two months on a bicycle

Over the summer of 2004, I pedaled my bicycle across the continent of North America. Beginning in Cape Disappointment, Washington, and ending at my parents’ house in Bozrah, Connecticut, I rode about 4,800 miles across 10 US states plus one Canadian province, powered along with caffeine from hundreds of cups of bottomless coffee at the wonderful greasy spoon cafes that line America’s roadways.

I was alone for the first half of the trip, until my old buddy Nate joined me in North Dakota. I saw two black bears. I had 13 flat tires. I fainted once. I largely dieted on instant oatmeal, peanut butter sandwiches, and instant noodles. At night I usually camped roadside in my tiny tent, which helped keep costs down to just over $800 total for the two-month trip.

Back at college while finishing up my senior year, I spent dozens of hours alone in the computer lab to edit all the clips taken on my digital camera into the following iMovie that I called “The Way It Had to Be.” The film was screened before an audience of 100-plus people at Calvin College and received an honorable mention at the 2005 New London Film Festival.

Part 1: The Idea

Part 2: Washington to North Dakota

Part 3: Minnesota to New York

Part 4: The Sum Total

This artsy streak also got me into music…

Like during the summer of 2007, when I lived with my sister in a Brooklyn. Every day we wrote, played, recorded, and uploaded onto the Internet a new song. We were the Songadaysiblings — listen to us!