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Other than Architecture school, my most life-changing experiences have been the cross-country bicycle trips I have taken.
During the summer of 2005, I bicycled from Virginia Beach to Florence, Oregon. Then immediately after I graduated from Architecture school in 2007, I rode from Bar Harbor, Maine to Portland, Oregon. I decided to use the second trip as my opportunity to run away from home, and I have now lived in Portland for 8 years.
When I took those trips, I met sooo many kind and incredible people, who fed me, let me stay with them, and shared their lives with me. The people I met and the experiences I had drastically changed how I look at the world—in a very positive way.
In the 8 years since my last cross-country bicycle ride, I have been letting cross-country cyclists stay with me at the beginnings and ends of their trips. have taken in a few in every year, and at this point, I have had about 35 cyclists stay with me.
I love having them here: learning who they are, where they have been, and where they are going. It’s my way of staying connected to this beautiful community of people.
How Will We Live Tomorrow?
This summer, a cross-country cyclist stayed with me who was destined to find me.
Paul Fallon is an Architect from Cambridge, Massachusetts, a yogi and a former yoga instructor. Paul has cycled up and down and across the lower 48 states, asking everyone he meets the very same question:
How Will We Live Tomorrow?
Paul then posts their responses on his blog, which he religiously updates several times a day.
At the time of writing this blogpost (November 4, 2015), Paul has visited 25 states, ridden 9,300 miles, and been on the road since the beginning of May 2015.
Below is a link to my response to his question: How Will We Live Tomorrow????
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