U.S. 360 Tour — Rationale for the Journey

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” — James Dean

Webster’s defines “rationale” as a set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action. I am routinely asked why I have chosen to undertake such an ambitious and seemingly irrational set of journeys, and that has forced me to seriously consider my own “rationale”. I have reflected on this much over the last few years, and I have discovered there are a couple of core motivations at the heart of my pursuits.

In a nutshell, the rationale for my journey is to live a little better through the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, to not wait, and to praise every magnificent day that I am able to pursue it. I love adventure, I love the outdoors, and I am motivated by the possibility of challenging myself to cycle great distances while truly experiencing God’s beauty.

“Dreams are journeys that take one far from familiar shores, strengthening the heart, empowering the soul.” — Unknown

It is probably worth mentioning that I do have one last, if not highest priority motive. As the father of three amazing sons, I have worked to instill in them the things that will make them good men, always working to balance the development of mind, body and spirit. Being a hopeless pragmatist, what I have not always emphasized to them is the importance of allowing oneself to dream, and to continue pursuing the fulfillment of those dreams until their last breath. I have preached that philosophy to my boys (actually young men at this point), but I also want to deliver that philosophy through the practice of it, and I want to teach that philosophy through a life lived by example. That’s my idea of the perfect legacy, indeed!

“Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination” — William Longgood

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