It’s been nine months since I decided to go on this adventure. Five months since I resigned from my job and put my apartment on the market. 2 months since I moved back home to my parents to prepare for the journey. And now the time is finally here.
Preparing my bike for departure.
Tomorrow morning my parents will drive me down to Copenhagen to get on my flight to Washington. I’ll pick up my rental car and drive two hours south before staying with a warm showers-host for the night. On Wednesday I’ll drive the rest of the way down to Wilmington, North Carolina where I’ll start my journey on Thursday. Before I get going I need to buy food, reassemble my bike and try get used to the heat… and hopefully I’ll have time on Wednesday to cycle down to the beach and dip my back wheel in the ocean, which is the official way to start a cross country journey.
The first stop will be after just 300 km, when I get to Charlotte where I’ll see Taylor Swift on the 1989 tour on Monday the 8th of June. I’ve been a huge Swiftie for years and actually planned my journey according to her tour schedule… a dedicated fan for sure! I’ll also see her in Santa Clara and Los Angeles. Just look at this shirt I made, in hopes of getting into her after parties for the most devoted fans. Wish me luck!
I’m nervous but also excited to finally get started. I’ve done so much preparation, a lot of research and I couldn’t be more ready. But still I’m constantly changing from being absolutely terrified to being overly excited, but I’m sure I’ll calm down as soon as I actually get going. It’s hard when you really don’t know what to expect, as I’ve said before, I’ve never done anything like this.
But tomorrow is finally the time for adventure. The next time I write it will be from the United States!