Nobody is perfect. In fact, perfection would likely be an imperfection in most people’s mind. So next time you have a desire to try something but are scared, just do it! You won’t be perfect. You probably won’t even be good, but you’ll get good if you accept that you are not and work at it. Or maybe you’ll just try it once, gain some experience, and have fun. Realize that it’s ok to be imperfect and you will free up your mind and spirit.
To succeed you must fail. And to achieve great success you will probably have many failures to get there. No matter what you are doing, from rock climbing, to writing, to photography, to building a business. The best rock climbers have fallen off the most rocks. The best photographers have taken the most crappy photos.
4,700 miles, and 104 days of living an extremely conscious and low-impact lifestyle have brought me to Waitsfield, Vermont. My life will never be the same after immersing myself this deeply into sustainability. The knowledge and experience I have gained on this journey is so great that I will not fully grasp it for years to come.
07/30 (Day 102)
I decided to spend the day in Quechee and stay another night. I only had 70 miles to go but wasn’t scheduled to arrive in Waitsfield until August 1st so I had time to kill. The morning was a relaxing one and I felt great after a solid nights rest. I spent most of the day at the house writing, playing with the camera, talking to David and then left the house around 3:00.
07/28 (DAY 100)
Who’d of thought that a night on the porch of church would be my best night’s sleep in a few weeks? I woke up at 7:00 after about 9 hours of sleep and although still exhausted could tell that I had a solid night of rest. It was a cold night though and I woke up many times with my arms wrapped tight around my chest to conserve heat. . Just a week ago I was riding through a heat wave sweating by night and day and now the temperatures have cooled down drastically and clouds have covered the sun for good portions of each day. I miss the extreme heat a little and especially miss the warm nights. I spent some time on the porch figuring out how to use my Canon 5D mark II that I have very little knowledge of. It is a very sophisticated camera and I of course did not need to learn how to use it since Brent was in charge of that all summer long. I’m very excited to learn how to use it now and to start doing self-shot documentaries. I love to travel on my own and love to document my travels and I’m excited for what is to come for this machine and me.
07/26 (Day 98)
I slept in until past 10:00 this morning. I am so far behind on sleep and so in need of a long rest. Even when I am not biking I am constantly doing something. Taking time to truly rest has been a rare occasion the last few weeks. I’m constantly trying to catch up on something and I really just need this adventure to come to an end.
07/24 (Day 96)
I slept pretty well in the guest bedroom on the comfortable pull out couch. When I woke up I decided to plug into an outlet to give me the ability to do a lot of much-needed work. Things are piling up and I’ve become very overwhelmed. I am close to a week behind on writing and when I try to sit down to tackle it I end up spending my time with social media, reaching out to media outlets, and returning emails and messages. I am not a fan of being behind on work. Most of the morning was spent on the computer.
07/22 (Day 94)
Last you had heard from my daily stories I was searching out a spot to hide from the blood hungry mosquitoes on a beach in Rhode Island. After realizing there was no hiding from them I decided to flee the beach to find shelter in the town nearby. I hopped on the warmshowers.org app and there was a host just a few miles away. I sent them an email at 9:00 letting them know my situation and I heard back from them just 15 minutes later as I was riding down the trail to get back to the highway. They said come on over! I used the lights of passing cars to scour the road for bottles of water on the roadside and listened for the sounds of dripping. My ears discovered water before my eyes and I found an AC unit that was dripping like crazy and collected a Nalgene bottle full to bring with me and purify. As I collected the water I googled “drinking water from AC units” and found that it is very safe and completely safe if it’s purified before drinking. Just one hour after I was being eaten alive I was suddenly being welcomed into a wonderful home with wonderful people inside. They had a garden that I picked veggies out of and both Meg and Bob were environmentalists. I’m used to becoming friends and staying with people I have just met moments before but this time as I sat in the living room with them I actually thought to myself, “It’s crazy that I didn’t know them 20 minutes ago and now here we are spending time together in their home, eating from their garden, and soon to be sleeping in one of their guest beds.”
My time there (7/15-07/16) was one of the most enjoyable heart warming couple of days of the trip. I pedaled there from Brooklyn that day and Tina Davies was waiting for me to arrive, as she had been for the last 86 days since I had San Francisco, along with Mr. Smiles himself, Mike. Tina has been such an amazing supporter of my trip and I love her to death. I know how much I love her because I get annoyed with her and am short with her the exact same way I am with my mom, which means I love her a lot. Tina is a mom to me and of course she took care of me like a son. She even had locally grown organic food waiting for me when I arrived.
Every day I am inspired. I seek out people doing inspiring things that are creating a happier healthier world. By surrounding myself with inspiring people and businesses and positive energy I am able to take in and send out that inspiration.
Surround yourself with what you want to be.