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 four ultramarathons. Currently, I'm a high school math teacher in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
This past spring, I competed in a series of ultramarathons known as the Texas Trail Championship. In short, I ran four races, each of them 100 km or longer, and won 1st place in three of them, sometimes against professionally sponsored athletes. In the end, I won by a near-record margin.
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.
This summer, the plan is to ride from Central Texas to Abilene, KS, along the route of the Chisholm Trail cattle drive. From there, I'll head to St. Joseph, MO, and ride the newly-minted Pony Express Bikepacking Route, completing the tour in Sacramento, CA. As of spring 2023, no one has yet completed the Pony Express Route in a continuous ride, and this will be the certainly be the first time these two Western-themed routes have been completed on a single bike tour.
Here's a video of the Western Wildlands Route, a bikepacking tour I did a few summers ago: