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Starting off a new season!

27 April 2010

Walking down the jetway to board my flight to Albuquerque this morning, messenger bag slung over my shoulder, water bottle in hand, it occurred to me once again just how lucky I am. My blue and silver Timbuk2 bag has been all over the US, Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia and New Zealand. It is adorned with a pin from Italy, a mud stain from New Zealand, and a blood stain from Costa Rica. A year ago I was working in a bike shop, rehabbing from a wicked separated shoulder, uncertain if I’d ever be able to go back on the road for Trek Travel. Six months ago I was searching for a new job, thinking that after five years, “living the dream” was about to end.

After five years on the road, I wasn’t super excited about the job anymore. I had a feeling of “been there, done that” about the job. I missed having a place to call my own, a shelf to put my books, a wall to hang my pictures, and a place that felt like home. I started the job search, but I never really quit Trek Travel. No one ever really quits Trek Travel. I did some projects here and there for various companies. I worked from home a bit. I interviewed for a few jobs. As I worked my way through the interview process, was passed on for a couple jobs, offered a couple others, I kept thinking to myself – “This doesn’t sound better than what I’m already doing.” I went to multiple networking and social events in Minneapolis every month, and every time I told someone what I do for a living I got the same response. “That sounds like the best job ever!”

You know what? Every one of those people were right. Working for Trek Travel is the best job ever. Obviously it’s not perfect, nothing is. Even with people, the road can be a lonely place. I miss having a home. It’s hard to have a girlfriend. But at the end of the day, if you have to have a job (and I do, I haven’t hit the Powerball jackpot yet), you couldn’t do much better than guiding for Trek Travel.

Going into the 2010 season, I’m more excited about my job than I’ve been since I boarded a plane bound for Amsterdam to go guide my first ever trip at the Tour de France in 2005. I spent last week in Madison. We started with Return Guide Training, polishing my guide instinct, learning some new and ways to do things, and seeing a lot of the great friends I’ve made over the years working for Trek Travel. Then we brought in a new group of guides for training, and I’m super excited to get a chance to work with a few of them! I’m stoked for the excitement and new ideas they’ll bring to the table. I’ve got a great schedule, starting with trips to Zion National Park and the Tour of California, both trips I’ve guided before and love, and there are guests on both trips that I know and am excited to see. After those trips I’ll get a quick trip home to Minneapolis to see some friends and take my family to a Twins game before getting back on a plane bound for Europe for the Tour de France.

It’s going to be a fun year. I’m glad to be back to living the dream.

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