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 spring, I'm competing in a series of ultramarathons known as the Texas Trail Championship. In short, I'll be running at least four races, each of them 100 km or longer. If training goes well, there's a reasonable chance of winning first place.
Next summer, if all goes well, the plan is to finish the Pacific Crest Trail by hiking the northern half. I hiked the first 1,450 miles in summer 2018.
Here's a video of the Western Wildlands Route, a bikepacking tour I did a few summers ago: