On June 23, 2002, my friend Tim and I set out on the adventure of a lifetime – we pedaled out of Yellowstone National Park on our bicycles to make our way some 3,000 miles over the course of 50 days to Anchorage, Alaska.
Fresh out of college and a little dissapointed with the lack of adventure real world jobs in my field seemed to hold, I decided I needed to do something bigger. Tim, who was my coworker and one of my best friends in San Francisco at the time, was a willing partner. By an act of pure fate, I met Detroit-area philanthropist in a bike shop in my hometown who interviewed me on the spot and offered to give us a grant to pay for the entire trip! Thanks Beth!
Earlier that year, a friend and mentor of mine had just sent me the following Goethe quote and it never seemed more true.
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
So we set off on June 23, 2002, ready to explore. We saw countless bears, moose, and eagles along the way; met some characters; and slowly traveled through some of the most beautiful places in North America. Along the way I learned many lessons, but the most memorable were from my travelling companion Tim. He taught me how to cook and laugh at both adversity and assholes. We still practice those skills today and are lucky enough to have adventures each year! It really is the incredible people I’ve met that have made my life so amazing. Gratitude.