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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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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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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The Loneliest Road Continued – 8000 FT. Elevation: Days 10 &11

As the light faded behind the snow capped mountains I saw a shiny jet on the horizon beaming through the sky. Tears nearly fell to my cheeks as I imagined all the comfortable people inside peeking out their window to the earth below or napping away on their way to their comfortable home or hotel room. I imagined warm dinners with friends and family around an oak dining table. Laughter, hugs, love and friendship in the air. A table full of delicious things like mashed potatoes, warm bread, steamed vegetables, and glasses of red wine. And here I am on this freezing cold snow capped mountain all by myself with the light fading on me fast.

04/29/2013 (Day 10) Continued

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Days Blurring Together: Day 7

Update on bottom of this post:

“I knew I was going to make it when I started to take notes with pen and paper while ascending the Sierra Nevada’s.” To all those who think you can’t, YOU CAN!

(Day 7)

The days have blurred together. My comfortable home in San Diego seems like another life. I can faintly imagine my brown couch in my living room and vaguely remember my life back home. I am fully immersed in this adventure and everything else’s has ceased to exist. I’m sure that 4717 Santa Cruz still exists but I can’t fathom myself residing there or even conjure up an image of what my roommates might be doing.

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