Nothing New.. Everything New.

331 days living rent free. Nothing new there.  

18 days of riding a bicycle.. That's sorta new. 

For a while I didn't know if I was going to make it out of Pennsylvania. The hills were out of control and I packed way too much stuff onto my bike. I'm planning on mailing clothes and other items back to New Jersey on our next rest day. Now that I'm in Ohio, there are less hills and riding is much more enjoyable. Especially since it's not raining everyday and we've had some really nice, sunny days. 

I'm posting a lot of videos and pictures on Snapchat and my other social media. Check it out! 

www.facebook.com/NJ2CA2016

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Day 304.. SAY WHAT!?

Today is a bit of a scary day.. It's officially my last day of work. OMG! What am I doing with my life? I quit my full time job to ride a bicycle across the country. 

Actually, THIS IS AMAZING! Two months on the road, peddling towards the Pacific Ocean. Besides getting to the Pacific Ocean, my only other objective is to not get eaten by a bear. We pretty much have all our equipment for the trip. We still need to get smaller items like bug spray and suntan lotion. Oh.. and we still need to figure out exactly where we want to start in New Jersey. We all agreed we want to start at the Atlantic Ocean, but we haven’t decided what town.

Also, I did a few searches on Google Maps and it looks like getting out of New Jersey on a bicycle going east to west is a challenge. I hope we make it. 

Thanks for “Liking” our Facebook Page. I’ll keep posting on here but for all of our perspectives on the trip and not just mine, the Facebook page will have all the good stuff.

I’LL MISS YOU VAN MORISSETTE!

www.facebook.com/NJ2CA2016

Side note.. Sorry Prince, but I'm going to act my shoe size, not my age, for the next two months! RIP

Podcast 021- Sebastian (The Woody Show Producer)

Day 281..

Things have been going great, lately. I gave my job a 6 week notice that I’m leaving for a cross country bicycle ride from the Jersey Shore to California, I’ve been setting up some great future guests to interview on my podcast and #VanLife has been better than I’ve expected. I had an interview for a Producer job in Michigan, last week. The interview was a little rocky, but I’m not stressing over it because my main focus right now is the bicycle trip. 

I have no clue what my future has in store for me. Either way, I’m content with taking life day by day. I know I haven’t started the bicycle ride yet, but I feel like it’s going to be a great experience and a good reminder of that “day-to-day” mentality. The goal is to start by touching tires in the Atlantic Ocean and finishing the ride with my tires in the Pacific Ocean. This whole van experience has really changed the way I look at life, and in many ways the bike trip and my career path are parallel to each other. I’m not sure exactly how long either journey will take me to reach my destination, but I plan on hitting them both head on. All I need to do is keep pushing forward and I’ll reach my goal. In a way my motivation for this trip is the same motivation that pushes me to one day obtain my dream career. I’m not going to sit back and wait. And for those who can’t picture my motive, I had a sign made up that says “Are you hiring a Radio Producer?” We’ll see what comes of that. I’ll be sure to keep you posted if I land a job while on the road. 

Speaking of vans and Radio Producers.. I had a nice chat with a Radio Producer based out of Los Angels. His name is Sebastian and he works on The Woody Show. You can tune in to the show Monday - Friday 6a-10a PT on ALT 98.7. Sebastian is a really cool, down to earth guy who lives in a RV somewhere in Hollywood. Seems like we have some similarities. 

 

Follow him online!

The Woody Show Website

Sebastian's Twitter

Podcast 020- Lori & Nicole (Rawthenticity)

Day 263.

So it’s official. I’m going on a bicycle ride from New Jersey to California. #Nj2Cali Earlier today, I informed my full-time employer and we agreed on an exit date. 

I’m looking forward to starting a new journey in my life. I’m hoping along the way I find a radio job as I cruise across America. I won’t be doing the trip alone, so I’m excited for the adventures we get into. The plan is to document most of the trip. I’ll give you an update when we figure out where these updates will be online. I plan on maintaining this blog along the way, and I hope you stick around to experience the ride.

In a way it’s scary that I’m quitting my job to ride a bike 3,000 plus miles westward. Any big change can be scary. I’m not too worried about the ride. I mean what’s the worst that can happen? I get hit by a car, eaten by a bear, bitten by a rattle snake, fall off the side of a mountain.. All that stuff could probably happen if I don’t go on the trip, too. I have most of my gear, except the bicycle, so far. I am a little worried about what I am going to do after the trip for income, but I have time to think about it while I’m peddling. I’m still trying to figure out what types of healthy food I should pack or get along the way. 

In this podcast I spoke to two raw vegans. They live a very happy, healthy lifestyle and while talking to them I got ideas for different types of meals I could prepare both in the van and on the bicycle trip. They both were born in the Northeast, moved to different parts of North America and eventually moved to their currently place in Los Angeles, California. They weren’t always raw vegans. In fact they weren’t alway “regular” vegans.. (You’ll find out the difference) 

Lori Weiss and Nicole Gregg are committed to a fruit-based, low fat raw vegan lifestyle without a microwave, stove, or a car. You can read more about them and interact with them on their blog/social media.

Blog- Rawthenticity.online

Instagram- @rawthenticity

Podcast 019- K.P. Kelly

Day 255

I’m on a mission to prove everyone wrong. I don’t know why I’m so hung up on proving the naysayers wrong, but I feel as if it’s in my DNA. I grew up in a household where I was compared to random people, and acknowledgment for my accomplishments wasn’t something that came often. Looking back on my life, I can’t say I’m disappointed but I do have a good understanding of why I am the way I am. I don’t talk to my family. I’m not upset about it either, because it’s just how things worked out. I have some great friends. The accept me for my “out of the box” ideas. I’ve been told that friendships fade and they don’t last forever. Honestly, I’m not too concerned with the future. At least, not the way I used to be hung up on it. 

Presently, I have goals and I am going to achieve them. No matter how many times people tell me I’m crazy, that I’m not qualified, or that I am qualified but they don’t think it’s worth it for me to relocate. (I’ve been told the “not worth relocating” line five times!) Sure it’s frustrating but I can’t let them bring me down. I can only keep dreaming and keep working towards my goal. What you just read is a very watered down explanation of what motivates me. 

I recently started telling people I want to ride a bicycle from New Jersey to California and once again I’ve been told this is crazy, so naturally I have convinced myself that I have to do it. 

This podcast goes out to those who think riding a bicycle ride across the country is crazy, because on this episode my guest is going to run 100 marathons in 100 days across the country.

You read that correctly.

K.P. Kelly is a Branding Consultant that has ran over 100 marathons in his lifetime. He’s ran across Ohio twice and his next adventure will be running across the country. This 6’7 pizza, coffee and wine loving giant is going to do something that most people would consider impossible and crazy. I think it’s amazing. 

I had a great time talking to K.P.

He is very active on social media. His goal is to bring awareness to many different charities and he wants people to get more active. Please follow him as he gets ready to go on his journey. You can also donate to his GoFundMe.

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Podcast 018- Gianna & Dro

Day 233!

#NationalPizzaDay

Gianna joins the podcast and we talk about life. Simple topic, right?

This one is a bit long but it's worth it! We covered topics such as politics, my three-strike rule, jail reform, dating advice, and my family issues. I give an update on what has come from my Rochester visit and I realize, today, I revolve my life around saving money.

 

BONUS! Celebrity crushes.

 

Follow her on Twitter

Podcast 017- Justin & Adam Fricke (Bro'd Trip)

Day 220..

In November I applied for a job. As you know I want to be a full time Radio Producer. I know this particular radio show has a strong following and some of the fans post on Reddit. So I submitted a post asking fans of the show for any tips on how to better my chances of becoming the new Producer. A bunch of people commented and the feedback was great.(Even the negative feedback!) One person’s comment stuck with me.. "although it's intriguing you live in a van, I hope it's not all you have to talk about."

I think of that comment often. I don't just talk about my van and living in it. I'm a man! I have opinions and ideas... and yeah.. ummm well on that note I'm happy to dedicate this podcast to that person because in this podcast I had a great time talking to two brothers that are currently traveling to all 50 states while living in a van! Sounds amazing, right?! They started about a month ago and so far they are loving it.

I had a great time chatting with Justin and Adam Fricke. They are your average 20-something year old dudes, looking for more in life. They appreciate the little things and are in the middle of a big journey. I wish them safe travels! Hopefully, we can recap with them towards the end of their trip.. I may even meet up with them while I'm on my bicycle trip.(If it happens)

After listening to the podcast, please follow them on their journey:

Website: Bro'd Trip

Subscribe to their YOUTUBE channel

Justin

-Instagram @JustinFricke

-Twitter @JustinLFricke

-Facebook The Weekend Warrior

-Personal website JustinTheWeekendWarrior.com

Adam-

-Instagram @AdamFricke

-Twitter @AdamFricke

-Facebook Adam Fricke Photography

-Personal website AdamFricke.com

 

BTW.. That position is still open.. I might be scheming. Is there anything fun to do in Rochester?

Podcast 016- Frankie Greek

Day 213

Let’s take a minute to think back… Way back. I mean further back than your last #ThrowbackThursday post. Way before smartphones, laptops, walkmen, or even an alarm clock existed. Think back to a time when the invention of the wheel was a technological breakthrough. Did the elder cave people shun the younger, hipper cave people for using the wheel to transport items? I like to imagine so, because when you fast forward through time to 2016, people like you and I get harassed by elders about being on our phones all the time. We don’t go outside enough. We don’t appreciate life. Apparently, when you’re older and not active with modern technology you're wise beyond your years even without having experience with what you're criticizing. 

With a click of a button you can see or hear pretty much anything. I am glad to say I use technology to my advantage. It gives me the ability to write this blog from my van. Technology is the reason I can power my electronics with my portable solar panel generator. Thank you technology, because of you, reading this blog is possible all around the world and the people reading it either are entertained or disgusted by my last 213 days.

This podcast I spent some time with someone who grew up with a very different environment then the one she lives in now. Her life revolves around social media, and I don’t mean she posts a lot of silly cat photos on Facebook. 

Frankie Greek is a Social Media Wiz Kid and a Snapchat Producer. (Don’t worry she explains what a “Snapchat Producer” is in the podcast) She is affiliated with the Shorty Awards and hosts a show called WWW. on the Shorty Awards snapchat every Wednesday night.

I had a great time talking to her about her life and social media in general. I repeated say "THAT'S COOL", so you know I enjoyed the conversation. (I'm working on that)  She gave me some tips on how to market my website and my future plans of riding a bike across America. 

You can follow her all over the internet:

Snapchat: WTFrankie

Twitter: @FrankieGreek

Instagram: @WhatTheFrankie

The Short Awards

With these three accounts you can find out way more about her and please make sure to follow her!