So its been a couple of weeks now since vanessa and I have finished riding our bicycles an average of 50-55 miles a day. The transition of traveling into a normal day to day life is a strange, Exciting, fun, not so fun, boring, new, cool, up and down roller coaster kind of thing.
We made it a point to not jump straight back into the rat race of jobs and responsibilities, but sooner or later you gotta make some money if plan to keep doing fun things. I was offered a position working at a bicycle shop in the town of riverhead. I have never worked on other bikes besides vanessas and mine, so to be able to score a job doing that with no experience, i jumped on it. two out of the four days that i work each week are with my friend Devin, so we car pool together and its fun, we usually get breakfast and eat outside before heading in. My boss is a workaholic cool dude. Its nice working with only two other people when the two people you work with are fun and nice and easy to get along with. So I'm thankful to be doing what I'm doing. But the whole idea of having to travel by car and not bicycle ever day kinda gets me down.
Vanessa has landed a Gig cleaning houses. This is also something that came up through a friend. She seems to like it, its good cash money, she hangs out with her friend Lianne all day and scrubs the toilets of rich Hampton summer houses. Sounds not so awesome to some, but its really a pretty cool job. They are a different place everyday, meet new people, snoop around huge houses, and just do their thing. Its long hours but that means just a few days of work a week and you are set.
We kinds just flopped around the first few weeks, but still made it a point to ride our bicycles whenever possible. We've made some new friends since being home who are also into riding bikes, so them combined with the friends we've always had makes for a pretty good crew, we've got this thing going where we meet up for a big group ride on Wednesday nights. but we hang out on bikes almost daily in smaller groups.
Honestly, as good as things have been, I still feel as if I have fallen into a slight state of depression over the past week or so. For over two months we woke up daily with a big mission, and worked all day and completed it giving us excitement for the next day. now on my days off i find myself sitting around trying to find things to keep myself busy. For two months we met new people every day, and they changed our perspective on life and I like to think that them meeting us changed them in small ways as well. I truly miss those interactions.
Our planet is full of so much bad stuff right now, i feel this way now more then ever. All over the world bad stuff is going on. But for a short period of time we were doing something different. something that made us feel good, something that left little to no negative impact on the world around us. And we were able to explore and see more beauty then I ever knew existed within our very own country.
I expected to feel this way eventually so I try not to let myself stay down. This is a transition period and it's just effecting me a little more then i believed it would.
besides the down feelings I've been dealing with. There has absolutely been a lot of good going on.
I have some really awesome friends who I see often and enjoy doing fun stuff anytime of day.
I have been to an amazing rope swing over a lake, Two times already.
I have started growing food in my back yard with my mother.
I get paid to work on bicycles
I have an amazing girlfriend who shares the passions that I have, with out her I would have a lot less to talk about for our bicycle journey would have never happened and I wouldn't be who I am today!
It Is SUMMER.
I've been listening to new great music a lot, and I recently scored some really good older albums from selden thrift.
I am aware of the fact that our future is unwritten and I am here today but anything is still possible. This is an exciting Idea.
I picked a jalapeno pepper straight from my back yard and used it to spice up my egg/potato breakfast. LIFE IS GOOD.
as far as pictures go, vanessa and I have recently developed 4 of the 7 rolls of film i have from our trip. and i am very happy with what we have seen. We plan to get a flicker or some other photo hosting site to post everything on. far to troublesome to post pictures on this blog.
Although our journey across the country by bicycle is over, our journey through life isn't and I plan to continue my Life As Usual, trying my hardest to have No Bad Days. So keep reading and I'll try my best to keep writing.
We have set our feet into the soil of Long Island. Between DC and here a whole lot happened, We went to Philly, ate cheesecakes. hung out and spent the night in the house of two amazing people who we met in Maryland, Swam in a river in south west New jersey, hung out in the dirty jerz with mikevarga for a few days and then ended our journey in an epic way with a bicycle ride from Jamaica queens to west Sayville with a crew of 7 (+vanessa and myself). the Last revolutions of our 3194 mile journey brought us right to the Door of Brocks, our favorite Long Island Watering Hole. This is where we held our post ride festivities. We drank beers and ate tons of food along side of some of the best friends we could ever ask for and our loving families. Very few things could have made this day any better then it was.
I plan to get on here sometime in the near future to talk more in depth about those last days on the road. Because they were just so soo sweet. and post pictures too of course. I just needed to put it out there that we have completed what we set out to do when we left San Diego 2 months 1 week and 1 day prior to yesterday. Its a strange feeling knowing we are now where we have been working so hard every day to get to. I believe it will take some time for everything to really set in and at that point i will be able to speak about the experience with a bit more clarity. And also a lot more pictures. Through out the entire trip i have been shooting film pictures so i now have 7 rolls that aren't even developed yet. Its going to be alot of fun to get those back and see it all from that point of view from beginning to the very end.
That's all I've got for now. Thank you, every single one of you.
Our family of friends who inspired us from the beautiful city of San Diego.
Every stranger that we met along the way that were our friends by the time we rode away.
Our Friends that put us up for a night or 3, fed us, and gave us the rest or the party that we needed at those points in the trip.
And lastly every person here in NY that welcomed us back with open arms and reminded us why it is we wanted to finish our journey right here.