A year ago June 5, I left on the most exhilarating, empowering adventure I've ever been on. A year later, I'm living in a totally different state, building my school health consulting firm up again and running more than cycling. Since June 5 occurred just a few days ago, I've been nostalgic of my adventure from Oregon to Rhode Island, solo across the US on my bicycle. Each day this past week, I've woken up and thought about where I woke up and my destination for that day exactly a year ago. June 9, 2013 I biked from the adorable, small town of Dayville to a picturesque Prairie City. I met Jim Soupir and stayed at his home overlooking the gorgeous Strawberry Mountain range as he and his son cooked a fabulous meal.
As I daydream of the moments, thoughts, memories, smells, feelings from a year ago... I long to be back on the open road, exposed to the elements and pushing myself beyond belief. However, I need to work and an adventure like that isn't something I can do regularly. At least not without a trust fund! So instead, I try and create shorter opportunities that bring me to what I felt and what I experienced. This past weekend I rented a cabin for 3 nights in Red River Gorge. RRG is another place I cycled through beginning of last August. It's always so strange to go back to a place you cycled to from the west coast. But I live in Kentucky now and creating new memories of these beautiful places are a blessing. I hiked, took two bike rides, enjoyed the sounds and sights of being in remote Eastern Kentucky again. Campfires, country music and hot tubbing were among the activities of the weekend. So, it's not a 90 day adventure, but a 3 day opportunity to leave the concrete jungle of Louisville and the terminals of airports I spend so much time in and embrace the spotty cell service.