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Carrie Suriano
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Commitment Commitment… it can be powerful committing to embrace something positive and turning it into more good opportunities in your life.  I have found that to be the case with cycling for me.  This story shows a wonderful chain of commitments that all represent different but life enhancing opportunities of getting “out there.” Once I committed to biking I found myself committing to even more biking. This feels like a positive thing.  

It all started with winning a slot in the RAMROD lottery this year. This translates to committing to Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day, a 150-mile day ride at the end of July. I have done this ride before so my thought was “I can do it and I will be in good shape after that. I should take advantage of it.”  My sister expressed that she intended to sign up for Cycle Oregon – a seven-day excursion that explores a different part of Oregon each year. This is a supported 505-mile ride in September. I signed up. Then a trip to visit my boyfriend’s family in Wisconsin came up for discussion. I said I would go if we rented bikes while we were there. This developed into me sending a bike out to Wisconsin and us committing to seven days of cycling, or roughly 435 to 500 miles in June.  Next, a friend reached out to me on Facebook saying she is planning to ride from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast Route and she thought it sounded like something I would also enjoy. Was I interested? Though it would not be possib
le to start the ride with her, the prospect of a big bike adventure did pique my interest and I have now committed to riding the 1,800-mile journey solo and self supported.

And to bring it back to the small endeavors, last night a friend had a birthday gathering at a bar after work. I used my car to get to work because I had so many before and after work errands (preparation for the above trips mentioned) yet the bar is within easy biking distance from where I live so rather than continuing to drive I stopped at home and got on my bike. In this context, I can see how this commitment to biking, whether for transport, recreation or athletic meditation, is influencing my actions and increasing my fun.



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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? The inspiration came from a reach out by a friend via Facebook. She put the idea out there, I spoke with Nick (the head Ranger) and the desire for a long bike adventure has taken hold of me.
  • What is your goal for the route? My goal is to turn the pedals enough times to get me from Canada to Mexico. My goal is to have fun riding my road bike and to make biking an even more integrated part of my transportation/vacation choices. I am signed up for Cycle Oregon in September, a supported 505 miles. This will be excellent training.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have done two short trips by bike. My first trip was a solo adventure in New Zealand. I rode along the west coast of the South Island, around 389 miles. The road was pretty much quiet and the places I stayed either empty or full of group travelers. My second trip was more of an urban ride--I rode from Portland to Bend which is around 180 miles. Both trips I camped and in New Zealand I also stayed in backpacker hostels.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to wake up somewhere refreshing, like in a campground near the ocean, many times over. I look forward to getting away from habits and exploring my "local" area in an intimate physical way. And I look forward to simply being responsible for myself and the spontaneity and routine that I will find in that. I look forward to meeting people and hearing their journey of choices along the way.

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