Returning back to California ended up being a much bigger transition than I had anticipated. It was a shock to the system to not be biking so much every day, not being outdoors almost all the time, and not going somewhere new every day. On discussing this with other long distance bikers I learned that post trip depression is not unusual. It took a solid month to feel adjusted back to "normal" life in Silicon Valley.
My trip made me realize just how beneficial it is to have a direct connection with the natural world. It gives me a feeling of harmony within myself, with the people around me, and with nature. It teaches me that everything is connected and that our individual actions have a big impact.
I am continuing to explore the natural world. On the last day of 2000, my girlfriend and I went backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore, California. We were fortunate to spot a bobcat on the cliffs above the coast and had the opportunity to observe it for about half an hour. The dark spots on its coat are an identifying feature of this large cat.
I hope that this website inspires you to explore the wonders of nature yourself, and to share the experience with family and friends.
Thank you for coming along for the ride!
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