Aside from the surprised reactions and uneasy looks when the words "I'm riding my bicycle to Los Angeles" come out in conversation, I've gotten questions concerning why I am doing what I'm doing. I'll do my best to answer a few recurring questions here.
You're doing what!?
I am riding my bicycle from my hometown of Ringoes, NJ to Los Angeles, CA.
I just graduated college. I know what I want to do with my life. One of the things I want to do is ride across the country. The other is to live in Los Angeles for a while and work. Why not combine the two? In five years I may not have the freedom to take an adventure like this one. I have no commitments as of now. This is when I can, so this is when I shall.
Why are you riding a bicycle?
Bicycling is freedom. It is economical, environmentally conscious, and it's fun!
Are you crazy?
If doing what I want means that I am crazy, then yes. I am crazy.
Have you heard of an "airplane"?
Yes. I have.
Have you heard of a "car"?
Where will you sleep?
In a tent. Couchsurfing if possible. However, I am always open to accepting offers from friendly folks who are willing to lend me their shower, roof, or lawn to rest!
Are you getting companies to sponsor you?
I've thought about sponsors but it always leads to conflicts with my purpose. My purpose is that I do not have a purpose. I can wake up and ride my bicycle to the next town, or the next city, or the next state. I can wake up and not ride at all. I can sit in a park all day long. The bottom line is that I do not have anyone telling me what to do for this thing. It's essential to me.
But you're vegan, where will you eat?
I've been searching vegan restaurants across the country for the days I don't want another can of beans for dinner. The selections in some states are pretty slim, but I'll survive.
Are you going to bring your things in a backpack?
My bicycle will be carrying everything I'm bringing. Weight off my shoulders, right?
Are you going with a group?
I am riding solo. I may meet up with riders along the way, but I do not intend on keeping company for the whole ride. However, I am not refusing company either. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to ride!
Isn't that dangerous?
Not really. America is a country founded on principles of exploration. Historical events and political discussions aside, of course.