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.
Here's a video of the Western Wildlands Route, a bikepacking tour I did a few summers ago:
This past summer, instead of traveling, I did a lot of running in my hometown. By October, I'd gotten in good shape and completed my first 100-mile footrace, the Cactus Rose 100, winning 1st place by a 2.5-hour margin.
As far as next summer, if things improve, options include finishing my coast-to-coast ride by cycling from Kansas City to Acadia National Park, riding the Pony Express bikepacking route, or finishing the PCT by hiking the northern half. We'll have to see what's going on in the world.