Are you thinking about biking across America? Do it! It will be a challenging but amazing experience!
My name is Daniel James and I’m from Canton, Ohio. When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to travel.
I wasn’t sure how I would afford it or where I would go but I was taught that you can do anything you put your mind to. I ended up flying to Australia and working on tropical fruit farms for a year.
When I flew home I knew I needed to continue traveling. I hatched an idea to become the first person in history to pedal a bicycle across all seven continents. A bit too ambitious? Maybe.
I saved up some cash, packed my bags and a bicycle, and hitched a ride to Maine. From freezing Maine, I embarked on a 77-day bicycle trip, pedaling all the way to the west coast of the USA in Washington State.
I managed to complete the whole trip without spending a dollar on accommodation. I stayed in the yards and homes of generous strangers across the whole country.
The trip was over 5000 miles (8000 kilometers) long and was the hardest thing I have ever accomplished. I learned so much though and I got to witness the kindness and generosity of people across this amazing country. This trip gave me so much confidence.
I feel like, “If I can bike across America, I can do anything!”
Since then, I have ridden my bicycle across Australia and New Zealand and I will be crossing my third continent, South America soon. I still plan on becoming the world’s first to complete this epic challenge.
But, in this article, I want to share with you what I learned from biking across America and hopefully that will inspire you to go on a similar adventure!
It is my belief that most of us have a deep-seated longing for adventure and to see the world.
Since I was a teen I had always wanted to travel. I wasn’t sure why, or how I was going to accomplish this, but I knew I needed to go places. I needed to see the world with my own two eyes.
I longed to experience real life not just homework and 9 to 5’s. I guess you could say that my travel bug was still a larva.
When I was 19 I took the leap. I traveled to tropical Queensland, Australia with my brother and lived as an Aussie for a year.
I worked on various fruit farms out in the countryside. I saved up enough money to do a few months of sightseeing “Down Under” after I finished work. It was during this time that the larva went into its cocoon. I loved this new way of life, and made a few great friends, but then my visa ended and I flew home.
When I got home I was almost instantly itching to get back out there, into the unknown. My travel bug had finally hatched into a pesky horsefly that begged for attention. I decided I needed to do something epic, or at least something I thought was epic.
What did I come up with? I would ride a bicycle across the USA! And why stop there, I might as well ride my bike across all seven continents! In the blink of an eye, I suddenly had a dream.