Welcome to [Spoke]n.
Disclaimer: This blog will frequently include sappy posts, mediocre writing and terrible bike puns, but I’ll try to balance it out with really incredible photos.
I strive to live and make choices in my life based on a simple question: “Which will I regret more…doing it, or not doing it?” Sometimes the choice is hard, and sometimes I choose wrong. When I do, I learn and I grow and I chalk it up to experience. At the end of the day, if you’re trying to experience as much as you can, then it doesn’t matter what you choose because either way you’ll end up with a story you can share. A few months ago I made the seemingly no-brainer decision to alter my career path for the time being to take an incredible opportunity to be involved in something I’ve grown to love so much. I’m writing this blog so I can take you with me. I hope ya’ll brought your helmets, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride (told you)!
As you may or may not know, I have accepted a position with Bike the US for MS as their US Route Coordinator (yay!). A month from today I’ll be moving out of my apartment in Marietta, Ohio and gearing up (*chuckles*) for another adventure with some dedicated humans who are willing to literally bust their butts to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. With my new position, I am lucky enough to have the chance to travel with the teams and work from the road. Yes, teams. I’ll be helping lead three consecutive trips starting with the Northern Tier (Bar Harbor, ME to Seattle, WA from May 28th-August 4th), then heading south on the Pacific Coast route (Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA from August 6th-September 6th), and finally finishing up with the Southern Tier (San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL from September 8th to October 29th). That’s more than 9,000 miles in just over 5 months! Talk about a road trip, not to mention a dream job. After the trips are over, I’ll be relocating to Blacksburg, VA.
One of the biggest challenges of taking a job on the road, like countless songs about drifters and gypsies will tell you, is being away from any place (or person) that is considered home. For myself, that’s good ol’ Marietta. Luckily, I have an extremely supportive family who knows I am never more than a postcard or a plane ride away. I’ll miss them dearly, but like momma says, “It’s just geography.”
Keep an eye out for a few more posts leading up to the trips! Once we begin Route Leader training in late May, I’ll start posting daily so you can follow along if you’d like.