I’ve at all times been extremely shy. I’ve heard tales for years about how my mother and father had to make use of the Jaws of Life to get me out of the automotive on my first day of Kindergarten. I’ve by no means favored being round giant teams of individuals and my largest worry rising up was making a presentation in entrance of my friends. I’ve simply by no means been a social particular person and I figured I’d at all times be that method.
So once I turned 16 and advised my mother and father that after I graduated from highschool I wished to experience my bicycle down the coast of California, they have been greater than a bit involved. In some ways, I believe they doubted I may do it. I used to be a sheltered and socially inept highschool scholar who had by no means been away from dwelling for greater than per week. Who was I to assume that I may exit by myself and cycle the size of California?
Actually, I don’t know what I used to be pondering. Nevertheless it doesn’t matter now, as a result of in 2001 I accomplished my 30-day journey by bike and it modified my life ceaselessly!
Only a few weeks after graduating from highschool I jumped on a Greyhound bus and started my 1000-mile journey by bike. After I obtained dwelling a month later I used to be a totally completely different particular person. I used to be nonetheless a bit reserved, however my view of the world had utterly modified and I used to be able to strike out by myself. Two days later I began my first 12 months of school.
My college training went effectively and over the subsequent 4 years I continued to spend my summers touring by bike. By the point I accomplished faculty within the winter of 2004 I had cycled by way of 27 states and seen a number of the most wonderful locations this nation (America) has to supply.
Whereas I used to be happy with my accomplishments, commencement meant a sudden confrontation with actuality. I wasn’t a school scholar anymore. I wanted to get a job!
Fortunately, discovering work within the movie and tv business wasn’t troublesome. I picked up a pair sound recording gigs and was quickly thereafter logging lengthy hours on the set of quite a few quick movies and straight-to-DVD business movies.
After one notably lengthy 22-hour shift, I got here dwelling and realized I used to be falling right into a entice. It was a entice I had seen occur with nearly everybody round me and it was a entice that the individuals I met on my bicycle excursions had warned me about.
I had constructed a life for myself that was not conducive to the life-style I wished to reside. I wasn’t obsessed with getting the (sound) ranges proper. I used to be obsessed with journey, purpose setting and way of life design! I wished to see the world; I wished to be taught from the individuals I met on my journeys; and I wished to encourage the individuals round me to go after their goals.
On my travels I had met too many individuals who let work, household, buddies and debt forestall them from going after they issues they actually wished in life. I didn’t wish to develop into a kind of individuals. I wanted to discover a method out!
A couple of months later I took my sister’s automotive and drove for 12 hours to the state of Utah. As soon as there, I pulled right into a realtor’s workplace, requested that the lady on the desk present me some properties on the town… and some hours later I had bought my first condominium.
A month later I moved the whole lot I owned to the ski city of Park Metropolis, Utah (dwelling of the Sundance Movie Competition) and began a wholly new life for myself. I didn’t have a job, buddies or a plan of any variety. All I knew was that I wished to construct a life for myself that will enable me to journey and do the issues I favored to do. I didn’t know the way I used to be going to make that occur, however I used to be decided to see it by way of.
However earlier than I get carried away, let me backtrack a bit.
You see, whenever you journey by bicycle you get requested a whole lot of the identical questions time and time once more. Folks wish to know, “The place are you from? The place are you going? The place did you begin? What number of miles do you experience in a day? The place do you sleep at evening? How a lot does your bike weight?”… and a bunch of different fundamental questions on your journey.
Over time I’ve been requested these questions a whole lot (if not 1000’s) of occasions. However the one query nobody ever asks is, “What’s it that you concentrate on when you’re driving?”
The reality is, whenever you journey by bicycle there may be a whole lot of time to take a seat and assume. You concentrate on meals, buddies, household and one million different issues. However for me, a lot of my time was spent fascinated about the longer term.
As I sat on my bike and pedaled away, I believed to myself:
The place do I wish to reside?
What do I wish to do?
Who do I wish to spend my time with?
What’s it that I really need?
The place would I wish to go?
What is going to make me joyful?
How do I wish to be remembered?
These are the questions I requested myself time and time once more as I slowly made my method throughout the nation on my bicycle… and it was biking that allowed me the chance to consider these questions.
Now again to Utah.
My first couple years in Utah have been a battle. I didn’t have a job. Making buddies was troublesome. And worst of all, I didn’t know tips on how to ski (one thing it’s essential to know tips on how to do whenever you reside in a resort city surrounded by a number of the finest snow on earth).
However then, simply over a 12 months in the past, I obtained a name from one in all my previous faculty roommates. For years I had tried to get him to hitch me on my bicycle travels, however I may by no means make it occur. He, like so many individuals I’ve met through the years, at all times had an excuse. However now, years later, he wished to offer “bicycle touring” a attempt… and he wished my recommendation on tips on how to make it occur.
We talked for a pair hours on the cellphone and the reminiscences of my bicycle travels got here dashing again to me.
Whereas on the cellphone that evening I believed to myself, “If I might help one particular person make their goals come true by sharing my bicycle touring experiences over the cellphone, I ponder what I may do if I took the whole lot I do know, wrote it down and shared it with the world?”
In order that’s precisely what I did!
Simply over a 12 months in the past I began BicycleTouringPro.com and since that point have been working continuous to assist individuals from all corners of the globe make their bicycle touring goals develop into a actuality.
My purpose right here is to not reiterate the identical bicycle touring info that has been shared time and time once more. There are a loads of books on the topic and that’s not what I’m actually enthusiastic about.
What I AM enthusiastic about is displaying you that the bicycle is usually a automobile that propels you in the direction of your superb way of life.
You see, bicycling has taught me that you simply don’t must observe the foundations of the previous as a way to get what you need. You don’t must work till you’re 60 after which be too previous to go after your goals. You don’t must let your mortgage or your children maintain you again from carrying out what you need in life. You don’t must reside in an enormous home and drive a elaborate automotive as a way to be joyful. The world is altering and the way in which issues have been executed prior to now is ceaselessly being altered.
My bicycle travels have taught me that success shouldn’t be decided by how a lot we personal. And people I’ve met alongside the way in which have confirmed my suspicions by stating that pleasure in life shouldn’t be fulfilled as soon as we attain a sure variety of zeros in our financial institution accounts.
My travels have made me notice that the profitable individuals of the longer term is not going to essentially be millionaires or billionaires, however individuals who have created existence for themselves that enable them to pursue the issues they need most.The trick is, as a way to reside the life you need, you must change… and alter isn’t straightforward.
That being mentioned, my purpose this weekend is to open you as much as new concepts and potentialities for change in your individual life. My purpose this weekend is to share with you the way bicycling can change the way in which you reside.
If you happen to get something out of this weekend, I hope that you simply notice that what’s most essential is that you simply determine what you need in life after which go after it with the whole lot you’ve obtained!
Whether or not you wish to experience your bike throughout the nation, eliminate your automotive or break free out of your job and journey the world… that’s what this weekend is all about!
Over the subsequent two days you may be studying about numerous points of the bicycling world. You’ll be taught what it takes to experience your bike to work, to remain secure out on the highway, cycle with your loved ones and encourage others to leap on their bicycles as effectively! You’ll even study a method this weekend that’s permitting individuals from all corners of the globe to give up their day jobs, journey the world and make cash whereas they pursue the issues they’re obsessed with.
This weekend isn’t actually about bicycling. This weekend is about what sort of a way of life bicycling can offer you.
You wish to know what I’ve realized from my bicycle travels?
Bicycling has taught me that what I really need from life is the chance to be myself and go after the issues I really need.
I now notice that each one I really need is to have a great life: A life that permits me to journey, proceed to be taught and assist different individuals accomplish their targets.
In actual fact, that’s the rationale I created this web site! That’s the rationale I’ve put this occasion collectively this weekend! And that’s why I’ve put a lot time and vitality into sharing what I do know!
My purpose right here is to not let you know about what I’ve completed, however to open you as much as the potential for carrying out the whole lot you need in your individual life – it doesn’t matter what which may be!
All of us have completely different targets in life and I do know that. However this weekend I hope you’ll open your self as much as new concepts, new potentialities and new methods of pondering.
If you happen to get something out of the knowledge that’s going to be shared with you this weekend, I hope you’ll notice that no matter is mistaken in your life proper now, you possibly can repair it. No matter you wish to do, you are able to do it. No matter you wish to have, you possibly can have it. Wherever you wish to go, you possibly can go there. The one factor holding you again is you.
It’s as much as you now!
Resolve what you need; decide which steps have to be taken; and do what it takes to make your goals come true.