How was I going to accomplish this? To bike across America? I had never done any long bicycling trips. I had never even ridden my bike more than 40 miles in a day.
“Well I’ve got to figure out a way, I’ve got a dream now after all.”
I began brainstorming.
I didn’t know of anyone that had ever done something like this and I had lots of questions. So I decided to go to my good friend for advice. Sometimes her advice is way off, and she can’t always be trusted, but if you’ve got a good filter she can be very helpful. Her name is Google.
She helped me pick up some tips on traveling by bike. I also found out from Google that I wasn’t the first one to come up with this grand idea of riding a bicycle across continents. There were lots of people that had ridden across the USA on two wheels. Most had no bicycling experience and I quickly learned that there were about 1,000 different ways to skin this cat.
“If these random people can do it, I surely can.” I figured.
I found out though that no person has ever pedaled a bicycle across all seven continents. Now I’m locked in. I’ve got a dream, and it’s something nobody has ever accomplished. This is too good to be true!
Then the questions started to creep in. How would I ride a bike day in and day out? Where would I stay each night? What If my bike breaks down? What if I get attacked by a psychopathic cyclist killer? These were all the thoughts that were bouncing around in my head. The answer was the same to all the questions. “I don’t know.”
I wish I knew then, what I know now. Which is that you don’t need all the answers! You can figure it out as you go.
It’s like the age-old saying: “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” The lemons in my story were opportunities. We are all given lots of opportunities in life. It’s our job to seize these opportunities and start that lemonade stand.
Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor, don’t wait to act on it. I wasn’t sure my body was fit enough. I had never traveled solo or ridden a bike with fully loaded gear. And I certainly had never gone door to door asking to camp in strangers’ backyards.
I definitely did not have all the answers, or even most of them. I wasn’t going to let that stop me though. I wasn’t going to miss this chance and wonder for the rest of my life if I could have done it or not.
I was just going to do it, I was going to bike across America!