After cycling across the country, I have been asked countless times,”What’s next?” My New Year’s resolution is to be more organized. In order to accomplish that, I have divided my time into categories: work, micro adventures, short adventures, long adventures, and macro adventures.
I ran out of money on the bike trip and had to cut it short, so work is a big one. The question is, what job will allow for the most amount of travel time and be something I would enjoy doing?
As for the adventures, micro is simply weekend trips. I would like to start doing more spontaneous trips. If you have ever seen Yes Man, that is what I mean. To me, a short trip would be for one or two weeks, a long trip would be a couple of months, and a macro trip 6 months or longer.
I still want to Sail around the world. That hasn’t changed, but I recognize that it will take a lot of prep to do that. In the meantime, I have another plan. After meeting all of the thru-hikers in Wyoming last year and hearing their stories, I want to give it a try. The Triple Crown is a “badge” or goal that many of them have. The Triple Crown is completing the three major hiking trails in the U.S.: Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT), and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Each of these trails takes 6+ months to complete, so I would consider them macro adventures. They are not something that I can just go do without prep and financial stability. However, there are many shorter thru-hikes 100-300 miles long that I can do, short adventures. Two of which are in Arkansas, Ozark Highlands Trail and Ouachita Trail.
I will attempt the Ozark Highlands Trail this spring (tomorrow, as I write this), and the Ouachita Trail in the fall. I have not completely given up on cycling. This summer I would like to complete riding the trans-contintental U.S. by leaving from Arkansas and riding to Main, long adventure.
The Ozark Highlands Trail reaches from Lake Fort Smith State Park to Woolum Recreation Area, 165 miles. I will try to keep a daily log and also post some videos of the hike.