Looking for some inspiration today

Everyone has an adventure in them. Doesn’t have to be bicycling across America, it could be a vacation, a trip away, just something different to the routine of life. Something that gets you outside of your comfort zone. It can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Don’t let time go by without doing your own adventure.  If you don’t have an adventure planned start planning one… Half the fun is planning and preparing…

Friend or foe?

Cycling into Aguilla, a small town in the Arizona desert, around 7.30 a.m., there’s a bloke coming toward me pushing a loaded cart, something like a three-wheeled stroller. I moved to the other side of the road, in case he is crazy. It’s people more than wild animals that are the worry out here. He says, “Any food places open down the road?”
I reply, “Yes, about 30 miles back!” We both agree this would be a good time to eat and have breakfast together at a small café.
It turns out Tony is running around the world. He’s been on the road for 192 days and averages 25 miles a day! He started running across Ireland, then flew to the United States, started running from Maine, and plans to run to the bottom of South America. Then he will catch a flight to Australia and run the entire length of that, then through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe on his way back to Ireland. Tony also has a few world records for ultra running, including running on a treadmill for 48 hours. Check his website out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Mangan.

What is the best bike for long distance riding?

The best bike for long distance riding is the one that you find the most comfortable. You don’t necessarily need an expensive bike to do this type of ride. I found along the way that people would be riding all types of bikes, from high-end to something that looked like they found it on the side of the road. It really comes down to what is comfortable for you.
My bike is a Navaro Divano from REI, made of aluminum with carbon fiber front forks. I purchased the bike on sale years ago for $650. Since then, the running gear has been replaced twice, along with brakes and many sets of tubes and tires.
The seat on my bike is a stock seat that came with the bike and has proven very “reliable” over the years. People have suggested better quality brands, but if something is working, why change it?