Check out the bottom of my page for other blogs written by Texas Tech students from my program during this last semester. It's always good to get a different perspective on what happened.
****I'm having a hard time getting pictures uploaded, so for now it will just be text stories. Sorry, but I'll try to get pics up as soon as I can. ****

May 18, 2011

Your Friends Are Gone

And so it begins. Most all of the other Tech kids have gone back to the US, and being in France right now on my way to Italy, I am most certainly all alone. I think I can make the best of it though.

I'm at the beginning of my summer journey as I type this. I'll be in Italy later today, and following the Giro d'Italia around in 2.

My summer trip is going to be awesome. I have a 4000 mile journey planned through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France. That's 4000 miles on the bike, not including the trip to Lisbon for a music festival, and the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Since I don't have my laptop with me (too much space and weight), the updates to the site will be a bit slow in coming, but I'll try to keep everyone informed. In the meantime, I put up a map and a calendar at the top of my site for you to check out where I am at any given point. It might change though, so don't think it is set in stone.

Now, I see two ways to travel: macro travel and micro travel. Macro travel means getting the big picture of your journey and seeing the maybe a lot of places, with not a lot of time at each place. Micro travel is obviously just the opposite, seeing just a few places, but getting to know each one intimately.

I think that everyone who takes a trip struggles with trying to balance both out, seeing as much stuff as possible, but spending as much time as you can at each stop. It was the same with me, but in the interest of getting as many miles as possible in on the bike, I opted for the macro version in my trip.

I know I'll want to stay at some of these places for some time, but I have an overall picture that will look awesome when I'm done. Maybe next time I'll be able to do some micro travel.

Well, it's time to go explore... I have a bus to Milan to catch. Until next time.


  1. FYI, the Map link is not live. Sounds like an amazing journey ahead. All the best to you.

  2. Thanks Cody, I'll check into that.

  3. Cody, the map link is live, at least on the computers that I have checked it on. Since I have so many places saved into it, it takes a moment to load. If you wait just a little longer it should show up for you.