2003 Pacific Coast Bike Trip
I believe that this trip has changed my life. This feels like a personal rite-of-passage event (even though I am already over thirty!). It is the first time I have been so disciplined about a project.
But other than that, the trip has been less "philosophical" than expected. I did have several "metaphysical" moments - such as riding into Elk Prairie, descending Mount Legette - also the many days after a hard ride when I'd compose tunes in my head as I near camp. I suppose the pervasive realization how vulnerable I was could also be considered "philosophical." I was constantly on the alert; I understood the importance of taking care of myself - and of my possessions (since losing any small things - from mirrors to clothing to even screws in my glasses - could become potential disasters); I was well aware that my trip could end any moment. I became less judgmental of my riding and learned to accept and respect my efforts. Some days I rode strongly (and I'd be happy), but even when I didn't (I'd still be content).