Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I was just about to change the name of this blog to something more creative and specific to my cross country bike ride plans. But I decided to keep the name Adventure Management because even though this ride could be considered "epic" I do not want to assume it will be my last adventure. So in the spirit of forward thinking I'm leaving the title to include this and all future adventures.
The busy Holiday season is here and I feel swamped! Plus the economy has tanked and I've had a lot of major expenses at my house which have eaten up all my savings for this ride. But I still intend to do it. I guess there really isn't a good time to go without an income for several months unless you are already independently wealthy - which I am not. Nobody ever said an adventure was easy.

On the plus side - I survived the layoffs at work and my company has said they are willing to work with me to make this ride possible. Even if they support me enough to just hold my job during my absence it will make the actual adventure that much more enjoyable.

Meanwhile, I've collected most of my camping gear and a good friend has loaned me some cold weather riding gear of his which will save me a lot of money. The next big step, which I have put off until the end of January is to get a new or previously owned bike capable of this journey. Either that or rebuild my older bike for the job. This will be one of the larger expenses and a careful decision will need to be made. Plus, there are a LOT of choices out there for touring bikes.

As 2009 arrives quickly - so will May. I've got a lot to do! Stay tuned for my progress updates. During the ride I intend to do a mostly video blog at this site. I've enjoyed watching some from other riders very much.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This week I've decided I will do this ride in 2009. It is time.

At this writing I plan to begin my adventure at the beginning of May 2009. I have a lot of planning to do, equipment to gather and arrangements to be made. As of this writing, I am committed to doing my cross country ride from my house in Fort Lauderdale, FL to my sisters house in the Seattle, WA area with a visit on the way to my family in South Dakota. This will be a solo tour with mostly camping along the way. I have joined the Adventure Cycling Association to help in my preparations and the journey itself. I'm very excited to finally getting the wheel rolling!

Stay tuned for progress updates before and during the ride. I will likely have to quit my job, at least temporarily, as this will take around 4 months to complete. Any suggestions for a new career will be considered! :)