I suppose it all depends on your perspective, but I gotta say I think my perspective is right.
Here’s a rundown of good luck/bad luck incidents as evidence.
- Bike shop broke my derailleur hanger
- Tire completely destroyed itself on day 1 and 2
- Not all of my tire repairs worked as well as I wanted
- Lost my sewing needle in the woods
- Motel in Elkwood was above a music venue
- New pedals develop annoying squeak after, oh, 200 miles
- Saddle looses a rivet
- Saddle rail breaks
- Saddle sags a lot
- Left my gloves and knee warmers in a cabin
- Lost a replacement glove on the rail trail
- Big tumble on the rail trail
- Lost my wallet in Sweet Lake
- Lost my phone at high Country L odge
- Got my wallet back through the amazing kindness of about 10 people
- Invited to dinner and a cabin bed in Swan Lake
- Invited to dinner and a luxury cabin stay in Holland Lake
- Ralph K. Stumbled across me when I was out of options for tire repair and gave me a needle and thread
- Christian F. gave me.a ride to Elkwood
- I arrived at the High Country Lodge without even knowing it.
- Excellent traveling companions for many days
- My family, friends and job supported me in this amazing adventure
- Eric and Jo found me at a convenience store and took me into their home
- My trail repairs basically worked
- Tom gave me his GPS when he scatched so I could continue.
- I’ve seen many, many amazing things
By the numbers I may be behind, but I know for sure I’m the luckiest man alive.