I left my house in southern California and headed toward Arizona. The weather was perfect, and the roads were clear of traffic, it was an ideal way to start my trip. After about eight hours of riding I was 30 miles shy of my destination when I heard something rattling around. I pulled off the road and found a loose bolt kicking around in my air filter. This wasn't a big deal, it just came as a surprise as I've put 30,000 miles on my bike and only ever did routine maintenance to it. I tightened the bolt and when I was finished unforgiving rain clouds rolled in, not without leaving a double rainbow in their wake.
I rode the next 30 miles in the rain and actually had a smile on my face thinking what am I getting myself into. When I arrived to my hotel I checked in and was directed to take my 50 lbs of gear up the stairs as there were no elevators. This would foreshadow the numerous other hotels I stayed in without elevators throughout the duration of my trip.
The next morning I gassed up, and rolled toward the Grand Canyon. I made it about 40 minutes when I heard my bike making another unusual sound. I tried to figure out what it was, but after pissing around for awhile I realized I had two choices; surrender and head back towards Flagstaff, or move ahead to the Grand Canyon and wish for the best. I took the second option and tested my luck. The noise eventually stopped, but not without me thinking, is this really as far as I'm going to make it on my cross country journey?
It would have been easy for me to stop in Arizona and say maybe this wasn't meant to be. I was on my own and thinking twice about every decision I was making. The further I got from California, the harder it would be to get back if something would happen to my bike. It was nerve-racking and exciting at the same time. I learned a lot in those first couple of days, and they were lessons that I believe will help me in life and in business. Stick to your guns and never give up because the good stuff is always worth fighting for.
Enjoy the journey,
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