March 23-26 ~ Vallejo to Chico

Vallejo to Davis – 55 Miles After a night watching orchestra performances with my host Bruce (who turned out to be an old Trombone instructor of a friend of mine at UC Davis!) and his friends, I woke up early and prepared for a long day of riding. It had rained the night before, but the … [Read more…]

March 20-22 ~ Mountain View to Vallejo

Mountain View to Oakland – 44 miles Today was a great day. I woke up early to say goodbye to Meri, then discovered that REI doesn’t open till ten so I couldnt leave as early as I’d wanted. On the bright side, I had time to finalize the post I wrote the night before and … [Read more…]

March 14-19 ~ Salinas to Mountain View

What a week! I’ve completed three more days of riding, and now am sitting in the living room of one of my best friends apartments. I have done so much in the last 5 days, and learned a lot too. Here’s a recap:   Salinas to Santa Cruz – 36 miles This was a good … [Read more…]

March 8-14 ~ Final Preps

Sunday (3/8) was train day. For some reason I thought I could also squeeze in attaching fenders to my bike in the same day. So I was at the bike kitchen until right before I needed to go to the train station. My friend dropped me off at the station with all my gear, and … [Read more…]

March 2-7 ~ The Start

It’s been an interesting week. Monday (March 2) was to be the first day of my tour, but due to some last minute issues I ended up staying in Lompoc an extra night. Sunday, I took all the goods from my old bike and put them onto my “new” bike. For the most part, everything … [Read more…]

Preparations Part 2 (The Purge)

Wow. The last week has flown by! It was primarily about selling, but with some bike tune up stuff thrown in. Since I’ll be gone at least six months, I wouldn’t be needing most of my things, so I started selling them on Craigslist and Facebook. I have learned several things through this process, and am … [Read more…]

Preparations Part 1

Today was a busy day! Started out with a bike ride around town and out to the fields. Only did about 8 miles, but it was good to be out on the bike again and there was a lot to do today. I did get to take some time to admire the beauty of Lompoc, … [Read more…]


A few months ago, I wrote a post about the opposition I faced when telling people about the changes I wanted to make in my life. Well, after having been on my leave for a week now, I still receive negative or unsupportive comments occasionally; but I have decided not to focus on the negative. While … [Read more…]

My Last Day

Today (2/5/2015) was my last day at work. It was both sad and exciting, but not quite as dramatic as I expected. I sought out all of my coworkers to be sure that I said goodbye, but for the most part the world kept turning. I hadn’t really thought much about how I would feel … [Read more…]

Goal Check-In (1/2015)

To hold myself accountable, I will post a monthly check-in to see how my goals have progressed, note any necessary goal changes, and to record new goals. January: Quit It was tough, but I finally told my boss about my plans. We’ve had a couple of discussions over the last month, and while he’d rather I stayed, … [Read more…]