Day 23 – My Friend Steve

Some people come into our lives for a reason…

Those of you who have been following my journey through this blog have already heard about Steve, my mentor, and, by now, you know how fundamentally important he has been for my journey. He not only inspired me, but also made it possible for me to undertake this adventure.

1 – He was the one who broke ground, by going on a solo bike ride through the mountains of Colorado in August of 2011. When he came back he showed pictures, told stories, and allowed me to read his journal. He inspired me.

2 – He was the one who invited me to watch The Way, a movie I knew nothing about, but that was the tipping point for me; after watching it I decided that I would not wait any longer, and that it was time to start doing the things that I want to do before I die.

3 – He was the one who generously lent me all the equipment for the journey: bicycle, panniers, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress…

4 – He was the one who patiently acted as my coach and instructor. He taught me the ins and outs of bike riding and bike touring. He was the one who suggested the Pacific Coast bike route, gave me maps and books to read.

5 – Finally, he is the one whose daughter is getting married in Lake Tahoe tomorrow, and the reason why I scheduled the end of my bike trip to coincide with the wedding.

Steve was an integral element of this entire adventure.


This morning, I met Steve in Incline Village, where the wedding will take place.


Steve is an avid cyclist and runner. Everyday he is either cycling or running. Other days, he does both in the same day.

We were happy to see each other.

The disciple was happy to see the master.

The master was happy to see the disciple.

The disciple approached the master with a heart full of gratitude.

The master was proud with the disciple’s accomplishment.

The Monster and the Mentor of Monsters

Some people come into our lives for a reason…