1. It’s come to an end.



    I’m back in Florida currently; classes start in a day and there is no proper way I can sum up what this summer has meant for me. 

    Over the course of the summer I met quite a few alumni and all of them say they think back on their B&B trip daily whether it’s something they ate at a lunch stop or an impression someone made upon them. I now know exactly what they mean. It’s been only a week and i’ve thought upon my teammates in one way or another everyday. As my friends will attest, it’s hard for me not to bring conversations at some point or another to a story from this amazing summer.

    But it’s still over. I’m fairly reaccustomed to peeing indoors and normal eating habits but my mind is forever changed. I can’t look at a map of the US without smiling and thinking about all of the amazing people I’ve met in every state.

    My mindset is forever changed: I know there are amazing people trying to make the world a better place in every state, city and town. 

    I probably won’t be updating this blog again until I return for another B&B trip but don’t worry, I will be doing another; if I have any say in it at all, it will be Maine To Santa Barbara too! 

  2. ekimeoner:

We made it to California the other day and now I have only 7 days left on this amazing journey!

    ekimeoner:

    We made it to California the other day and now I have only 7 days left on this amazing journey!

  3. I wish the tumblr windows app let me post multiple pictures at once but it won’t. So here’s a panorama of the view from Lassen volcano today. We biked to the roads peak and proceeded to hike up another 1.3 miles to a secondary peak.

I’ve seen more snow this summer than I have all year.

    I wish the tumblr windows app let me post multiple pictures at once but it won’t. So here’s a panorama of the view from Lassen volcano today. We biked to the roads peak and proceeded to hike up another 1.3 miles to a secondary peak.

    I’ve seen more snow this summer than I have all year.

  4. I’m awful consistently blogging. So here’s a rather rad bike to supplement my lack of content!

    I’m awful consistently blogging. So here’s a rather rad bike to supplement my lack of content!

  5. We climbed our highest peak today!

    Before that though, we stayed the night at Twin Lakes, CO. It was a town of about 20-some full timers and perhaps 130-some partial residents. The town itself was exuberantly friendly and one of the few small towns I’ve come through and thought: “I could live here”. The collegiate peaks were right down the road, Mt. Elbert was in their backyard and we were surrounded on all sides by other peaks. The highlight of the stay was the stars. Travis and I sat by the lake for about an hour watching the stars and discussing space in general.

    After the stargazing, I braved the 40 degree weather and slept outside. I was entirely out of my element coming from Florida. By 3am I woke up shivering and unable to go back to sleep for a few minutes. I was able to see the Milky Way and be blinded by the stars before I finally went back to sleep.

    5am wake up and it was time to ride.

    Independence pass has an elevation of 12,000 feet. We started at about 9000 feet in the town of Twin Lakes at the base and it was a beautiful climb the entire way. The ride to the peak was about 20 miles and it was entirely gradual and an even slope; probably my favorite climb thus far and most importantly not the hardest. I’ve never enjoyed climbing a mountain so much.

    I was the third rider to the top and every rider waited around for the last riders to make it to the top, cheering on every single person that rode up, even the riders that weren’t bike and build. At around 11am, all the riders were on top. We had a dance party, took group pictures and just cheered until we had no one left to cheer for.

    After the summit, we rode down this amazing descent. Along the way we stopped at a grotto that had a glacier inside. It was referred to as an ice cave. It was amazing but it could not compare to our next stop, Devils Punch Bowl. It was this tiny swimming hole that had surrounding cliffs that we inevitably jumped off of. The jump itself wasn’t too high, Alabama had much better cliff jumping, and the thing that really got to us was the cold water. It literally took our breath away.  The water was apparently snow run off that stays just that cold year round.

    After a single jump, I couldn’t do anymore and started to bike down. The final descent was just as gorgeous as the ride before. Mountainside trees, waterfalls, and just amazing landscapes. I rolled into Aspen, found a coffee shop and really just relaxed and napped there for a few hours before we could get into the host. Aspen is an amazing town, it’s just quite pricey. Bikes are everywhere. Everyone is super active and it’s just a beautiful landscape.

    Colorado is definitely my favorite state so far. 

  6. So today, we rode from Des Moines, New Mexico to Trinidad, Colorado. I was sweep again with my sweep buddy for the day Rachel! Some riders decided to ride up a mountain before they started their day so I was resigned to waiting around the host site until they were finished. It wasn’t too bad though, I got to squeeze in a nap!

We only stayed for a night in New Mexico unfortunately but the town we stayed at was awesome. It was a village of 140 or so and we stayed in the first Baptist church. They had THE coldest shower of the entire trip. It was colder than our plunge into the icy Savannah river! It was a hose shower as well but it was rather nice. It was arranged like an actual shower with a shower head and everything, it really was only missing a curtain. 

The showers never quite make or break the host but any host can really be improved by a wonderful shower. That’s entirely subjective though, some days the cold shower is exactly what I need whereas some days I just need a warm shower to relax my body from the ride.

Really though, anything is better than a 2 mile walk to a YMCA. Usually though, unfortunate showers are entirely made up by the host being awesome. 

Tomorrow is our day off in Trinidad!

    So today, we rode from Des Moines, New Mexico to Trinidad, Colorado. I was sweep again with my sweep buddy for the day Rachel! Some riders decided to ride up a mountain before they started their day so I was resigned to waiting around the host site until they were finished. It wasn’t too bad though, I got to squeeze in a nap!

    We only stayed for a night in New Mexico unfortunately but the town we stayed at was awesome. It was a village of 140 or so and we stayed in the first Baptist church. They had THE coldest shower of the entire trip. It was colder than our plunge into the icy Savannah river! It was a hose shower as well but it was rather nice. It was arranged like an actual shower with a shower head and everything, it really was only missing a curtain.

    The showers never quite make or break the host but any host can really be improved by a wonderful shower. That’s entirely subjective though, some days the cold shower is exactly what I need whereas some days I just need a warm shower to relax my body from the ride.

    Really though, anything is better than a 2 mile walk to a YMCA. Usually though, unfortunate showers are entirely made up by the host being awesome.

    Tomorrow is our day off in Trinidad!

  7. We crossed into Texas! 

Texas is flat, hot, windy and barren. 

I’m through messing with Texas and I’m ready to hit some hills and the occasional town with a population over 5000. 

Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve met some wonderful Texans, seen some gorgeous scenery, and gained some great experiences I’ll carry with me for my entire life.

Going 10 mph for 2 days on 30+ mile stretches takes a lot out of you. 

But here I am still. 

Most of our hosts recently have lived in towns of less than 4000 people and before this trip I might have written a town like that off. Between my occasional talks with James Havu and the people I’ve met in these towns, I think I’m beginning to understand why someone would live in a town like that. 

It’s more complicated than I could ever cover in a blog but it’s related to a common thing I’ve been thinking about on this trip. Embracing discomfort, comfort or finding comfort in discomfort. 

For the life I want to lead, I think embracing discomfort would be the best mentality but when you’re in a hugely discomforting place, that can be a hard mentality to put into practice. I haven’t got past just thinking about the ideas a lot but I’m truly relying on my ability to learn new behavior and embrace discomfort, this experience is just one step on my path to doing so.

    We crossed into Texas!

    Texas is flat, hot, windy and barren.

    I’m through messing with Texas and I’m ready to hit some hills and the occasional town with a population over 5000.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve met some wonderful Texans, seen some gorgeous scenery, and gained some great experiences I’ll carry with me for my entire life.

    Going 10 mph for 2 days on 30+ mile stretches takes a lot out of you.

    But here I am still.

    Most of our hosts recently have lived in towns of less than 4000 people and before this trip I might have written a town like that off. Between my occasional talks with James Havu and the people I’ve met in these towns, I think I’m beginning to understand why someone would live in a town like that.

    It’s more complicated than I could ever cover in a blog but it’s related to a common thing I’ve been thinking about on this trip. Embracing discomfort, comfort or finding comfort in discomfort.

    For the life I want to lead, I think embracing discomfort would be the best mentality but when you’re in a hugely discomforting place, that can be a hard mentality to put into practice. I haven’t got past just thinking about the ideas a lot but I’m truly relying on my ability to learn new behavior and embrace discomfort, this experience is just one step on my path to doing so.

  8. twowheelsonegoal asked: i did sc2sc11! ahh henryetta, cant forget the first century with a wicked head wind starting at mile 90. days like that stick in your mind :P i remember loving those posters they had! i think that was the host that provided us with the most food haha

    Oh? I’m trying to remember who i’ve met from that trip. I’ve met leaders from SC2SC10, Travis and Brian. Then i met Mac! He gave us a place to stay in Little Rock! 

  9. I had a rad post ready about my day in the van yesterday but unfortunately my phone ate it. 

Today we rode into Arnett, Oklahoma. I had heard a few things about this town ahead of time but I truly didn’t know what to expect. 

The ride into the town was cursed with crosswinds and unfair rolling hills. I yearned for Georgia’s hills as well as its unleashed dogs as I fought all of the hills and the wind simultaneously. 

It was an 85 mile day and overall, it wasn’t too rough. The hardest part is the vast expanses of nothing and staring at the road while the grasshoppers fly at my unsuspecting face. 

Arnett is a small town Pop. 500-600 near the panhandle of the state. Why they lack in population, they make up in awesome food and hospitality. 

I spent the day riding with Travis and Cassie, hence the picture of them on the haybales. Talking with Cassie, who’s girlfriend was a leader last year, made me really nostalgic and wish I could have joined their route. I love my route and my team entirely but it was still incredibly heartbreaking finding out I couldn’t ride last summer. 

Anyway, tomorrow we’ll be off and on to Texas!

    I had a rad post ready about my day in the van yesterday but unfortunately my phone ate it.

    Today we rode into Arnett, Oklahoma. I had heard a few things about this town ahead of time but I truly didn’t know what to expect.

    The ride into the town was cursed with crosswinds and unfair rolling hills. I yearned for Georgia’s hills as well as its unleashed dogs as I fought all of the hills and the wind simultaneously.

    It was an 85 mile day and overall, it wasn’t too rough. The hardest part is the vast expanses of nothing and staring at the road while the grasshoppers fly at my unsuspecting face.

    Arnett is a small town Pop. 500-600 near the panhandle of the state. Why they lack in population, they make up in awesome food and hospitality.

    I spent the day riding with Travis and Cassie, hence the picture of them on the haybales. Talking with Cassie, who’s girlfriend was a leader last year, made me really nostalgic and wish I could have joined their route. I love my route and my team entirely but it was still incredibly heartbreaking finding out I couldn’t ride last summer.

    Anyway, tomorrow we’ll be off and on to Texas!

  10. After our second build day in Oklahoma city, we drove out to Moore. This was one of the towns hit by the major tornadoes earlier in May. 

It’s incredible building homes and helping people all summer just to see a town like this where towns are ripped apart and only the foundation remains. Not only that, every few homes looked untouched while others were not even there anymore. 

My thoughts are with any city dealing with natural disasters.

    After our second build day in Oklahoma city, we drove out to Moore. This was one of the towns hit by the major tornadoes earlier in May.

    It’s incredible building homes and helping people all summer just to see a town like this where towns are ripped apart and only the foundation remains. Not only that, every few homes looked untouched while others were not even there anymore.

    My thoughts are with any city dealing with natural disasters.