On May 15th I left my home in Connecticut to bike across the states to San Diego. 17 days later, I’m sitting on over 1,000 miles pedaled in Dayton, OH.

Over that time a lot has changed. I’ve watched my body grow both physically and mentally, my surroundings have shifted daily, and my goals for this trip have adapted as I keep moving.

Every day I’m learning new things about myself and the world around me. Each night I write down the most influential lesson of that day, and here they are for your eyes.

I figured it’d be a bit selfish if I kept this all to myself.


Day 1: Goals are important. Without them, how can you efficiently accomplish anything?

Day 2: It’s okay (even good) to think about things that upset you. It’s not okay to make excuses about why they happened.

Day 3: A conversation is a conversation no matter who it’s with. You’ll always learn something new.

Day 4: A plan can change the outcome of your day and your life.

Day 5: Thinking too much forces you to make impossible decisions.

Day 6: People want to help others for the most part. That one jerk is an outlier.

Day 7: Rest Day

Day 8: You’re going to have rough days, but it’s up to you to get yourself through them.

Day 9: Do things the way that makes you happy, even if it’s not the typical route.

Day 10: It’s okay to be scared. In fact, it forces you to make better decisions.

Day 11: The first 20 minutes of your day may be the toughest. But if that’s the case, then you’re life is pretty darn good.

Day 12: Never take simple things like food and shelter for granted.

Day 13: Rest Day

Day 14: Tomorrow is always a fresh start.

Day 15: The simplest things can change your goals in life, you just need to keep your eyes open.

Day 16: Just because something is easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it to the best of your ability.

Day 17: You can accomplish great things, but you need to be willing to put in the sweat.

But the thing I am constantly reminded of is how much I value my life and what I can do with it.



Hi! I'm Phil - a copywriter from Connecticut who likes to see and write about the world. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Jennifer bogannam Reply

    So enjoying your journey it’s as if we were riding in your back pocket! Keep up the good work, be safe and enjoy the process of time. Love and prayers with you always, the Bogannams💕

  2. Meghan Brennan Chiota Reply

    Incredible, Phil. We should all read them and remind ourselves of them daily.

  3. Mary Anne Greeley Reply

    Love what you are learning…all life lessons. Look forward each day to hear where you have been and what you have experienced. Continued good luck on your journey.

  4. This is my favorite post so far but I have enjoyed them all!

    Keep pedaling, keep writing and keep safe!!!

  5. Think about you often. Praying for safe travels… Your words of wisdom are heart felt.. Keep on Pedaling.. the vonB’s

  6. Phil,
    I look forward to reading your post every day!! You are so inspiring. I had a rather unpleasant task to do today and thought about putting it off…then reminded myself of your every day…so, I just did it. The journey begins with the first step. I successfully accomplished my task and now I am once again following your journey. Be safe and thank you!! Linda

  7. My favourite post by far. There are some really inspiring messages here that we could all learn from! Well done again Phil.

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