I’m happy to report that no sooner did I announce my bicycle adventure than people began positing unexpected responses. Just as I hoped!
Many people asked what charity I was raising money for; a few asked whether I was crowd-sourcing my adventure. Each question baffled me until I grasped their intent. Money defines so much of our lives; folks naturally assumed there must be a money angle to my enterprise.
There is not. I am not raising money for any charity, nor would I ask anyone to underwrite this journey. If my adventure has anything to do with money, it’s exploring how much life I can squeeze out of prudent resources. I have enough money. Not because I have so much, but because my wants are few. Besides, I’m seeking the most authentic aspects of America, which are often inexpensive.
So read on, give me suggestions, answer my question, and offer me your couch along the way. I promise I won’t hit you up for money, either for a worthy cause or for myself.