Dear Trevolta followers, cyclists, photographers, and adventure seekers of any kind,
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 I’d 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.
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 (or land sharks as I like to call them) 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.
These mental challenges were not necessarily a new level, but a different level. Many people tend to need these adrenaline rushes to compensate for mental trauma. The trip was for practicing a well-rounded array of healthy habits. I will go again campaigning this trip as “Bike for All Cures.” One of my life goals is to promote the idea that all disease stems from inflammation and how to prevent and reverse inflammation with very specific products like this NASA studied Mineral supplement and very simple ideas like doing what makes you happy, and always being open to love. When I can get the right gear and go again, promoting these ideas will have a much better platform.
It was no longer feasible to use a mountain bike (initially chosen for sturdiness to withstand gravel and pot-holes). Using a touring bicycle 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.
Make sure to remember the immense beauty, visually and spiritually as you reflect upon the lessons from your travels, especially if you find yourself annoyed with some repetitive or difficult task. Count your memories is smiles, not frowns, but know what has to be done to make sure you can keep making smiles.
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 admit to the realities of irresponsibility. Travel happy, travel fun, travel responsibly!!!