Saturday, June 5, 2010

Let's get the ball rolling.

Author's note: This entry will be mostly boring, run-of-the-mill, "this is how I got here" stuff. If you already know who I am, what I'm doing with TT, or you just plain think I'm a bore, I suggest you stop reading now and save yourself the next 5 minutes of your life. Skip to the next post. Or, if there isn't one yet, take a few minutes to create a fun new game involving objects you find around your room. It could be the next big thing. Hell, Pogs actually got popular for a hot minute there. I'm sure you can come up with SOMETHING better than that.

Kudos to you if you are still reading. I appreciate your resolve.

A bit about what I'm doing: I just started a new career as a guide with Trek Travel. I get to guide luxury cycling tours around the country (and the World if I’m lucky). I made this blog to document my journey in this new, exciting vocation. I'm hoping that the amazing, fun, and interesting things I get to do and see in the coming months will translate well to text, and you (the reader... duh) might catch a quick glimpse into how much friggin' fun we have at Trek Travel. I'll do my best to post pictures, stories, anecdotes, soapbox rants, trip details, and anything else that I can possibly get down on paper.

I'm currently in the Houston airport waiting for my flight to Portland, Oregon. I'll be doing my first trip on the Oregon coast with super-pro veteran guide Rebecca and all-star new guide Elizabeth. I am excited, nervous, and terrified all at the same time. Even though we spent a week in Wisconsin training for this, I still feel like there are a million and one things that I don't know yet (and that I NEED to master within the coming two weeks). It's cool, though. Rebecca's training Liz and me and I take great comfort knowing that she'll be there to guide the way. We're spending the next week getting ready for the trip, and then next Sunday the fun begins.

Oh crap my flight's boarding. More later...

Okay, Im on the plane now. After a lengthy and frustrating struggle to locate and utilize the power outlet, I’ve decided I should at least turn the computer back on so I can wrap up this introductory post. In case you were wondering (you WERE wondering, weren’t you?) about whether my power outlet ordeal turned out well… it didn’t. I’ve come to the conclusion that I won’t be able to plug in my laptop without making the young lady sitting next to me more than a little bit uncomfortable.

So yeah, I get to spend the next few weeks in a part of the country that I really, really like. I’ve actually only been out there once, for my brother Scott’s wedding, but what I saw I really liked. The weather, scenery, topography, beer,.. all fantastic. Hopefully this visit helps to reinforce my ideas of what the Pacific Northwest is like and doesn’t leave me (and our guests) disappointed. We shall see.

After Oregon I’m heading to San Francisco for a week an a half to do a short Cali wine country tour. I’ve never been to SF, and I get a few days out there to kick around and explore. Exciting! Then I head to Montana and Canada to do a tour in Glacier National Park. Then I head to the San Juan Islands (the ones off the coast of Washington State, not Puerto Rico. Yeah, I was confused for a sec there too…) for a tour. That will end my scheduled tours (so far), and everything culminates with me driving the van and bikes from WA to Yellowstone. Pretty cool, eh?

So stay tuned for updates. I hope they’ll be more interesting than this one, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. Onward to the West Coast!!!

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