I’ve made it into California! This is approximately the halfway point of my trip. There has been a lot happening since my last blog post. Lately, a lot of my life has been about work. I’ve had nearly six out of six of my projects intensify all within the same week. The work is good, so I don’t regret taking it all on, but it’s admittedly been making me a little insane. I’m traveling the world, getting fit, and have gainful employment, but that doesn’t mean I’m stress-free. (But, I am thankful. I am lucky, and I am thankful.)
Sometimes I’m having the classic post-graduate thoughts “Is this what I want to be doing?” and “What is meaningful work to me?” I feel like these are a lot of the same thoughts many of my peers are facing. But, I need to take an objective step back and remember I’m doing well for 22. With the large amount of client work this week, I’ve totally stopped personal projects to deal with paid work. That’s just how it is sometimes.
My routine has been different this week as well. Now, I wake up and get as much work done as possible before I begin biking. While I bike, I’ve been continuing to think about the balance in my life and what I need to feel fulfilled. Biking really provides time to think and even kind of forces you to. For me, biking is the opposite of running away from a problem – I am not distracted from my thoughts, I bike straight into them.
Physically, I’m definitely getting stronger. It’s a moving target though because the next hill is always bigger. I can’t recall a time that I’ve ever been in this sort of shape. Cruising up hills without (entirely) losing my breath, being able to fully enjoy this body, it feels good. Though, I kinda wonder if I should start doing pushups or some other type of arm exercises so I’m not unbalanced with only really strong legs. I’m already a compulsive stretcher, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to do more of that either.
The sites in California and the last part of Oregon have been genuinely awe-inspiring. I particularly remember leaving Port Orford, Oregon. The exit started with a gnarly, wooded climb. Slow and steady. The moment the hill crested, the route turned towards the coast and the trees disappeared. Suddenly, my field of vision filled with massive coastal rock shooting out of the waters hundreds of feet below me. It felt very big and very powerful.
In other news, I get to see my mom today! She was visiting her brother in California and took a bus to come see me! We’re going to rent a car, drive inland a bit, and hopefully see some huge redwoods.
Overall, at the end of the day, I sleep well and continue to be extremely grateful that I’m able to do this bike trip. The weather has been great and I’m excited to explore California. Can’t wait to see what happens next!