(you can call me Josh)
This is me with my life partner Shan. He runs far (really, really far). I run far, too, but I bike even farther. I've always been drawn to big adventures, including a cycling traverse of Vermont, an adventure in Death Valley, and lots of mountain biking in hot spots like Kingdom Trails, Asheville, Moab, and Bentonville. Luckily, I have friends who are happy to join me and - even better - have crazy ideas of their own. This means there is always an adventure on the horizon. I created this blog to highlight an expedition Shan and I completed - a bike-supported run across the country to raise money and awareness for the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
East Coast Greenway Expedition
On April 16th, 2022 we embarked on a bike-supported run on the East Coast Greenway, a partially finished multi-use path that runs from Key West, FL to the Canadian border in Maine. This was my first cross-country trek and Shan's second run across America (the first time was West to East). The expedition tested our physical abilities, mental endurance, and organizational skills. We used this journey to raise awareness (and money) for the East Coast Greenway Alliance and to help promote a healthy lifestyle for runners, walkers, and cyclists.
And, let's be honest, it was also an awesome way for us to share our passions (for running and cycling), in a complementary way, while doing something meaningful and making some amazing memories together.
Before we left I said, "I am truly excited to see how we weather this challenge together". Considering we finished up the expedition by getting engaged and then married within a few months, I'd say we weathered the challenge pretty well.
In my blog posts and photos, I try to capture the essence of our 2022 expedition - the planning of the trip, the epicness of the execution (both the ups and the downs), the excitement of success, and the joy and satisfaction in reflection. Even with the amazing spreadsheet I built, we knew there would be hiccups, challenges, and technical difficulties along the way. We were ready for it, though.
I hope you enjoy our journey as much as we did!