Ever dream of riding your bicycle a long distance? Perhaps even biking cross country across America or even further? Sometimes our work, family commitments, fear of what our friends and family may think or simply fear of striking out prevents us from living our dreams. Why do we have to settle? Why not take a chance and live life? It's not an easy decision and it takes some dedication, but you can do it! This is exactly what happened to me a few years ago when the urge to embark on a solo bike tour of America consumed me. Believe me, it's a big step to commit to hop on a bike and ride to places you've never been before or even know if you can make it. The fear of failing is great yet it can be overcome.
BicycleTrek.com is a site chronicling my solo cross-country bicycle tour. I'll share the experience I gained in how to plan a bike tour. The hows and personal reasons of doing a bike tour, how to choose the right touring bike, mapping a long distance bike tour and have included a travelogue featuring my daily ride journal / mileage log along with photos detailing the miles pedaled, routes and states I bicycled through.
This bicycle tour was an adventure of a lifetime and even now, years later, I feel the profound effect it has had on me. Some of the wonderful people I met during that journey have remained close friends. Don't think you can do it? Need a little motivation? Then please read on.
Start planning now. Your life will be changed for the better.
A journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet.
- Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching
As Featured in the book: The Art of Non-Conformity
What a nice surprise to see that my bicycling story and BicycleTrek.com were mentioned extensively in Chris Guillebeau's new book The Art of Non-Conformity. It's a wonderful book about living life on your terms and is very inspiring.