It feels so damn awesome to do a good deed for someone else, right? Is it because you are putting someone else first or is that infectiously warm fuzzy feeling because we feel better about ourselves for helping others? What happens if we put ourselves first? Can a selfish act become selfless one?  

Gravel Worlds 2015 Taken from Road Bike Action Photo by Lisa Janssen

Gravel Worlds 2015
Taken from Road Bike Action Photo by Lisa Janssen

Gravel Worlds is an annual 150 mile-ish gravel race that takes place on the best gravel around Lincoln Nebraska, which was started by the Pirate Cycling League. These local gravel crushers started GW to bring others to their event but ended up adding an epic event to the cycling community which attracts people from allover the world. This event is also where others come out to donate their time and effort. People like Pepe from Pepe’s Bistro who brings his food trailer filled with deliciously made wraps that he graciously donates to each rider. People like Craig “Schmidty” Schmidt and Corey “Cornbread” Godfrey spend the entire year mapping and prepping this event without ever riding in GW but all for others to enjoy.
 

Pepe chilling in his trailer, waiting for the rush!!

Pepe chilling in his trailer, waiting for the rush!!

Andrea Harvin-Kennington job is to travel the US to endless miles teaching metal workshops. By putting herself first, Andrea has willingly shared her vast knowledge of metalsmithing through her teachings, which has also made Andrea a crucial part of the metals community. Through her beliefs about NC Black, her tool company, Andrea has also shown us that a company can focus on manufacturing cost effective quality products in the USA, like NC Black hammers.

Andrea showing me how it's done with yes, a NC Black Hammer. 

Andrea showing me how it's done with yes, a NC Black Hammer. 

Roz Savage had a desire and passion to become an ocean rower, she wasn’t thinking about impacting others, only about following her dream for herself. After her first solo row across the Atlantic she decided to focus her second solo row, across the Pacific, on an issue that was important to her, environmental awareness. Roz’s act of putting herself first has lead to utter inspiration to others, including myself, and brought advocacy to world issues. Roz is now a life coach who helps others to see their life in their own light. 

Roz is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Thanks to her book "Stop Drifting, Start Rowing" I became aware of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which has caused me to rethink my use of products and recycling. 

Roz is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Thanks to her book "Stop Drifting, Start Rowing" I became aware of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which has caused me to rethink my use of products and recycling. 

I gotta be honest, I started this Case of the Nomads road trip with a completely selfish thought in mind. I wanted to ride my bike whenever and wherever I wanted. That was my initial drive. But now, oh man, now it’s so much bigger than that. It’s gone beyond the bike and myself into the world of connecting with people and sharing my experiences with others. 

So maybe with putting ourselves first, without the thought of others, to do what makes ourselves happy we are able to show others how to be happy in return. What are your thoughts?? Do you think through selfishness we can be completely selfless? 

EVENTS

Saturday in Lincoln Nebraska I will be showing my jewels from the road. Join us atTsuru from 1-4pm for all sorts of specials and treats!!

Facebook Event

THANK YOU

I gotta send a big ass shout out to everyone that donated this week. It was a big giving week because of a great Fundraiser in Lincoln! I am blown away by the support. Thank you to Janet, Chuck & Karen, DOC and Christi, Jill & Randy, Adam, Sara, Pam, Carrie, Jody, Jaime, Nic and Lisa.

A big thank you to Charlie and the Cellar for the delicious food, wine and beautiful venue. An even bigger thank you to Angela, Jon and Jeremiah for hosting such a supportive community gathering event! Hellz Yeah!!!

If you'd like to donate, it's easy, click the donate page!! Thank you!

YUMMY

I’ve been getting requests for my Coconut Thai Soup I’ve made while on the road with my Biolite Stove. It’s Gluten Free, Vegan (I would luv to add bacon though!! You can or not) and delicious. Enjoy.

Camp side dinner in Maine

Camp side dinner in Maine

1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
2 large carrots
1 head broccoli
3 mushrooms (porcini is my fav but any will do or 86 them if you aren’t a fan)
1 can coconut milk
1 can water (fill coconut tin with water or about 1 ½ cups)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons GF Soy Sauce
4 dashes of hot sauce or to preferred hotness!!
Salt & Pepper to taste

Chop onion, garlic and carrots. Set aside. Dice broccoli and mushrooms. Set aside. In soup pan add olive oil, onion, garlic and carrots. Sauté til garlic is golden, onion is translucent and carrots are tender or til you think everything is ready to rock. Add the broc and mushrooms. Sauté a bit more til the broc looks like the hulk, bout 2-4 minutes. Add coconut milk, water, soy sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir and top with the lid. If you don’t have a lid then just simmer uncovered for bout 30 minutes. If you can’t wait that long then simmer til you feel the flavor is spot on or until you can’t wait any longer. You can jazz your soup up with adding more vegtables, thai chilies (add when you sauté onion/garlic/carrots), squeeze of lime juice with fresh cilantro or my fav, a side of Udi’s gluten free bread with butter!!!
 

Dirty Gourmet talks about using coconut powder as a substitute for canned coconut milk which I haven’t tried but looks pretty rad for lighting your pack. Check out their website for some killer recipes especially for backpacking, biking and camping.

Remember you can vary your recipe, add more soy sauce, less water, add bacon, more hotness, it’s up to you!!
 
Have some camping recipes for me, then send them my way. Oh and I’m not of the glutinous kind but am able to modify. 

Please contact me with questions, comments, stories, hi-fives or just to say hi!! Pass along to any and all. Thanks for reading!!

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