December 5, 2016 - Mandy Hale is a tours specialist at Adventure Cycling.
Our Adventure Cycling Tours team talks to all kinds of people who want to go on a bicycle tour.
“This would be an absolute dream.”
“Spending two weeks pedaling along the coast sounds magical.”
“I need to get away and this would be a perfect way.”
“For 20 years I have wanted to bike across the country.”
“I would love to see the fall foliage from a bike seat.”
After reviewing our 2017 tours schedule, one gentleman even insisted that we tell him to “quit being a chicken and sign up!” We did and he quickly followed this good advice.
I’m always curious about what prevents folks from diving in and creating special time for themselves. The reasons range from concerns about the time needed for their dream tour, to a person’s doubt about their ability to travel hundreds or thousands of miles under their own power. I understand where they’re coming from; it’s far too easy to come up with reasons to put the challenge off, stay in one’s comfort zone, and keep dreaming of “someday.”
But what if you stopped putting off your heart’s desire? What if you put your plans on the front burner, owned your true capabilities, and jumped into your dream, making it reality? What if you grabbed life by the bars and let it lead you into an amazing adventure?
Taking a risk, leaping into the unknown, seeing how far you can push yourself offers immense rewards. The journey of a thousand miles — or even a hundred — begins with a single step. Or to paraphrase Bilbo Baggins, it’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You hop onto your bike, and if you keep your seat, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
As you look to next year, consider putting aside all your excuses: Create the vision. Never lose sight of the goal in the planning. Envision yourself on the other side of your adventure, with all you imagined and more!
All of us here in the Tours Department look forward to talking with you about the vision you hope to turn into reality in 2017.
Photos 1 & 3 by Marshall Palm | Photo 2 by Greg Siple