Almost two decades ago, my girlfriend said something like this to me:
There is a bicycle ride across Iowa called RAGBRAI! Let’s do it!
At this point, I thought that my future wife was insane. Riding past cornfields and hog farms for 500 miles in the heat of July? No thanks.
However, I went along for the trip anyway and it turns out that biking across Iowa is a lot of fun. We just got back from our 8th RAGBRAI.
Better With Friends
On this RAGBRAI, we rode with a group of folks from the FIRE community. I had met one of the couples in Greece at Chautauqua. Also along for the ride were the Waffles, Big Ox Little Bird, Craig Curelop and other friends. We also ran into Amanda and Alan from Why We Money.
Adventures are always more fun when you have good people along for the ride and RAGBRAI was no different. But first, there is the part about riding bikes:
And camping in random fields:
And loads of food:
And rural America:
And even dinosaur themed beer:
And beer consumption in places the world has never seen:
But when you have friends around, you get to witness “world-class” diving:
And ride on farm equipment:
And most of all, just hang out:
As I plan out the next stages of my life, most of my projects involve collaborating with fun people. I’m working on a mindfulness phone app with a friend. I’m thinking about starting a brewery with other friends. Craig and I will be launching a podcast soon.
I’m working on all of these projects with people that I enjoy spending time with. One of these hustles may even make money, but even if none do, I know that I’ll have a great time along the journey.
Life is more fun when you get to share it with good people.
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