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My passion obsession with bikes started back in college when a friend convinced me to go mountain biking with him at the local trails.  During my ride I remembered the thrill I used to feel as a kid and was amazed at why I ever stopped biking in the first place.  Shortly after, I purchased a mountain bike and I’ve been hooked ever since.

This blog began as a means for me to record a trip I took across the US, but has since served as a place for me to collect and record all of my miscellaneous bike adventures and share with some friends and family.  But, if by chance you find a route your interested in learning more about or are curious about anything that I blog about, feel free to contact me by email: brad@bradgoesbiking.com

The long distance touring bug got in my head sometime in 2013-2014 after reading several blogs and books.  Soon the idea was stuck in my head.  After 3 years working in Aerospace with a great company, I finally decided that there was no truly good reason on why I should not take a trip in my mid 20’s while I want to versus 35 years down the road.  I believe change is good.  Getting out of my comfort zone (ie. leave work, sell possessions, and plan a 3 month bike trip) is bound to present new challenges completely different from my current cushiony lifestyle.  The route is loosely planned and a destination is flagged on a map, but where I go and what I do once I get there is currently unknown.

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charels Kuralt

Travelling by bike is one of the best modes for extended travel in my biased opinion ;).  Rather than just visit couple cities along your travel route, there’s so much to experience in between that most travellers miss. Of course a good chunk of time freedom will make your experience that much richer.  Fresh air, stopping to meet people, the sense of freedom to easily detour or stay a day here or there when you’ve found a great place to explore.  Spontaneity.  It’s hard to take chances on unique opportunities that aren’t planned when you are on a strict deadline.  I like travelling by bike because, well I’m happy when I am on my bike.  It’s a place where I can clear my mind… Life seems far more simple on the seat of a bicycle.

Nowadays I’m busy launching a company with co-founder and fellow ex-college roommate, Andrew Schirmer in the Lake Tahoe area of California.  Having some free time after my trip I dove into learning web development, a skill I’m happy to be able to do from any remote location.  I still dream of the next tour and do my best to sneak in microadventures until the next big trip.