Month: July 2014

Week One

Dear friends,

I write to you from the Honey Hub in Gackle, North Dakota. Today will be my seventh day on the road and all is well. This computer I’m typing on weighs about eight pounds and that’s too much not to be using it more often so I’ve decided to update this blog more frequently but first, allow me to catch you up on some of the highlights from my first week of the summer tour.

Minnesota is beautiful. I miss you. That first day of pedaling took me through Rush City (where I grew up) and the parade was just beginning. I fantasized about rolling down Main Street with my fully-loaded bike, waving proud like the Mayor. I left town though and made good progress. Entering the city of Dalbo, I stumbled upon a place called the Adventure Cyclists Bunkhouse..watch this short video http://youtu.be/ezcyY6BGlik It was still early but this place was too good to pass up. I shared the space that night with a teacher from Alaska who was pedaling cross-country as well. Big thanks to Donn Olson for hosting us and providing such a lovely bike oasis.

I added the Lake Wobegon and Central Lakes bike trails to my long list of Minnesota trails that I’ve had the chance to ride this summer already. The trail ends in Fergus Falls where I happen to have a cousin (she actually lives 10 miles west in a town called Foxhome). I called her up and stayed the night. I met her four-year-old daughter Kylie for the first time. That was nice and a heavy storm rolled in that night so I’m thankful that I wasn’t in my tent. The timing was perfect.

North Dakota has been really windy. I’m not in a hurry though. In the town of Enderlin, I stopped for a beer in the early afternoon and ended up staying the night at the Cross Roads steakhouse right on the 46. The owner’s name is John and he cooks a mean rib-eye. We drank gallons of beer and I woke up hung over but it was all free fun. From Enderlin I pedaled 75 miles up and down hills through the winds and rain. Arriving in Gackle around 5 pm, I had some dinner and found out about the Honey Hub, another hostel catering to bicyclists. Jason and Ginny are beekeepers who live in California but they stay here in ND and host nearly 200 cyclists from June until September. During those months, their bees are spread across ND in white boxes. They hover over the crops and do work until the fall comes and then  Jason and Ginny move all 12,000 of them to California for better weather and honey production. As you can see, I’ve had some amazing experiences already. It’s time to move on down the road though. I’ll check in again soon with and update and some photographs.

Happy Trails,

-MJ

I’m Ready Now

bike ocean

Over the mountains and through the woods, off to the ocean I go. I’ll be waiting in Northern California for you…

July 4th, freedom and family fun. I’ve been here in Wisconsin since then but my time has come. The trip to Itasca was intended to be the beginning of a summer tour (funded by selling my book on the road) but returning home was a necessary step before proceeding. It didn’t feel right to be focused on selling something and having to carrying that weight along with me. That little trickle in Itasca told me to turn around and revisit my source and in so doing, I found some clarity in where I’m from and where I’m going. I’m ready now.

I won’t be bringing much along for the ride: camping gear, a guitar, and hundreds of handwritten notes with kind words that I’ll pass on to strangers with encouragement for them to do the same. See the ‘Pay it Forward’ page for more details. I want this tour to be about serving people and giving back.

Honor the earth and treat each other with compassion.

Happy Trails,

-MJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsworthy

Dear friends,

I had a phone interview with the Seeley Swan Pathfinder recently and they did a newspaper write up on my newly released book, The Fox Trails. Click the link and check it out—http://bit.ly/1naPXzT

The lovely Teshia provided me with the artwork for the cover and the article above shows how that came into fruition. Heavy stuff. Another big thanks to Teshia http://teshiaart.com.

For anyone who’s read the book, I would Love to have more reviews on Amazon! Potential customers really appreciate these and it helps my sales dramatically so please, write a line and tell me your thoughts. http://amzn.to/1rXH70c 

I am excited to announce that I started writing book two of what will become a trilogy. My plan to head west for the summer is on hold until I get these ideas off my chest. 

Happy Trails,

-MJ