BAM!

BAM! No, this isn’t about Emeril Lagasse (although I love his food), but rather it’s an acronym for Bike across AMerica. Am I planning to cycle across America? I wish I was, the thought of long rides with your bike packed with camping gear plus weeks of free time is really appealing to me. It something that many of us dream of doing, but in reality only a select few have the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. Although it’s not me doing the ride, I did come across a fellow dailymiler that is planning on doing this in the very near future, Jasmine and Fiji.

I’ve had a friend request on dailymile sitting in my queue for a day or two, just sitting there. I usually accept friend requests quickly, but lately I’ve been busy and distracted. Today, I went ahead and accepted the request and took a look at who the new friend was. Jasmine is her name and the first thing I noticed is that she has ridden a lot. Neat! The next thing I noticed is that she gets a lot of comments (that’s always good) and then I noticed the pictures. I love pictures. To me pictures always bring the page to life. The next item I checked was her goals that she wants to achieve:

Lose all my college weight by the end of 2013 and successfully bike across America in April. First, I gotta raise funds!

Lose college weight, check. Bike across America, wow! Now that caught my eye and then I noticed a blog link. I like blogs that users have as I always find something interesting. Jasmine’s blog is all about her preparation on her journey across America with her faithful companion Fiji, her doggie.  Her path takes her straight down the middle of America from New York City down to Virginia and then onwards to Los Angeles. Very ambitious goal and a great way to work off the weight.

It takes a lot to cycle across the United States on a bike. You would think that it’s fairly inexpensive, but little things add up. First, all the gear that needed for the trip – sleeping bag, tent, food, water, spare parts for the bike, repair kit, etc. Then you need a bike to carry all this equipment. These two basic items cost money. Sometimes you got the funds and other times you don’t. Jasmine is fund-raising to help with the expenses. Drop by her blog and see if you can donate to her cause or get an item or two from her wish list.

Fiji and Jasmine can be found at Fiji and Jasmine Bike Across America. Visit her blog and see how she is preparing, training and fund-raising for the big event. She plans to blog or tweet along the ride so you can follow her progress. Live your dream through her and support her endeavor with funds, kind words of encouragement or advice. A little go a long ways. Besides, she has cool, fun graphics on her page. I was moved and inspired to help her reach her goals and I hope you are to. Maybe some of it will rub off on me and get me riding more.

Keep them wheels spinning.

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