Jedidiah Jenkins has spent the last year riding his bike from North America to South, and everywhere he goes people ask him why. If you’re adventure-oriented, perhaps the most obvious response is “why aren’t you doing it, too?” But Jed is more thoughtful (and probably more polite) than that, and all the time in the saddle, and all the similar questions, have prompted him to give this a lot of thought.

What he says to them is this: “The routine is the enemy of time. It makes it fly by. When you’re a kid, everything is astonishing. Everything is new. And so your brain is awake and turned on…”

He goes on to say a lot more, much of inspiring, but you’ll have to watch the video for that.

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