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Summary of Route 76 Bike Trip

Dear Trevolta followers, cyclists, photographers, and adventure seekers of any kind,

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From Yorktown, VA, to the beautiful Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY; my self-supported, cross-country, bike trip ended up being 650 miles rather than 4,300.   By no means was this trip a failure; people plan this trip for years and years.  The smallest amount of planning my Mom read about was 18 months.  I started rolling away after 3 months of even making the decision to bike the Adventure Cycling Association’s Trans American Route 76.  The teeth on the rear cassette of my mountain bike were being filed down by the weight and intensity of this particular set up, turns out that’s normal.  There are infinite lessons and stories just bursting from the seems of this trip.

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As the gears wore down, climbing VA’s mountain roads became dangerous as my peddles skipped out from under me with every push.  The trucks (land sharks) infested these roads, being the ultimate test of mental capability until my bike failed me. The chain was constantly busting out of the teeth (despite many, many adjustments).  The chain problems combined with thousands of 80,000lb dinosaurs (semi trucks) zooming 2 feet away from your body at 60mph was enough for a while.  Most of the roads were peaceful, but getting to those meant being prepared for the worst.

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I will go again in an ultra lightweight fashion to campaign a “Bike for All Cures,” message.  One of my life goals is to promote the fact that all disease stems from inflammation and how to prevent and reverse inflammation with gradual lifestyle changes and specific products like this NASA studied Mineral supplement.

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It was no longer feasible to use a mountain bike (initially chosen for sturdiness to withstand gravel and pot-holes). Using my 17 lb Fuji road bike is much more realistic.  The trip is supposed to take 3 months or else you will start having to plan for colder weather, so getting 60 miles each day is important.  I went home to Richmond, VA to continue the exploration of health through yoga.  As a new yogi, the contrast from such extreme cardio throughout my young life has been euphoric.

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The main reason people die on extreme adventures is the thought that they can overcome powers of nature (National Geographic Live!: The Call of Everest). The main reason people live is being humble enough to know when to stop. As hard as swallowing your pride can be, it’s harder to have to deal with the realities of truly fucking up.

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Cheers,
Emma Raineyll

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Lovable Tea :)

Ah the art of tea. I love cold tea! I love hot tea! I love citrus tea! I love sweet tea! I love black tea, green tea, purple tea, red tea. Maybe there is a tea for each chakra! All in all, it doesn’t matter what the tea is, I will love me some tea! One thing that really steeps my tea (haha…ha) is cute pictures of cute tea! I hope you have some cute, lovable tea today!

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When I was afraid for my health, I sucked down so much tea. You can have too much of a good thing. A little tea can go a long ways. Even if you are just microwaving some hot water, you get an instant hug. Space your tea out. Look forward to a tea. If you have it all the time, then it’s nothing special, nothing to love so much. Use your tea, don’t abuse your tea. I hope you have a wise week ❤

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Breathe and Believe

As the internet becomes a bigger part of our lives, the availability to vulnerability increases. We post things we end up regretting. We may find ourselves fearing the potential for negative response. We gotta keep shake shake shakin it off. If it is difficult to shake it, take notice of your breath and see how you may improve it. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html Get some fresh air! Get legs and get leaves!

Find ways to love yourself so much that even if you get ONLY negative responses, you know that you can still be okay. See only the beauty in the world around you, especially when others don’t. Recognize what you can be doing instead of feeling fearful or sad.

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(I no longer juice, for the sake of fiber, but if you think you feel better juicing, then keep doing it! Do what you believe in, but be open to what others think helps them.)

Pick up crystals that you see in nature. Remind yourself of the love you gave yourself one day by walking in the woods. If you have allergies, intolerance, or food aversion, keeping the crystals nearby during a meal may lower your fear of eating. Although the healing mechanism of the crystal itself is very pseudoscientific ( http://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/crystal-healing-magic-cures-or-just-rocks/ ), if you believe they can potentially help, the neuroplasticity of your mind will respond accordingly. http://www.letslivenice.com/2012/01/neuroplasticity.html

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Until next time ❤

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