Here’s what Ryan Van Duzer has to say about this journey:
I began this journey on the beaches of San Diego by quoting Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Well I’ve been on countless daring adventures but none quite like this. Instead of focusing on the physical aspect, I wanted to take this opportunity to dive deep into my heart and soul, and challenge myself mentally. I needed a recharge and a little bike therapy was in order.
It felt incredibly freeing to move my body and mind all day long, I’d never felt so alive! Traveling at 15mph is the perfect speed to really FEEL the world and appreciate all of Mother Nature’s magic. But it wasn’t the spectacular sights that I’ll remember most about this trip. It’s the amazing people I met all across this great country. I was so lucky to have reconnected with old friends was blown away with how quickly I became close with total strangers. Their endless amounts of kindness and generosity humbled me and solidified my belief that there is a lot more good in this world than bad.
As I pedaled from big city to small town and everything in between I asked everyone I met a simple question, What do you love most about life? Their answers were simple, heartfelt and inspiring.
So now it’s my turn to talk about what I love most in life… Every single day, with each stroke of the pedal, I thought about all the people that I love and how lucky I am to have them in my life. and I thought about all the people I haven’t yet met and will someday love. My wife, my children, new friends, maybe even a dog. I love life, plain and simple…I know I’m not always gonna be a pefect human being, but I’m determined to follow my heart and spread as much love and happiness as possible…there’s nothing more important in this world.
My legs might be a little stronger after all this, but it’s my heart that has grown most on this journey.