The questions I have been asked most of the time during my Cycling Across America trip was:Are you afraid?
Have you ever thought about giving up?
Any bad experiences?
Am I afraid?What should I afraid of?
The tough situation?
Riding across Death Valley under 120 degrees have me overcame the heat
Riding through the 35 mph headwinds have me overcame the timidity
Climbing in Texas for thousands feet elevation rises have me overcame the cowardice
Camping in Grand Canyon Cavern under 30 degrees have me overcame the cold
Woke up by a soaked tent and sleeping bag after rainstorm at 5 am have me overcame the loneliness
Surrounded by rats at night in Langtry have me overcame the fear
Chased by a bunch of dogs more than 7 times in Mamou have me overcame the negative energy
I was not really strong, but the situations keeps pushing me forward so I get to know the real myself. You thought you can’t, but you are much stronger than you thought; you thought its gonna be hard, but the situation is much easier than you thought, your imagination is your real enemy!You don’t need to fight against the nature, the difficulties,the only thing you need to do is to convince yourself, step forward! You may feel hard at some moments, but when you look back, nothing is really hard. You may laugh at yourself afterwards, I’m so glad I didn’t give up!
Then what else do I need to afraid of? The bad people?
Jerry, who had just met a few times,was willing to give me his bike and plan for my ride.
Paul,who i just knew was kindly enough to drive me to Florida so I could start my cycling trip from warm Southern Tier instead of cold Chicago.
Family Bolcick, just knew me for a few days but offered me their best room and the best brunch.
Couple Duplechain , who didn’t know me at all but allowed me to tent in their yard without hesitation and offered me a super shower and breakfast ,
Couple David and Allison who i met in the Church at Navasota,not only prepared me Chinese food but also gave me precious jetboil and bunch of backpack’s pantry so that I could have hot meals on the road
Onetha who only saw me once at the church in New Orléans but kept checking in with me and tried to contact her friend to offer a place for me to stay along my way
Neal, pulled over on the road giving me the life-saving water,accompanied me the wonderful time in Big Bend and reached out his worldwide friend to help me out
Scott , saved me from terrible windstorm and inspired me a lot at the amazing Grand Canyon
Ken, took me out of Death Valley and showed me the awesome Red Rock
Brad, made the best to clean up a nice room for me even his house is tiny and shabby.
The railway workers who I never met but paid my room after I lost my tent just because they think I’m in need
The pass by divers showed me their thumb when I was struggling in tough situations
The Facebook friends I never met but have been check in with me and give me the best road suggestions: Ed Gallegos ,Richard,Eric,Gil⋯
The countless Warm Showers hosts who are offering the free place and food for cyclists
The numerous Couchsurfing hosts who are so trusting to leave their house keys and ask me to feel at home
The church groups who have been keep praying for me ⋯
They were just strangers ,
But they care about me like families
They didn’t think me as bad people
But opened their heart showing me trust
They reminded me of being aware of bad people
But they are making a good circle by doing the warm things to others
No one is really bad
Everyone has a good side and an unknown side
When you treat them like the fire,even the frozen heart could get warmed
Do not lock yourself in the world of your own imagination
You can make the word better
Just like one of them
These two months are my happiest time of my life
I live very simple
Do not need to change seasonal clothes even there are a few wardrobe clothes still not feel enough.
Cycling clothes is my best outfit.
Do not need expensive and luxury jewelries to match every single clothes
The cross is my best decoration
Do not need to catch the trend to update the phone time to time
Even the cracked screen is good enough to pass information
Do not need the upper class banquet food
Oatmeal and instant noodles cooked with a small stove are the greatest satisfaction of the taste buds
Do not need to work hard and struggle everyday just for buying the house, the car
Tent is my best house, bike is my most luxurious transportation.
I used to own a lot , but i didn’t feel satisfied
Now i own nothing,but I feel happy everyday
I used to have a lot of friends , but I still felt lonely sometimes
Now I’m alone but I never feel lonely
I used to work for life, live for others
Now I can finally follow my heart just and just make it be happy!
The one thing you may notice as weeks turn into months is that your anxiety is getting less and less, you will be more focused on the moment rather than worrying about those who have not yet happened or upset things have happened.
The incredible scenery ,the inspiring situation, the loving people brought you peacefulness.Maybe you do not even look yourself in the mirror, you might forget what do you look like without picture taking,but when you look into the mirror again, you are no longer just concerned about your appearance,whether they have dark circle or acne , whether they look fat or skinny,you are more concerned about your inner changes, your characters and personality.You are not focusing on the things that don’t affect you, you are telling yourself to be grateful happy no matter what situation you have been through, everyday is a blessing day for you because you are embracing the new and better yourself.
I am 26 years old, my bike is even 1 year older than me.I don’t have a map, no plans, no good equipment even not enough money, I didn’t know how to read a map , I didn’t have anyone I know in the cities I been cycling through, I didn’t have any other cyclists accompany my journey, but you will figure all of them out on the way.
9 times flat tire made me become a fixing master
Packing the bike into the box have me learnt how reassemble and disassemble every part of the bike
Lost in the strange forest have me learnt how to read the road sign and use the paper map
5 dollars a day budget makes me happily adapted to eat everything, sleep everywhere
Wild camping in different places have me make nice friends all over the country
Cycling alone makes me have a super close relationship with God,when I’m troubled, he heals me;
When I am afraid, he protects me;
When I am discouraged, he lifts me up;
He is my unending source of strength.
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THERE IS A WHEEL, THERE IS A WAY!
在Mamou 完全不相识的Duplechain 夫妇不仅毫不犹豫的让我在他们的院子搭帐篷，并给我准备丰盛的早餐和路上的干粮
在Navasota 教会的David 和Allison 夫妇不仅给我准备中餐还赠与我宝贵的炉子和野炊食物让我从此在路上也能有热腾腾的饭菜
在危急关头给我水源并带我领略迷人Big Bend 以及为我联系全球各地朋的Neal
陪我走出死亡谷并带我游遍Red Rock 的Ken
从未见面却一直在脸书上给我随时的帮助和路况指导的Ed Gallegos ,Richard,Eric,Gil,