It's been almost four months since I ended my bicycle trip from Conshohocken, PA, to San Francisco, CA. The trip had a profound impact on me by making me realize that we Americans have more in common than we are different. And it's not just Americans, it's people of all kinds. It affirmed my dad's advice that 99.9% of the people in this world are good. He first told me that in 2003, right before I embarked on a solo bus trip around the US. This time it was no different.

I first had the idea of turning my blog posts into a book not long after I started my trip. When the trip ended I was feeling a bit down. How can I not after coming back from a great adventure? So I took some time to rest, applied to some web development positions, and stayed at my parents' house in Pittsburgh for about a month and half.

Now time has flashed to the beginning of November. Midterm election is tomorrow, which is an important event. So is every election, I suppose. But November is also NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. My goal is to edit all my posts on this blog by the end of this month and produce a book called Saints and Summits by this holiday season. It will most likely be self-published on unless I find some other means. It feels good to publicly announce this so that I'm hold accountable. I will post my revision progress on this blog as well until the book is published.

So without further ado, let the revisions begin!


  1. Hiatt, This is your riding partner rom our two weeks together in May. I am so happy to read this most recent post. I am looking forward to seeing your book and revisiting your and our experiences together. I, too, find my bike trip to be a life-enriching experience. I frequently retrieve events from my ride. Of course, my time riding with you is definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I am still amazed at our experiences with the learning, frustrations, and joys. Your blog comments about meeting people is very true for me also. I have done a modest amount of biking since my trip. I am also thinking about my next adventure in the coming year. I would like to do a shorter trip or two over just a couple of weeks at a time. I really did enjoy the state of being in excellent shape and capable of riding 50 - 60/70 miles a day.

    I hope your are doing well at this end-of-2018 season. I look forward to reading your book.


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