Bike Touring 2.0b

I learned a lot on my first bike tour around northern Illinois. Looking back, I was surprised that I rode as far as I did. I’ve upgraded a few things since that last trip and will be testing through out the year.

I bought a new bike as my new workhorse.

The panniers were adequate but I wanted more space to lug around gear and fuel.

Credit card touring got expensive so I’m bringing everything needed to cook including the kitchen sink.

I’ll have better tools on me.

My biggest upgrade is the rider. I continue to learn more and I’m getting fit.

My View of History and Social Change

“A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!” – Abraham Lincoln

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitgerald

“However else you live your life, live it freely. It is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years.” – Adlai Stevenson

“Don’t be afraid to live, to live hard and fast, because it is not the years in your life, but the life in your years that count.”

Keeping a Journal, Diary, or Log

Keeps track of where you’re going.

Learn from the past.


I’ve been most successful when I keep a journal for my goals and dreams. It provides immediate feedback and gives you instant rewards.

Did you stick to your nutrition plan and completed all your exercises? The journal will reinforce that habit by showing you your estimated weight loss?

Did you find yourself in a situation that your manager did something you want to emulate in the future?  It’s recorded for you to refer to in the future.