I’ve always wanted to cross America.
In various ways, I have already. Flying doesn’t count as it’s only departure and destination terminus, the journey contained within a thin steel surrounding. I’ve previously bussed from Ottawa to Vancouver; taken train from Spokane to New York, and from Ottawa to Los Angeles (with lay-overs in Toronto, Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans).
So while I have technically crossed America several times, transit points ensure that stops are only really in big cities – and big cities are really much of a likeness – so much of an experience is still there awaiting.
There are several big questions which occasionally come up in going-nowhere conversations: What is the meaning of life; What do you want to do with your life (job-wise); What do you want to do before you die? The Bucket List.
A couple of years ago I decided that a Bucket List shouldn’t just be a morbid race to tick boxes before we croak, but could be a constantly evolving list of targets for achieving within a set time-frame. More like the 5-year-plan that you get asked in job interviews.
I set myself 3 challenges to complete before I turn 35 (February 2019):
- Complete an Iron-distance triathlon
- Attempt the Marathon des Sables (aka Sahara Ultra Marathon)
- Cycle across the United States of America, coast to coast.
Thus, my Pond to Pond adventure is in the making.
I will use this website/blog to detail my trip planning, equipment trials, training progress and ultimately, the journey itself. Wish me luck, and happy reading.