Texas Hill Country
Plano, Texas, United States
Nov 26, 2019
I'm an under-sized, un-athletic guy who likes to run and bike long distances. Despite a history of problems with my heart, kidneys, asthma, and anemia, I've always loved getting outside and moving around. Halfway through college, I took up long-distance running and discovered bike touring.
Since then, I've gone on self-supported bike tours in 16 countries, logged roughly 6,000 km of backpacking, and set course records in six marathons and three ultramarathons. Currently, I'm a high school math teacher in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Every summer, I disappear on another long distance hiking/biking trip. It's a great system, because by the end of the school year, you're thinking, "I need to get the hell outta here." But by the end of the summer, you start to think, "Teaching isn't so bad; there's air conditioning and you get to shower every day." And then your whole life feels like a vacation.
Instead of skipping town for another epic adventure, this summer I'll stay in Texas Hill Country, prepare for the upcoming school year, and train for my first 100-mile footrace. The optimistic goal is to finish in less than 20 hours (which would yield a chance of winning), the reasonable goal is to finish in under 24 hours, and the "I won't be disappointed" goal is to finish before the 36-hour cutoff.
This summer, the plan was to ride the not-yet-published Pony Express bikepacking route. BikepackingRoots, the same guys that published the Wild West Route I rode last summer, are still in the process of gathering data on the route, and I'd volunteered to help scout it for them. But plans have changed because, well, y'know.