Reblogging and Last Minute Panic

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Four more days until I leave for New Zealand! Last minute panic has certainly set in. I haven’t just been sitting around doing nothing. I’ve actually been riding my bike like crazy.

Fully loaded bike ready to  hit the Katy Trail!

Fully loaded bike ready to hit the Katy Trail!

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The Long Goodbye

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Nearly fully loaded touring bike

Nearly fully loaded touring bike

Today I rode 50 miles on with my touring bike, Xena, loaded to about 90% capacity. It was tough, but I’m figuring out how to evenly distribute weight and making decisions on what can be left behind. I’m staying at my parents’ home just outside of Kansas City, MO where I spend my days exploring cycling trails in the area, working on my new website, and stressing over what to pack for New Zealand. I’m also getting a chance to really catch up with my family before spending such a long time on the other side of the world.  Continue reading

Farewell, Austin (for now)

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The past few weeks have been filled with “lasts.” Last happy hour with friends, last dinner with roommates, last breakfast taco in Austin (oh the humanity!), last bike ride with my biking buddies, last day of work, last night sleeping in my bed, last time to hold my dog before she goes to live with my brother (that was really the toughest one).

My sweet Lola girl

My sweet Lola girl

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Being a Better Consumer (A Pre-Journey Perspective)

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20140703-125900.jpgThis past weekend I tackled the daunting task of getting rid of many of my things in preparation for my move to New Zealand. It actually worked out that I am able to keep a lot of my furniture at my current house with my roommates, but I desperately needed to pare down the piles of clothes, shoes, and junk I have acquired. I’ve never considered myself to be very materialistic, but when I looked around at all the purchases I have hoarded over the past five years I saw a strong case against me. There’s nothing like pleading with strangers to cart away your belongings to really put your consumerism in perspective. I even offered free beer and wine – with purchase! The ploy was far less successful than I had hoped. Apparently there aren’t so many people wanting to throw back some beers at 10am on a Sunday morning.

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Cups n’ Crowns

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Strava segments

Strava segments

Any other cyclists or runners out there hooked on Strava? If you haven’t heard of it, Strava is a free app which measures your speed and distance while cycling and running. There are also predetermined segments where you are ranked against any other Strava cyclist/runner who has done that segment at any time. You get awards for setting a PR and moving up in the rankings. The awards are really just little icons of medals, trophies, and crowns. But, to a highly competitive type A individual they might as well be real gold. Continue reading