Welcome to Leaving It On the Road, 2.0! Initially designed to chronicle my cross-country bicycle ride with my father last April and May, I decided to give everything a fresh new look for 2014. With the help from Zack Ayers, a fellow JMU Duke and talented web designer, I’ve come up with a new look for my site that captures the spirit of the ride, while still covering the new goals I’ve set for the year 2014. I have a lot of ambitions for this year, and you can learn all about them by clicking here!
But let’s stop for a second and fill in those who might never have heard of my blog.
Last April, my father and I signed up with 21 other crazy souls with the America By Bicycle Company (A.B.B.). Together, we embarked on a 5-week, 3,457-mile bike ride across the United States. For 33 days, we rode an average of 100+ miles through 14 different states and passed through four different time zones. There was snow, sleet, rain, mountains, deserts, forests, and almost every other type of scenery imaginable. It was a difficult journey, but with the support of my dad, the rest of the A.B.B. team, and the incredible support of the capable A.B.B. staff, we all made it to through to the end in one piece.
With the ride behind me, I began looking to the future with a new outlook on the world and the spirit of human potential. I realized that in order to get the most out of my life, I needed to challenge myself both physically and mentally and continue to pursue a balanced lifestyle. After successfully running my first marathon with my amazing girlfriend/training partner, I decided to continue my journey by completing the P90X home fitness program. I tried it once before and had failed, but this time I intend on seeing the 90 day program through until the end.
Want to catch up on the ride from start to finish? No problem. Just click here, or find “The Ride” section on the menu bar above. Get ready to experience the trip as it’s never been seen before.
Interested to see how far I’ve progressed on the book, or want to send me an email and connect? Maybe you’re curious on how to live a more balanced lifestyle or how the P90X program is going. Just click the Fitness and Wellness, Book, or Media sections to get the latest new.
It’s all here, so stay awhile and check it out. But above all, make sure to Leave It On the Road.
- R.E. Wagner
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Ernest Hemingway