Work Day for 2013 is Friday, May 17th. This event is to help promote alternatives to driving a gas guzzling car to work every day and is always held on the third Friday in May, National Bike Month. For one day out of the year, individuals can take the time to get some exercise while learning about a new way to commute to work. Not only is biking to work healthier for the environment, it will keep a lot more money in your pocket.

Since Rob is out on an Across the USA cycling adventure, and I ride my bike to work a few times a week, we suggest that everyone gets the opportunity to sign up for this great event. Not only will this be a fun change of pace for the average commuter, if you register and track your trip, you get entered for a chance to win some great prizes, including a new bike.

There are pit stop locations, corporate challenges, maps, registration and much more information at the Bike to Work page.

If you do not live in San Diego, or even California, we still suggest you take this as an opportunity to ditch the four wheels for two and have some fun while doing it.

While Rob is cycling out in the middle of the country on his Bamboosero bike, I will be riding alongside the 8 on the great OB bike path when riding to work May 17th. I hope to see you right along side me!

Pushing Through the Rain: Day 17

05/06 (Day 17)

My head is in a cloud and I don’t even know where to begin. What happened today? Let’s see how the story comes out on paper.

This morning… I awoke in the field very exhausted after a night full of dreaming. My knees were still aching and it worried me a bit. Even though I was quite lethargic I managed to pack up and hit the road a short 40 minutes after awakening. Wait a second… Is this today that I write of? It seems so long ago. Yes, yes it must be. Let me continue and I’m sure I will catch up to a point where it seems like today.

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A Little Bit of Luck: Day 16

05/05/2013 (Day 16)

Tears of thankfulness and appreciation streamed down my cheeks this afternoon as I pedaled across the western Utah desert thinking of the people that shaped may adolescent self into the man I am today. Particularly the tears came when I thought of my mom back in my hometown of Ashland, Wisconsin. I have so many people to be thankful for and for so many of them I did not realize it at the time they were in my daily life. Every one of the approximately 842 million seconds I have lived on this planet has lead to me being exactly where I am today and every one of the 100’s of thousands of human interactions I have had has made me who I am and effected my actions and words. In the moment you can’t know why something is happening or what you will get out of it. However, looking back on the people that have come in and out of my life and the experiences they have created for me brings deep feelings of appreciation to what I call my heart. I am the man I am today because of each of the people that have entered my life whether it was just for a day, a semester in school, my childhood, or decades.

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Rob Greenfield

80 Mile Day: Day 15

05/04/2013 (Day 15)

You know that good kind of exhausted where you are excited to get in bed and when you do you can hardly keep your eyes open to read a page of a book or watch an episode on TV? That kind of exhausted that you know it was a good day and you accomplished a lot? That’s the exhausted that I am feeling right now. There were some tough days back in Nevada and laying here with only one sleeping bag on and my hands out in the open it’s hard to fathom that just 4 nights ago I thought my cameraman, Brent Martin, might have died in the night of hypothermia.

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Welcome to Utah: Day 15

05/04 (Day15)

I made it out of Nevada!!

6 days, 7 nights, 400 miles, 7 or so passes at approx. 7500 feet,

0 light switches turned on, not a drop of water from a faucet, 1 outlet plugged to charge my computer for 1.5 hours, 

All food purchased was locally grown and organic and only 2 packaged items which were eggs in cardboard cartons from a local farm

7 naked miles biked

Swore only 1 time

Planted wildflowers every day

On to Utah! Life Elevated!

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Goal Zero

Goal Zero: Keeping The Greenfield Group Charged

When Rob recently left for his Off the Grid Across the USA cycling adventure, he had to make sure he still stayed connected to the outside world. Aside from the obvious need for electricity to power the camera equipment, Rob needs to be able to use his laptop and cell phone as required. Without the ability to keep in touch with employees and clients, The Greenfield Group would likely start to deteriorate. Luckily, there is a company like Goal Zero that exists, allowing for Rob to stay off the grid, but not out of the loop.

Goal Zero specializes in easy-to-use portable solar power products. While most solar panels are used on homes and other stationary devices, Goal Zero makes it possible for you to charge your electronics whether you are tailgating, in an emergency, or cycling across the nation.

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