Great Lakes Tour de Friends

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Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.

I will never regret the day I started riding a bicycle again in 1999. Little did I know it would change my life in amazing ways. And I will never regret my decision to become a cycling coach in 2001, because it’s kept me on the bike, for better or for worse, even when I had no desire to ride.

As I wrap up another 2-week tour, it’s always surreal looking back on the experience. You can lose yourself in 2 weeks. You can find yourself, too. You can connect with the world in ways that are completely unlike your everyday life at home. You can experience every emotion in the spectrum, from overwhelming joy and awe to debilitating pain and fear. You can see, hear, smell, feel, taste the world around you. You can connect with others or completely detach. And, if you’re very lucky, you will do all of this.

I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to do what I do. I have an amazing partner who supports and encourages my wanderlust and my independence and loves me even more when I come home. I have the perfect bike built by a friend and talented builder who has built four different bikes for me over the years. And I have a job that allows me to sneak away for a bit to lose myself and find myself and, ultimately, become a better version of myself.

Thank you, friends, for following along on my adventures. Your love and engagement add a component of fun that inspires me to share more. I can’t wait to take you along on my next adventure!

You can see my full touring photo journal here:  http://www.instagram.com/savvybike