You'll be happy you did...

September 10, 2009...

I've got tired legs.

But I keep going.

I rest for awhiile...but never for too long as to jeopardize my own willingness or desire.

When you are tired...physically, mentally, or emotionally...just do it.

Just take the step. Get on the bike with tired legs. Get out the door even when unwillingness grows in your thoughts.

Tomorrow, you'll be happy you did.

Seeds are being planted...

September 8, 2009...

Each additional city I visit on the Extra Mile America Tour is a bit more transforming.

Each new amazing extra mile person I meet touches me with his or her story.

There truly are great people in this world.

Selfless people.

Visionary people.

Extraordinary people.

And now I know nine cities full of them.

Seeds are being planted because of this experience.

In me.

My next next adventure...will be even bigger. planning

September 6, 2009...

Riding a bike...alone...for as many as 6-10 hours in a day gives one lots of time to reflect...and plan.

The reflecting part is valuable...but it isn't a lot of fun sometimes. Often, the reflecting is done regarding areas that we are currently feeling less than successful.

The planning part?

A great change of pace!

September 5, 2009...

Wow! Talk about a change of pace!

The Iowa roads without shoulders were taking their toll on my sanity, so it is really refreshing to ride through Illinois. Almost all the way across the state, I have been riding special trails reserved for bikes...the Hennepin Canal Trail and the I & M Trail.


Small Town, Iowa

September 3, 2009...

A cool story. Twice.

August 31, 2009...

On the Extra Mile America Tour event in Des Moines today, I met a guy named Ted Cochran.

At age 28, his mother donated a kidney to Ted and gave him life...again.

If that were the end of the story, it would be a cool story.

But it's not the end.

Ted did something more.

FOUR end of the year goals

August 29, 2009...

Can you believe 2009 is 2/3 over? Wow!

With this fact in mind, here are four end-of-the-year-goals to consider in order to finish the year out strong:


1. Choose one person with whom to reconnect before the year's end.

2. Do something related to exercise 50 of the remaining days.

3. Read three books.

4. Pick one organization and become a regular volunteer.


Raining and falling...

August 26, 2009...

Some days are just tough.

Some days, it feels like it "rains" down on us all day. Some days, we even fall once or twice attempting to get through the day.

Today...well... I had a bit of both.

For real.

Riding from Lincoln to Omaha, it poured. Hard.

All day long...for hours...I rode totally drenched.

And then, I fell.

"State maps"

August 25, 2009...

I am three days away from pedaling a bike through my fifth state. I'm feeling pretty good physically.

Thank goodness.

Before I started riding on July 21, I rarely looked at a big United States map. I preferred breaking the trip down into a final route by looking at individual state maps.

I did this so as to NOT overwhelm my thinking with just how B-I-G the U.S. really is. I didn't want to give my brain ammunition to bail on the goal.

Slowing down...

August 23, 2009...

I am in Hastings, Nebraska tonight. 

The town population is around 25,000 people and it's about 100 miles west of Lincoln.

In checking into the motel, I was tired from my long bike ride, but I hung around a little longer and chatted with the owner, Vidu Patel. I won by taking the time.

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