Texas Hill Country
October 12, 2020
I'm an under-sized, un-athletic guy who likes to run and bike long distances. Despite a history of problems with my heart, kidneys, asthma, and anemia, I've always loved getting outside and moving around. Halfway through college, I took up long-distance running and discovered bike touring.
Since then, I've gone on self-supported bike tours in 16 countries, logged roughly 6,000 km of backpacking, and set course records in six marathons and three ultramarathons. Currently, I'm a high school math teacher in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Every summer, I disappear on another long distance hiking/biking trip. It's a great system, because by the end of the school year, you're thinking, "I need to get the hell outta here." But by the end of the summer, you start to think, "Teaching isn't so bad; there's air conditioning and you get to shower every day." And then your whole life feels like a vacation.
This summer, I'll finishing my coast-to-coast ride, started in 2017, by cycling from Kansas City to Acadia National Park in Maine. Along the way, I'll ride no less than four long-distance cycling paths: the Katy Trail, the Ohio/Erie Canal Towpath, the Great Allengheny Passage, and the Erie Canal Towpath.
Here's a video of the Western Wildlands Route, a bikepacking tour I did a few summers ago: