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Fun or reality?

Sarah and I were having a discussion recently about our upcoming, 4,200 mile, cross country bicycle ride. Looking for some hope and assurance she said, "It's going to be fun!" At that moment Sarah's description did not comport with my reality. I was drawing from a resource of personal experience having cycled the west coast from Canada to Los Angeles. Fun was not the word of choice when describing that trip. But with the tenderness of a flank steak and an overwhelming gift of seizing the moment, I offered some great words of encouragement, "I wouldn't call it fun but more of an amazing experience." Suddenly I was faced with one of those should'a, would'a, could'a moments. But now we were heading downhill fast while trying to apply the brakes. You all intuitively know it as code for an argument.


For years my dream trip has been to cycle from Alaska to Florida. Initially I thought I would do it solo because Sarah was not keen on riding bikes. But then it all changed when we began riding a tandem bike together. Sarah was showing little interest in my dream trip and for good reason, yet to her credit, she offered many different scenarios to try and accommodate the both of us. That's when the cross country trip was born and we both warmed up to the idea. To our surprise we have landed on a compromise and even though she has some concerns, I am so grateful that she is willing.


If you have never attempted such a journey, you don't know what you don't know. Have you ever been oversold on a movie or a restaurant or a hotel or a vacation or investment or whatever, only to be let down or frustrated? No one likes being sold a bill of goods whether intentional or not. But on a trip of this magnitude you don't want to find out that there is more that you should have known beforehand. And just like that, it flashed across my mind, she needs to know the whole truth but how do I tell her without scaring her off? Honestly, I have my own reservations about the trip. My challenge is how to prepare Sarah for what is sure to come and to reassure myself that we are going to find some fun in the midst of this amazing experience.

As we talked over the 4,200 mile journey, we came to the conclusion that fun will not be the overwhelming descriptor of the trip; but, it will be a journey that has all the potential of being amazing. Will there be moments of great fulfillment? Will there be some laughs? Will there be vistas and views and blue skies and places to pull over and drink in some cold water on a hot summer day? Will we feel spent and ready to quit at times? Will we meet great people and find incredible hospitality? Will our skills of problem solving be honed? Will we experience an unencumbered life for the moment? Will we see wildlife rarely seen? Will we be mesmerized by how big the world is and better yet how intricate God's creation is? Absolutely! But in addition to all that we hope to experience the sharpening of our one flesh relationship of 38 years into an even greater union. In reality, that will happen as we are forged through a three month long temper tandem (see home page).


Keep it rollin,


Scott


 


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It was great meeting you and Sarah today! We're looking forward to following your adventures. I noticed you stayed at the KOA in Casey, IL awhile back. My dad and I stayed there our when we were in our motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2002. It was crazy hot then too... Those cabins with A/C are a nice reprieve from the heat.


Wishing you fair weather and safe travels!

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Scott Dontanville
Scott Dontanville
14. Aug. 2022
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At least those places have air conditioning. We are camping at the KOA in Buckeye tonight. Great campground and they are doing burnouts on the street tonight. The lake is quite amazing. What fun it would be to stay in one of those house. Sarah was super happy to just be camping again. Keep making memories with your son. We have five kids and traveled with them a lot. Thanks for introducing yourselves today we have loved meeting new peeps. Scott

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Pete Schwab
Pete Schwab
01. Apr. 2022

Hey bro I think if you trim that walrus moustache you’ll get less resistance and more miles per pedal.

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That reminds me of one of my previous bosses. He would ask us "how do you spell fun" and we would just wait so he would have to tell us. And he would bellow it out in an awesome jovial voice "WIN". We sure did a lot of winning under his command and had a ton of fun. I'm sure you'll have many wins along the way and therefore you'll surely be having your share of fun! May the "win"d always be at your back! Keep on truckin...

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Scott Dontanville
Scott Dontanville
31. März 2022
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Great reply Chuck. I will keep that in mind because we are sure to encounter headwinds and I'll remember they are actually at my back pushing us along.

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Scott Dontanville
Scott Dontanville
31. März 2022

Hopefully it's going to be a great ride with a lot of FUUUUN😄

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Michael Erickson
Michael Erickson
30. März 2022

I think this sounds like an amazing trip. There is a lot to be said about doing a difficult task for the sake of it. I miss talking with you two and I look forward to hearing updates.

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