Welcome to Leaving It On the Road, 2.0! Initially designed to chronicle my 3,400 mile, 5-week, cross-country bicycle ride with my father in the Spring of 2013, the journey continues. With the help from the talented web designer Zack Ayers, a fellow James Madison Duke (JMU) alumni, I decided to give the blog a fresh new look. I told Zack I wanted something that captured the spirit of the ride, while also focusing on the new mental and physical goals I’ve set for myself for 2014.
But let’s halt for a second and fill in anyone who might never heard of my blog:
On April 21st, 2013, my father and I left with 21 other crazy souls for the cycling trip of a lifetime. With the support from the capable staff from the America By Bicycle Company (A.B.B.), our cycling group rode an average of 100+ miles each day, for 33 days. Along the way, we visited 14 different states and rode through four different time zones. By the end, our trip had taken us 3,457-miles from Costa Mesa, CA all the way to Amesbury, MA.
It was a difficult journey, with snow, sleet, rain, mountains, deserts, forests, and almost every other type of scenery imaginable. But, with the support of my father, the rest of the A.B.B. team, and the incredible services of the A.B.B. staff, we all made it 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 life, I needed to challenge myself both physically and mentally while continuing to pursue a balanced lifestyle.
After successfully running my first marathon with my amazing girlfriend/training partner, I decided to continue my journey by attempting the P90X home fitness program. I had tried it once during college but had failed. And although I wasn’t successful in my second attempt either, I learned a very important lesson.
That the pursuit for both mental and physical wellness is a constant journey. There may be setbacks along the way, but as long as you continue to learn from your experiences, there is no such thing as failure.
Interested in checking out what my latest physical goal is? Check out the Fitness and Wellness archives to catch up on the latest news. Want to see the ride from start to finish? No problem, just click here, or locate “The Ride” section on the menu bar above.
Get ready to experience the trip as it’s never been seen before, with photos and videos that help capture the triumph.
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