It All Started With A Dream

Quite literally, this crazy, seemingly impossible journey started a couple of weeks ago after waking from one of my short naps, with a very clear picture of what I needed to do.

Since the day of that dream, I’ve put a lot of thought into what needs to happen, and it has gone from a ride across the country, to what can potentially be a charitable, record-breaking journey, that will surely test every ounce of my being.

The idea was to get on my bike, and start riding. I was thinking along the lines of Forrest Gump, but then I started really thinking about my hair brained idea. I figured if I was going to do this, I should do it big, after all, most of my life has been lived this way. So a dream started to become an idea, and that idea started to grow inside of my head like a tree. It’s so firmly rooted in my head now, that there’s nothing that could chop it down.

Here are the basics:

• Ride. Very far. Roughly 11,000 miles.
• Raise money for the PKD foundation.
• Educate people about Polycystic Kidney Disease.
• See the United States the best way I know how – by bicycle!

This is no small feat. I’ve never attempted a ride like this before, and all the training I’ve done, and all the training I’m going to do, will never prepare me for what lies ahead of me.

Through this blog, my Twitter and my Instagram you’ll be able to follow every step of my dream, from inception, to planning, to fruition.

I hope you enjoy my journey as much as I do.

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I’ll see you on the road!

Chris Hangsleben

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