That’s me up there in the orange with the chicken legs looking out at Sentinel Butte in North Dakota.
That picture was taken in July 2013 on my bicycle tour across North America.*
I went solo and was self-contained for the entire trip. Meaning, I carried all the camping gear, food, clothes, and spare parts on the bike – in FIVE BAGS.
I sustained and sheltered myself with just that little bit of gear and fully embraced the simplicity of living a minimal, transient life.
AND – I didn’t get run over by any logging trucks in Northern Washington State!
That ride brought out the best in my personality and I want to bring some of that magic into my every day, working life.
FIVE BAG FIT is about applying 3 important lessons I took away from the bike tour.
I write about them here.
Hopefully it’s useful to you.
- Live Simply and Comfortably: I don’t want to be a minimalist, but need to decide what adds value to life and purge the rest.
- Maintain Mind and Body: I ain’t getting any younger. Gotta pump that heart and move oxygen into those lungs. Gotta test and stress that grey matter in the brain to stay balanced.
- Plan and Go On Adventures: Bike touring and trail running are my passions. I ride and run where ever there’s a quiet road or rolling trail. You’ll follow along as I bumble through my bucket list of quests.
I’m sharing it all here for a few reasons:
- To inspire, entertain, educate, provoke, and probably agitate – YOU! My dedicated Readers.
- To hold myself accountable for the goals I set. Even if I fail at them I need to tell you why.
- I like to write and want to get better at it.
BONUS!!! You’ll get reviews of the gear I use and maps of the quiet roads I ride.
* You can read the online journal for my ride across North America by clicking HERE.