Solo Biking Trip From Oregon to Arizona
HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: Just decided to do it
LENGTH: 1 month
LOCATION: Oregon - California - Nevada - Utah - Arizona
FUN: ★★★★☆ (would definitely give 5, but there were many challenges along the way)
PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★1/2
- Wake up with the sun, eat
- Learn animal/plant species and observe the natural world
- Bike for many hours, stop to eat along the way
- Find a public land to sleep on
DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE:
Biking, hiking, swimming
- DO IT. Just choose a goal that makes you say, “Fuck. I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do it.” Do a bike trip, a hiking trip—do some sort of trip or activity that you don’t know if you can accomplish, because after it, you’ll get the best feeling ever. And I loved having 1 month to spend the majority of time by myself to do all the thinking I wanted to do.
- Public lands are very precious. You can spend up to 2 weeks camping on them, and that’s amazing.
- Doesn’t matter if you are not super in shape. You’ll get in shape as you go; there will simply be more personal growth as you go.
- Do NOT go to All You can eat buffets and OVEREAT enough to puke on your bike!!!!
MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY:
To be more proud of myself with things that I do. My goal was to bike 1000 miles and get to the Red Rock Canyons of Utah. I just remember, I got to Bryce National Park on the same day that I hit mile 1000. I spent 3 days hiking through Bryce, and I felt really proud of myself, because I wasn’t sure if I could bike 1000 miles. I had never really been that proud of myself before. And I set out on this trip without really any plans or any idea of how I was gonna make it happen. There were many challenging moments along the way when I said, “I could quit at any moment.” So when I finally made it to the end of that, I just had that super accomplished feeling.