For the past 8 days, I’ve been riding on a cross-country motorcycle journey with my son. We left San Jose, CA on Sunday, June 5th and arrived in Anderson, SC on Saturday, June 11th. We rode 3,067 miles and averaged 511 miles each day.
That’s a grueling pace and my body is feeling it now that I have a few days of R&R before heading back to California. For the return trip I’m going at a much slower pace since I don’t have a regular job to get back to like my son did. In fact, I’ll be camping and making some videos from the road on this two-week segment of the journey.
The Mindset of Explorer
I’ve been thinking a lot about my life, my work, and my legacy. Solo journeys tend to focus my thinking like a laser beam on issues that are really important and this ride across America, and back, is proving beneficial in that regard. I’ll not get into specifics just yet, but the site and it’s focus are a part of this.
I decided a longtime ago that I didn’t want to be know for being a corporate drone and living an ordinary life. Life is for living, not just surviving. It’s an invitation to explore the world at-large as well as our own backyard. Adopting the mindset of an explorer has helped me open to the world in many ways; it’s helped me become more accessible to people I meet and it’s helped me see that there really are no strangers.
Everyone I’ve met thus far on the journey across the country has been engaging. It’s not because I’m getting only meeting interesting people, it’s because I’m engaging with everyone and they tend to respond with the same level of engagement.
I used to be a closed-off, introverted person who shunned interpersonal interaction at all costs. I’m still an introvert and still crave my solo-time, but I’ve learned that life is far more enjoyable and rewarding when I loosen my introverted nature and just smile and engage with others.
I’m not writing publicly very much these days as they are time for reflection and dreaming. So I’ll close this brief post with a link to a video montage from the journey thus far.
I’ll be back in a few weeks…