This is what hard work, dedication and success looks like.
Here’s one sentence that recaps something new that happened
to me every month starting from May 2016
May- I left New Jersey on a bicycle with my two friends from college.
June- I visited the Gateway Arch in St. Louis for the first time.
July- I fell in love and then two hours later hated Utah.
August- I flew back to New Jersey after visiting California for the first time.
September- I started a new job at SiriusXM.
October- I obtained a driver's license, for the first time in my life, that doesn't say "New Jersey" on it.
November- I tried to avoid all political facebook posts.
December- I turned 28 years old for the first time.
January- I became an Ordained Minister.
February- I completed certification courses in Fundamentals of Project Management, Achieving Personal Success, and Introduction to Time Managment.
March- I delivered for UberEATS on a bicycle.
April- I started cleaning out the van with intensions to sell it later this year.
If it happened, it's here..
All across the internet it seems everyone is cursing out 2016. Anticipating a better 2017.
Honestly, I can’t complain because 2016 wasn’t a particularly bad year for me. In fact the last two years I’ve kind of been kicking major keester in the “achieving personal goals” department.
In 2015, I decided to downsize, move into a van and start a podcast/blog. Blah, blah, blah.. I know that’s all I talk about here on, DudeInVan.com (Go figure) My point is, that was a goal and I accomplished it.
In January, at the beginning of 2016, I was working in corporate television. My new obsession.. I mean goal was to get back to producing radio. After months of people telling me walking across America was a bad idea, a friend called me a asked if I would consider riding a bicycle across the country instead.
I said "YES!” immediately, but most people don’t know this part.. I held off from committing to the trip because I was waiting to hear back from a radio station that I thought I had a chance to work at in the Northern Midwest. In February, I was listening to the radio show, I applied to, and one of the cast members compared my broadcasting experience to a “Subway sandwich maker”… That’s when I realized I wasn’t going to get a call.
The plan was to quit my corporate job to find a new job, as a Radio Producer.
At the end of March I gave my employer a six week notice. By mid-April I bought a bicycle and on the first week in May I was on my way to California riding my stead.
I learned a lot about myself and I met bunch of really great people along the way.
I contacted a bunch of radio stations as I traveled through 12 states. A few places replied.. most didn’t. At the end of the trip I had a couple of interviews over the phone between Colorado and California.
After miles of peddling from the East Coast to the West Coast, as crazy as it sounds, I accepted a Radio Producer job at the end of my trip.
So, I can’t speak for you, because 2016, for me, went as planned.
I have no regrets. I don't believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard... and achieving as much as I could. -Elena Kagan
To all the supporters and non-supporters... I'm fanito bandito!
When we entered Utah, we were greeted by a hail storm. Then we almost died during a 130 mile stretch with no amenities, boiling hot water in our water bottles, and I got a flat tire, TWICE! (First time this whole trip) Then we had 3 days of 30+ mph headwinds. We had to peddle going downhill.
The view is amazing though, and every second has been worth it!
I'm pretty sure I messed up the count. So I'm done with that. July 1st will be 1 year of living in a van, rent free. It's been 57 days since I left New Jersey on a bicycle.
Colorado has the most beautiful scenery. Well, if you don't include eastern Colorado. That place is worst than Kansas. We hit 11,000+ feet of elevation soon. Monarch Pass.. That might be the highest point I reach while taking the Western Express to San Francisco. Altitude Sickness is no joke. You know things aren't going well when you have to remind yourself to breath.
If you think riding a bicycle across the country is crazy then you haven't talked to any hikers. I met these two dudes, Baker and Cheetah, they are hiking up towards Canada. I think they started separately around Mexico.
I had a job interview, over the phone, the other day. I might be back in Ozark country again. I'll keep you posted.
You can follow the bike trip here: www.facebook.com/NJ2CA2016
My whole life I've been told Kansas is flat. It's disappointing when you catch the world in a lie. So far, the eastern part of Kansas has been long, extended hills. If you factor in the headwinds and the eighteen wheelers blasting you with a side wind that pushes you off the road... This state is horrible for people riding bicycles across the country. Luckily, the hills should end soon. West of Witchita, the rumors are, it's flat. Soooo flat that you can see for miles and miles and miles. The kicker is there is nothing to see. So you have wind in your face, preventing you from peddling fast. Wind from your side because of big trucks, pushing you off the road. And, you have nothing to look at. Total mind F!
I CAN'T WAIT!
I've applied to a few Radio Producer jobs while out on the road. I've also contacted/stopped in a few radio stations that I've passed on the trip. Ideally, it would be awesome to secure a job before I end the trip. I really just want to move out of New Jersey, so any radio job would be awesome. (I'm not only apply for Producer jobs) I guess that's why Uber and Lyft are a thing. When I get back if nothing pans out I'll just drive you wonderful people from the bar to your homes.
No regrets. Nothing to it but to do it.
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Coast 2 Coast Bicycle Adventure 2016
Day 351.. I feel like somewhere I miscounted.
That's not the reason I'm confused though. I'm currently in Missouri, the county I'm in is Texas, and I'm in the middle of a town called Houston. Say what?!
38 days to get to Houston with 5 rest days, ain't bad, right?
These hills in the Ozark Mountains are killing me. The scenery in this part of Missouri is beautiful though. So it's pretty much an even trade. Hard work all day and in return you get to see sights, like in the picture below. We hope to be in Kansas before the end of the week. Since Kansas is flat, I'm hoping we get atleast one day done with 100+ miles.
I have a foot defect of flatness.