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November 30, 2009


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Beautiful piece! We've never met, but you've got some friends in Jersey City who are glad you shared it with us.

Inspiring! Reading this makes me feel soft and weak with my measly bike training. I want to get out and ride now! Call me if you want to ride some time soon.

Great summary. Look forward to seeing more. It was very cool to follow your journey along the way thru Twitter and then to actually meet you in a bar in Asheville! Small world moment amongst an epic journey.

Chris, you are really an inspiration, and a very gracious individual. Thanks for setting such a great example, being so helpful etc.

Aww, sweet Mr. Sacca, I read this w/ tears streaming down my face. Your physical/inner struggle on the trip and the current struggle now of processing the experience; my heart reaches out to yours.

Chris - Such an inspiring piece. I love the poetry of it with which you transform me into the landscape and the feelings and depth of your experience. How wonderful that this experience transcended beyond the physical into a metaphysical evolution as well. Congrats again, and thanks for daring to put it out there.

What an fantastic blog summing up all the things we experience on these epic journeys. I'm even more inspired about my John O'Groats to Lands End ride on my £50 bike old banger of a bike this winter after reading that!

Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Your tenacity is inspiring. I think you should write a book about the adventure. Chris, you write so beautifully – it's been a real pleasure reading your blog.

Hey Chris! Just one of your fellow neighbors here, residing in South Lake Tahoe. I recently confessed to my cycling friend from the Bay Area that I want to ride across country. I did the Death Ride this summer, so the natural progression seems to increase mileage with a double century or touring. She then sent me the link to your blog. I very much enjoyed your poetic description of your experience. I plan to bike down the coast of CA first to see if I like multi-day touring. After reading your blog, I think it would be best to prepare my body and even better to prepare my mind for such a daunting task. Thanks for your help!

hey Chris, thank you! for sharing your experience with all of us. You are a true inspiration, and your crazy authentic voice is touching and moving. Good luck on your next adventure. I'm sure it will be wildly successful and transformative!

The reason I am following you in Twitter is because I love your dry sense of humor and because you are smart. During the ride across the country I realized that you are also a sensitive man and this blog shows that. The way you capture images and the way you express your feeling through them give us another clue of who Chris Sacca really is....

Hi Chris
What a ride! What a write-up. Good lad! Loved following your adventure and looking at your photies from all the way over here in Scotland (Twitter's just great isn't it!!).

Great story well written and you gave a sense of what it was like on your journey, on more levels than one.

I empathise with your feelings along the way and those since you've finished as I went on my first ever big adventure by trekking to Mt Everest Base camp in April of this year. That for me was a huge rollercoaster (cliche but true!) and since I've come home there has been something missing. I don't know what yet but somehow i just feel kinda... different?

I blogged about my whole journey from the early days of the first flicker of a thought of Everest, to the build up, to the fundraising I did for Marie Curie Cancer Care (a UK charity I raised £4000 for) then when i came home i tried to put into words what i went through and how it was. You can write and write and write all day but somehow getting over the sense and feeling of actually being there and doing it.. well i'm not very good at writing. I mean how do you convey the feeling of finally having a flushing toilet to use after having nothing but a hole in the ground to use for 2 weeks!! :)

But yeah, I think everyone should take on these challenges - at least once in their lifetime. It certainly puts things into perspective and has made me hungry for more. Sadly I never achieved my ultimate goal of reaching Everest Base Camp as I got pretty sick: khumbu cough, cracked a few ribs.. yadda yadda cough cough.... My other mates in the group went on to complete it though, but it still kinda hurts me you know. Unfinished business you could say. I'd love to go back and finish off what I started as I felt like a failure when i came home (after having gone on about it for a year beforehand!). We'll see... cirucmstance will dictate whether or not that happens but I'm definitely up for another challenge so (taking your lead)... I've gone and bought me a bike!! My first proper bike in 12 years!! It's not been delivered yet but hopefully by mid January I'll be out on the road or in the mountains getting the miles in! yikes.

Hey ain't it strange communicating in more than 140 characters! :)

Anyway all I really wanted to say was Well Done and Thank You for sharing!! (but my writing is not that concise) and I can't wait to read this essay.

take care

PS I think you should come to Scotland. Next Summer. Walk/hike/trek the West Highland Way. 100 miles of the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. Takes about 7-8 days normally but I'm gonna try for less... You up for it!? Go on...

Chris - thank you for sharing this with your friends and with strangers (like me). I'm contemplating this very ride next year and it's a constant back and forth debate in my head. My two biggest concerns are 40 days on the road (I travel a ton for work and don't do well when I'm gone for four or five days in a row) and if I'll be able to work while I'm out there. But then I think, when will I ever have a chance like this again? I'm in the best shape of my life. I ride every day. It seems like a no brainer. But then the negative thoughts take over...and now I don't like the idea of cycling in the snow. You've certainly given me a lot more to consider (the friends I'll make, the peace I'll feel, the beauty I'll see) and I thank you for that!

Beautiful. That's all that needs to be said.

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  • Hincapie Sportswear
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  • Trek Bikes
    After years of riding Felt, and following some serious ball-busting from Lance, I finally gave in and bought a Trek Madone 6.9. Holy cow is this a hot bike. That said, I broke it in a freak occurrence and, I am glad to say, Trek stood by their equipment and I am back on my ride, good as new.
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  • Twitter
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  • charity:water
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  • Architecture for Humanity
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    Lance Armstrong is a friend, a mentor, and is a testament to sheer will and work ethic. He is a big reason I am out here. Plus, he's declared war on cancer. Let's help him.
  • Free Press
    A non-partisan group working their asses off to ensure fair media and universal access to communication. I love these guys.
  • RoadID
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