Challenge by Choice

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*6/15/10* - One of our trip leaders has a blog at http://blog.clawcycle.com/ which you can browse for additional information and pictures from our trip, including photos of Scott, Dad and Me "in action".

Challenge by Choice is a La Vida motto that first resonated with me on my canoeing trip heading into my freshman year at Gordon. It stuck with me and has continued to impact my attitude and my decisions both in La Vida roles and elsewhere. I firmly believe that placing myself in challenging situations is the only way to grow; however, while growth only happens through challenges - not all challenges result in growth. Thus the choice...

Eight years ago my dad, my brother, and I began participating in all day bike tours around Ohio. At that time we discussed how incredible it would be to ride cross country; we even chose a summer - 2011 - because all things going as planned, it would be my last summer before graduating from college and getting a real job and Scott's first summer as an adult, college bound without any summer commitments.

Life went on, sometimes as expected, many times not, and that dream faded quickly. It lay dormant but not forgotten until Thanksgiving of this year. I brought it back to the surface casually, almost jokingly, but its reception was completely serious. In less than 24 hours the decision was made - we were riding our bikes across the country, from sea to shining sea.

We chose to tackle this adventure Thanksgiving weekend, and we've had a number of challenges thus far along our way; however, the greatest challenges, and hopefully, the greatest rewards are yet to come.

Let's go.

  • Day 1 of 52
  • It's Official
Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
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Trip End Jul 26, 2011


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