Adventures give meaning to life. They give us a purpose to wake up and count the minutes of the day until we clock out of work that one last time to start our journey. Big or small, long or short, bike or not, the adventure gives us something to look forward to.
For 2013, my adventure will be riding the beaches of Alaska. Yes I am sure there will be many adventures for 2013, but this is the one that rises above the rest. Alaska has a special place in my heart. It is the untamed land in my mind. It is the place where modern day cowboys can ride their steel steeds and make their own rules. In summer, sunrise and sunset play little affect in what one considers the start and stop of your normal day. Alaska has land where a person can possibly put their foot for the first time…ever! It is the wild!
Days have come and go. The closer the trip gets, the slower it actually seems to arrive. I have packed gear this way and that way. I’ve even camped out in my front yard when the temps in Minnesota have matched the projected temps of Alaska.
I have new meaning behind riding the rest of my bikes. I pedal to build strength for the nearly 24-hours of sunlight each day…knowing full well we will only ride a portion of each day. Spearfish, Fargo, Colossal and Mukluk have all been used and abused in preparation for the beach ride. The best part is I ride them all with a new purpose!
The large adventure has given me more than just the trip to Alaska. It has made my days before the trip full. The air I breathe is powerful. Nights are full of dreams and thoughts of what is to come.
Go out and find your next adventure, but don’t lose sight of the entire journey. Share the experiences with your friends and family. Inspire others to get out of the day-to-day, if only for a moment in time.
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Justin Julian (Red)
I am lucky enough to be the General Manager of Salsa Cycles. I hail from central Missouri where the hills hide some of the most fascinating treasures. Moonshine being one of them, great singletrack being the second. Bikes have been an important part of my life from the ripe ol’ age of 3. I have raced, rode, crashed and enjoyed motorcycles for going on 34 years now. The bicycle has been a critical part of my motorcycle career (loosely used) in terms of training, enjoyment, rehab, and escape from the day to day. Both of these two-wheeled contraptions are the reason I exist. They are very much part of my life and being. Cycling and motorsports are also a strength and bond that connects my wife and two boys. Live to ride, ride to live!