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I once had a friend with whom I embarked on a journey. We were close friends for more than 12 years. However, as time went on and I learned about his reputation as a traveler, I began to notice inconsistencies in his stories. He claimed to have military experience, but his lack of skill with a gun suggested otherwise. It seemed like he took bits and pieces from the stories of actual veterans and created his own tale, often while presumably spending time at McDonald's in the early hours.
During our first trip together, I realized he always wanted to be ahead, never taking the time to appreciate the little things. He constantly sought control and would always be the first to speak in any situation, which was quite bothersome from the very beginning. Despite my attempts to encourage him to relax, as a seemingly educated mature man in his late 50s, he seemed to have an insatiable desire to hear himself talk. We reconciled and started our adventure again, but it quickly fell apart. He persisted in rushing ahead and refusing to slow down, to the point where my memories of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the northern part of Florida are hazy. It turns out that when no one is paying attention, he would hitch rides too, consequently, this behavior completely contradicts the essence of what
Fat Bike America truly represents.
I was driving down to the grocery store when I came across, the adventurous Scott Silverness on his route to Claremont, NH. Upon introduction he informed me that he rode his bike from California. After a few moments of discussion and comparing brief stories. I bought him some cold water once in town and said good luck!
In the included website I am mentioned in Week 14: Click HERE for details!
Upon leaving Epcot and venturing North to Gainesville, FL I met Staci & Kot. A couple of really great bikepackers. They were only on the road for a few days. It was nice meeting them.
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A great depiction of explorers is Gary, I met him in the Keys of Florida, he had traveled from Seattle, Washington and was headed to Key West.
I met an adventurous man, Greg a former pro-cyclist on his recumbent trike in Florida on my way to Apopka. He had suffered a stroke that lead him to stop riding bicycles. He was quite amazed at myself on a fat tire bicycle.
I met Stephanie in the Keys of Florida on her route to Key West. I believe she started in Pennsylvania. Full of smiles and enthusiasm, she’s a great definition of bikepackers who enjoy life!
I met this man in New Mexico as he is traveling by motorcycle with saddlebags. On an adventurous journey.
I met these two great explorers in Red Canyon near Bryce, Utah. As they are daily trikers.
This man is from Canada and frequently travels the United States on his motorcycle and takes on many adventurous miles.
Met this man in Santa Barbara as he was doing his daily travel around the city. This page isn’t just for explorers.
Met this man on US 1 headed down the west coast on an adventurous feat to the Baja of Mexico.
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