The Adventure

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I’m bicycling 8,000 miles to South America. For me, this is a spiritual quest: my original purpose was to “meet the gods” even though I don’t know if the divine is real or, if it is, where we might find it.

However, as I travel my purpose has widened. I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of adventure—even a carefully planned, well prepared adventure—to change lives. I define adventure as undertaking something so big or so difficult you’re not sure whether you can even complete it. That means your adventure challenges you over and over, helping you discover your limits, your strengths and who you really are.

I like to share this experience with others. At different points on my journey, friends and readers have joined me. None of them had any previous bicycling experience, but all of them found they could rise to the challenge and accomplish something that sounded nearly impossible. It was my honor to be beside them.

In November, there is a new chance to join the Adventure. I’ve crossed the entire United States now, and am about the start the Mexico leg. In two months, our little fellowship will bicycle Mexico from north to south, one segment at a time. You can join for any segment you like: anything from four days to a few weeks to the entire trip.

Interested? Get details here, and email me at if you think you might be interested.

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    • Hi Sandra, thank you so much for posting and sorry for the slow reply :) It looks like Rutlege is only about a 1 day walk out of my way so I might just do that! Looks very interesting on the web site.

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  13. Reading this made me think of two people I know who you would enjoy knowing. Dr. Ed Chasteen of Hate Busters in Liberty, MO. He once biked across the US and relied totally on the hospitality of others, much like Peace Pilgrim did. I’m sure you know her story? And then my good friend Daniel Hickey. He grew up in Recife which appears to be your “final” destination on this route to Brazil. He has finally returned to Brasil to live, and has met and married the girl of his dreams. You can find both of them via fb in my friends list. This all sounds so exciting.

  14. Dave Scallon says:

    Hey, How is it going, been a couple of Months. I will offer up my prayers for you.

    Take care, May Lugh guide and protect you.


    • Thank you Dave! I just completed my pre-trip to start learning Spanish. So far I’ve managed to make things work – thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot, each and every time.

  15. Blessed be! I am impressed and intimidated :) I’m at one of those points at life when it is time to create something new, always an intense endeavor. I’m looking forward to reading along with you on your journey. Best wishes, Meg

  16. Beatriz says:

    Hello Drew. Find your blog by Humanistic Paganism. You deserve lots of aplause and incentive, because what you are doing requires a _lot_ of courage. I don’t have much money to support you but I want you to know that, in case you need translations to portuguese, you can find me here As a brazilian who never ever met the forest the whole world talk about it, maybe I’m not so much of a help, but the language I know, and little bits of our culture too, so e-mail if you need.
    Again, congratulations on your brave, mythical journey. One day I hope to be able to follow this footsteps.

    • Beatriz, thank you! This is a wonderful offer. I’ll eventually need to learn Portuguese.

      It sounds like you have thoughts of an adventure of your own… want to share? All adventures are welcome here, whether they’re like mine or not.

      • Beatriz says:

        Well, Drew, I want to have an adventure very much like yours, maybe including more europe and less america :D Right now I’m working on a plan to make a living on a computer. Once this is setled I’ll start planing the trip. I want to visit old temples of roman and celtic origin all over the old world, and yes, maybe find the gods there too.

        • That is amazing and very inspiring. I’m only partway up the mountain of internet freelance self-employment myself, but I’d like to help you get started in any way I can.

  17. Genevieve says:

    You sound like you are used to lots of layman style praise. You truly need to tone down your ego. You are not a Hollywood action hero, nor even a Bollywood or Nollywood one for that matter. Slumming through the U.S. in an idealized “trust fund style” manner, & mooching off day-shifters is one thing—doing so through Central America is an entirely different phenomenon—particularly with the Honduran / Nicaraguan seacoast route you’ve decided upon. You need much more than a smile in those parts…. Something tells me you’ll be e-mailing Mom & Dad for money too. While I don’t want to hear about your gringo ass getting maimed & killed, it would be good for you to get a little “black & blue” to knock you out of this little delusion you are immersed in, Mr. Professor Doctor, “Rogue Priest”. Good Luck, at least you’re trying, which is more than most people can say.

  18. Ed Royster says:

    Just found the site will be following I believe there is within us the desire to know. but the tools that we use prevent us from learning traditional methods of learning about self life and God do not provide real insight into the human experience One size does not fit all will foll

  19. Kellen Slaski says:

    Hi Drew, I’m from South Brazilmy hometown is Porto Alegre,I saw that I plan to stop in Recife but if you would like to extend your trip tithe south, you are more welcome to stay at my house. You inspired me to go out there and meet the world, after I finish college I might do something that would help me to understand myself better and help others! I am open for ideas! What’s your location as 8/24/12?? Be safe!

    • Bom dia Kellen! I’m glad you found me here. As of 8/24 I am on a family farm outside Melrose, Wisconsin, USA.

      When I get to Brazil I have no idea what exactly I’ll do but I’ll almost certainly explore around the country and meet people. I’d be honored to visit you!! When do you finish college? There are many ways to go out and challenge yourself and, of course, you are welcome to come join me on the Adventure if you like.

    • Tony I enjoyed meeting you too! Thank you so much for your help. Bicycling is an art form that I’m slowly learning. Every time I think I know what I’m doing I find out how much more there is to learn. What a beautiful way to travel.

  20. yash says:

    hey drew….
    my name is yash sharma…from india.
    i want great adventure jobs like travel into all country… nd get knowledge of nature after give all country people… im passionate for this job….
    I like adventure job…
    so pls give me sime advise

    • Hi Yash. Are you related to Sushi Sharma in MN, by any chance?

      I’m happy to provide ideas and advice, but I’d need to know more details. What kind of work do you want to do internationally?

  21. Dalton Ramirez says:

    I don’t know who you are, but I can’t help but absorb knowledge. I have big dreams. One of them, changing the world…for the greater good. I’m 18. And I’m gonna sleep outside tonight, somewhere on the street. My fears keep creeping into my mind, but I’m on a mission to set it free! So I have no choice. Seeing as you may have no choice either but To see your journey through, so I must see mine. Good luck amigo. Much love

  22. ray says:

    i signed up for this, but had to cancel for various reasons… please give
    us an update as to how things are going… i know things are hectic, but we
    are waiting… ray harder

    • Hey Ray!

      Thanks for checking in. I saw your Ask Me Anything as well and was just about to reply.

      We made it safely through the border zone. At this point I am in Cedral, SLP having completed the first two legs of the ride. The 3rd leg starts Sunday!

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