Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Townspeople

February 20, 2014

A 6,800-mile lesson in life

Cyclist's soul-searching adventure takes him coast to coast

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“You hear so much on the news, how corrupt people are. ... I did this bike trip, thought I’d have knives put up to me, crazy things. But I didn’t have any bad experiences,” he said. “I met so many people along the way that helped me out, gave me stuff along the way. Everything fell into place.”

In the end, the bus trip from San Francisco to Texas still bothers him, almost like it invalidates the rest of the journey. He intends to some day return to the south to complete that leg and make the trip whole.

Despite that one minor regret, he said he learned something valuable about life — the power of a simple smile.

“I had days where I put a frown on my face and would curse and have a negative attitude, and nothing good would happen from there. It just got worse,” he said. “I’d take a deep breath, realize tomorrow is a new day.

“If you keep a positive attitude, a smile on your face and be good to others, good will come back.”

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