How does this entry connect to books and social media? This journey that Graham took was such a rare blend of great stories coupled with powerful social media. Now Graham says he will not write a book about his adventures . . . so I decided to showcase his story to, at the very least, help you. If you are for any reason down or just uninspired, take a peak at this site.
I’m Graham’s mom and as a mother of a son went through Hodgkins and then road his bike all by himself through eight countries, I spent six weeks hour after hour, wondering where he was. I did not rest until he returned to Chicago where he started.
I still can’t believe Graham took that journey. Every time I think about it I feel like I just was lifted up in the air as if I were in a hot air balloon. It lifts me up from my everyday worries. It buoys me up when I get aches or pains for any reason. It shows me that I can do more than I ever thought possible because, really, I still can’t believe Graham road by himself all that way!
He road from 8 a.m. or so to 3 p.m. daily. He road through rain and heat and wind and traffic. He road down roads that were unpaved. He also road down highways. One of my favorite stories he tells is how he would stop for lunch in remote areas. He would kick open the door of rundown roadside restaurant and people would ask if how he got there. When he told them he rode his bike, people would say, “No. Really. How did you get here.” He again would say, “I rode my bike here.” When they looked outside and see he was telling the truth as they saw no car in site, only his dusty bike, they would gasp. Then . . . they bought him lunch! What are you waiting for? What do you wish you could do but have not taken that first step yet? This is your year.
Want More? Go to his journal site with an awesome video on Tumblr and get inspired!