These thoughts represent some reflections from a summer road trip from several years ago.  I think there are some relevant connections to organizational and personal change.  

• There are kind helpful people everywhere
• You can get a good night sleep in the backseat of a VW Passat especially when you’re extremely tired
• Some people in New York City will smile back
• There are amazing bike trails everywhere waiting to be discovered
• Even an extrovert can enjoy long stretches of solitude
• Tornadoes aren’t just for Kansas I was in one in up State New York
• Vermont maybe one of the prettiest places I’ve run
• Both the bed and the breakfast at a bed-and-breakfast are awesome (see earlier note about sleeping in my VW)
• The state capital of Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonald’s I think that is awesome!! 
• Seeing and hugging aunts you haven’t seen in 25 years is like hugging a part of your mom. And it’s okay for you both to cry.


• Fellow travelers have amazing stories
• Time can heal all wounds (I helped reconnect relatives who hadn’t spoken in 35 years) 
• I really love biking around Manhattan (and just a note of caution it’s not just the yellow ones that don’t stop…)
• A hot cup of truck-stop coffee at 5 AM can be a godsend (see previous note about sleeping in VW)
• All that glitters is not gold, and not all those who wander are lost – The Hobbit by Tolkien
• When traveling alone my best friends are my running shoes, my backpack, my bike, and my journal
• It can be very peaceful and fulfilling to wake up in the morning with no plans but knowing you are going to find some adventure 
• You can’t drive or run or bike away from your problems because they reside in your head – but driving, running, and biking can give you fresh perspective and renew your spirit 
• You can miss those you love and still like being by yourself
• Setting up your tent is a better way to make it rain than washing your car
• Sleeping in my tent can be amazing (see previous note about VW)
• Sitting on the shore gazing out on the ocean and walking through a mountain forest trail may be the best kinds of church
• Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – Helen Keller