download_20170606_221541Trading848 (“eight for eight”) is a about taking a step away from the norm and taking time to dedicate oneself to a passion or project. People often do this by dedicating days, weeks, months or years to traveling, obtaining degrees, starting new businesses, volunteering, etc. In this case, it will be about leaving the daily 9-5 sedentary cubicle lifestyle of nearly ten years and spending 8 hours a day pedaling on a cross country adventure. While the posture will remain somewhat sedentary, a few more calories will be burned, all with slightly better views.

Graham is a New Yorker by the way of Philadelphia. Having grown up in the Northeast, with family down South and friends spread across the country he has traveled to each coast and a few major Midwest cities, but has yet to make a road trip across the States. Having ditched the car when moving to NYC, the road trip is not as feasible. Surfing is impossible (not enough leg strength) and running can be left to Forest Gump.

Rediscovering the joys of cycling in 2012 after purchasing a hybrid commuter bike, Graham has found long rides to be an unbelievable way to see a city, cover decent distances in a short amount of time and get some exercise while doing it. NYC area rides include shooting through China Town, “climbs” over the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, up the Hudson River Path and when there is time, trips over the George Washington.

With only one century ride under the belt, the cross-country trip seemed daunting, but beckoned the soul simultaneously. This was an opportunity to log some serious miles, challenge one’s self physically, lose a grip on reality in periods of solitude and spread a charming personality to all individuals encountered while raising funds and awareness for a great cause. What is there not to be excited about?

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