Goals have been important to me since I was a young boy. When I set a goal, I work hard to achieve it and I remain focused upon it. In May 2009, I began riding a bicycle for the first time since I was a young teenager. When Mrs. tVM and I returned to the desert in October 2009, I set a personal goal of bicycling 4,000 miles each year. Mrs. tVM has joined me in my quest. The only year we didn’t make it was 2014 when I had my second hip replacement.
I’d like to say I do it for myself. Truth be told, I do it to set an example for my family, for my kids and grandkids, for my nieces and nephew and for their kids. I do it so when I do draw my last breath, it can be said of me, “He died a healthy man.”
I’m pleased to report that this morning, I eclipsed 4,000 miles on my bicycle in 2015 with nearly a full month to go. Specifically, I’m at 4,017.22 bike miles. When you add in the 168.37 hiking miles in the desert and the 19.91 swimming miles, Mrs. tVM and I have covered 4,205.5 man-powered miles this year.
The circumference of Earth is 24,901 miles. My goal is to reach that in 2016 so that I can have ridden my bicycle around the world since counting miles in 2010. We currently stand at 22,458 miles. We can do it.
I feel good.
Around the World in Seven Years