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How to Bike America, the Psychology Needed for any Large Undertaking

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How to Bike America, the Psychology Needed for any Large Undertaking

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Jan 19, 2011


If the undertaking you have before you is a large one, this book is for you! It will help to expand the size of your thinking and establish you in the place where all big accomplishment first occurs, the mind. Reading this book or just select chapters from it will vicariously build for you the mindset needed to pedal long distances on a bike...

Jan 19, 2011

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I am Martin Krieg, a business school graduate of Cal State Hayward and former accountant. I have crossed the country twice on a bicycle after first rehabilitating myself from paralysis, clinical death and a seven-week coma as a result of a car wreck.In 1979, I rode across America on a standard upright bicycle. On my second trip across America in 1986 I rode a recumbent bike and organized media events, public speaking and fund raising for the National Head Injury Foundation. That ride reached 40 million people amongst my newspaper, public speaking and TV and radio appearances. Upon its completion, to spread the word for the interconnected network of safely bikeable roads and paths I envision called the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG - it became a nonprofit in 1993), from 1987 to 1994, I published 60,000 Cycle America Regional Directories in four different parts of California.In 1994, WRS Publishing published the book about the experiences described above. Building the National Bicycle Greenway into the story line, I had written and rewritten it for 14 years. Called "Awake Again, All the Way back from Head Injury", it gives credibility to my vision and opens lots of doors for me.Once “Awake Again” became an attractive hardback book, complete with pictures, I alternated between traveling the country to promote it and learning the excitement of the all new World Wide Web. During this time, I built the first web sites for well over a hundred small and large bike companies. In 1997, from Santa Cruz, CA, I began a campaign to send hundreds of cyclists to Washington, DC, all of which ended with a widely known bike celebration called Cycle America 2000. We brought that excitement back to the West Coast with two large cross-country relay rides both of which ended in the Surf City with huge festivals attended by thousands of people. During this time, I also personally inspired, coached and consulted on over a dozen other successful transcontinental bikes rides.From Palo Alto, CA, we kept producing our annual National Mayors' Rides and in 2003, we began the Mountain Movers Podcast series. In addition, I also finished “How to Bike America”, kept working on a business plan for the NBG, and poured hours of research and writing into what amounts to the sequel to "Awake Again' called “How America can Bike and Grow Rich, The National Bicycle Greenway in Action” (HBGR).I took the 2007 Mayors' Ride season off to devise a fully interactive Google mapping system that ran like a game while building community to let users calculate, request, plan, utilize, store, display and vote on bike routes. I did this all toward the end of showing how, in our increasingly crowded world, the internet can now make the bicycle the superior way to move one's self about. My internet service provider, which was based in India, however, scrambled all of our files and lost hundreds of maps people had input to our system.Refusing to surrender to adversity, in the summer of 2009, in an attempt to call attention to the NBG, in what became a test run because of all the horrific weather (the deserts were water logged), I rode the Eagle HiWheel ( the only one like it in active use in the world, from San Francisco to Salt Lake City. In 2010, my Mayors' Ride/Author Tour on the amazing Eagle was put on hold by a car that ruined my bike when it turned left in front of us.At which point I moved to Ireland, married my wife Virginia, had Baby Cayo, finished HBGR and studied Europe's top Greenway system, the Great Western Greenway (GWG). The GWG was made possible by a joint partnership between the National Tourist Bureau and 14 other public and private stakeholders as led by the Irish National Road Authority.Forced out of the mapping game when Google started mapping bike routes, in merging their bike travelways with the work of our NBG Scouts, in 2014 we put our full-featured coast-to-coast map on the main page at In the summer of 2015, I returned to America, sans Cayo and Virginia, for our CA Mayors' Rides and landed in what used to be America's top bike city, Davis, CA. After a year of learning the local lay of the land in this small city of 65,000 people (when you don't include its 30,000 students), we determined to make Davis the new home of the National Bicycle Greenway. Toward that end, in early 2016, we began working to create our first Davis NBG Fest. A worthy success, it was held on October 22.In the build up to our event, Sinead Santich, made me one of the stars in her excellent UC Davis sponsored video about the two-wheel way of life there - Davis, CA, I also worked to celebrate the 20 cities that serve as waypoints to anchor our route from San Francisco to Washington, DC at Some of this work included Virtual Tours that show cyclists where to ride, eat, shop, recreate and sightsee. Here, for example, from the massive Harrahs Casino and Resort, is what we did for Reno, NV - .The most recent news feature about myself and the NBG appeared in a beautiful 2 minute video that Sacramento based ABC-10 got on to the air waves on Nov 3, 2016 per this link October of 2017, I landed in Indianapolis, a city with the bike friendliest downtown in America. You can see why this was an easy decision to make here - Feb 11, 2019 my new book "How Indianapolis Built America and How it will Rebuild it with the National Bicycle Greenway" publishes. You can see ii here: is not how many times you get knocked down that countbut how times you get back up.George Armstrong CusterTHX 4 all of U!!

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How to Bike America, the Psychology Needed for any Large Undertaking - Martin Krieg

How to Bike America

How to Bike America

Published by Smashwords

Copyright 2014 Martin Krieg

In Memorium

Skot Paschal

A man whose humor, creativity and quick

intellect inspired countless of his students and enriched

our Mayors' Rides far beyond what we could imagine possible.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Why TransAm

3 TransAm Mindset

4 What I Ate

5 Deprivation Training

6 The Great Pannier -Trailer Debate

7 Recumbent or Upright?

8 Training Overview (With Fall program and word on safety and tailpipe emissions)

9 Winter Training

10 The Performance Box

(Using it to commit, achieve, and break free from your ties)

11 TransAm Road Food: How, What, Where, When

12 The Psychology of Now

13 Summer Training

14 How to Break Free from the Ties that Bind, Part One

Meditation, Visualization, Writing a Proposal for your Employer

15 How to Break Free from the Ties that Bind, Part Two

Magnetism, the Philosophy of 2nd Hand and the War Chest you will Need

16 Still Undecided?


The Gear you will Need

The Attitude you will Need



You have volunteered yourself for a transformation of a most indelible nature. To TransAm on a bicycle separates you from the crowd. It's an achievement that will be with you every day of your life and will be the benchmark by which you judge the ease or difficulty of any project which presents itself to you.

Soon, you will speak a different language and inwardly walk a different walk as those TransAm vets amongst us know that the sky is literally the limit!!

Why TransAM?

As you begin to talk about your proposed TransAmerica bicycle ride, the reactions you can expect will range from supportive to discouraging. And if you can't seem to explain why you want to cycle from one coast to the other, some well meaning people will even try to solve that riddle for you. If you agree with the ones who try to convince you that you want to ride a bike across the United States simply 'because it's there', you will have shrunk both in your eyes and theirs. Unless you want to minimize the importance of such an accomplishment while assigning absolutely no value to how you allot the time, energy and other resources that will be required in order to make your all consuming trek happen, I suggest you don't acquiesce to such words..........................

It is important, then, to know, even if only for yourself, why you feel so drawn to make such a ride a part of your life experience. And since over the last 32 years since my first TransAm I am still getting answers to that question as the dividends continue to accrue, I will prepare you for that query as well as show you what to look for once you are finally enroute.

Probably the single most important benefit one can derive from a completed coast-to-coast bike ride is the tremendous sense of accomplishment you will have derived from it. You will be able to look at a map of the United States and know that you used only your own two legs to cross it. No task will seem too big because you will know that, just like your successful TransAm, which was not one big leap frog from one point to another but a daily progression of advances, that any seemingly grand success is no more than a collection of small sometimes hardly noticeable steps that march you toward your goal.

When you realize that crossing the US is no more than making it to the next town or park on your map on a day in day out basis, you will see that any grand achievement is no more than somewhat small accomplishments held together by a common thread; the Goal, the Dream, the Vision, the Unifying Purpose. And as you kept your goal in mind, amidst all of the setbacks you can be sure to expect (our purpose here, of course, is to minimize them first in thought and then in deed), you will have learned a lot about the dynamics of success -- of being able to overcome the bad, even making it work for you at times, in reaching your ultimate desired outcome .

Knowing all this, you will then have a base upon which you can readily build other large accomplishments. The awareness that the hardest part of any noteworthy achievement is in just thinking about it will become your own inner mantra. You will know to break any large undertaking down into it's smaller component pieces, bite sized chunks that you can handle, so you can just begin. And in this way, as we say in the chapter entitled TransAm Mindset, you will really KNOW what the shoe manufacturer, Nike, means when it says Just do it!.

In getting to this awareness, you will have gotten to know yourself pretty well. Within the miles and miles of the solitude of the prairies and desert and forested back roads that will lay ahead of you, a best friend will emerge. Yourself! And as you learn your limits together, you will learn that the way to conquer fear (the opposite of love) is to do what you are afraid of; to expose it with the tremendous light of the love and respect you will have acquired for your very own you.

Your journey will teach you a lot about people and yourself as you relate to the inhabitants of the lands along the way. Here, a tremendous opportunity will exist for you to take any of your exchanges with such natives out into the quiet of the open road where you can then see your part in their success or failure. And as you do, you will see how it is really you and not anyone else or anywhere else that makes you happy or sad in all of your dealings in the bigger game of life.

Taken a step further, you will learn that strangers are no more than friends you just haven't yet met as it becomes easier and easier for you to open up to new people. Soon, you will discover that you can influence the outcome of your exchanges with not only those that you've not before known but all people, whether on the road or off.

If yours is a life in the city, you will greet the proliferation of mirrors that at first astound you upon your return not as blandishments for the ego but as tools to remind you to keep shifting your gaze inwards. You will stop looking to others for approval, joy or support as you realize that it all begins and ends first with you.

And wherever it is that you end up, having then internalized the sayings, After we leave school, the people we meet become our textbooks and, Every person met, makes you that much richer, you will welcome both familiar and unfamiliar faces as never before. You will find yourself less willing to take anyone for granted. Your newfound desire to overcome the fear of the unknown will find you reaching out to others with a far higher degree of frequency.

Time will then show you how it was the victories or the losses with the people along your route, that will help you remember or forget the various areas you will have passed through; that give them any charge. For example, when I am asked what my favorite state was, I don't think about flora and fauna but automatically begin to think about how the people of any such territory helped me to enjoy their lands. My mind shifts into an analysis of that region's shopkeepers, the people I met in its stores, those who played in its parks and how the drivers of its roads treated me.

You will learn a lot about resourcefulness and the value of recycling those things that had at one time seemed expendable. Finding that that rubber band you saved can be used to hold your tent stakes together will be cause for celebration. When that zip tie from your last loaf of bread effectively then silences a rattling bike part out in the middle of a prairie, you will know you are on your way to assigning a different value to how you view garbage and junk. Heck, you may even find yourself, as did I, with a new appreciation for yard sales and flea markets once your ride is completed.

You will learn appreciation for little things. Whenever in transit, you will celebrate a good tailwind and understand the importance of cool days mixed in with those that are hot . A good road surface for your riding efforts, no matter where they may be, as well as a wide shoulder will show you why we need the National Bicycle Greenway and cause you to bubble up with joy as never before. You will welcome the occasional downpour and see how it is a needed component in the bigger picture of things.

Upon your return, no longer will the ringing telephone be seen as an annoyance but as the miracle it really is. You will marvel at the phenomenon of the postal delivery system whenever letters with your name on them appear at your doorstep. And after all of the lukewarm bottles of water you will have hydrated yourself with as well as the detours your trips for food will have taken you on, you will appreciate a refrigerator filled with your favorite food and beverage in a way you had not before known.

Water will take on new meaning for you. No longer will you take it for granted either. You will see how it gives birth to life and the green parts of America that were so soothing to your eyes. You will savor a cool glass of the stuff as you find yourself in even greater awe of the modern miracle of refrigeration.

You will find yourself looking for essence instead of style and form. In other words, you will become more real as a new importance will be assigned to how well the tools you will use to get through life get the job done instead of how they may look to others. When you learn that only one extra clean change of clothes is all you need to happily cross this great land of ours, you will see the folly of maintaining a big wardrobe. Quickly, you will find that others accept and love you for who you are whether or not your clothes are ironed or designer labeled, your hair is freshly barbered, or if the bike you ride and the gear that outfit it don't keep pace with the latest such items found in the bike shops or on magazine pages.

Not always having to be on the move will become a welcome relief for you. A home base with a familiar toilet, shower and readily accessible toiletries such as that bar of soap, tube of toothpaste and bottle of shampoo that you don't have to rummage for will make for a most grateful heart . A comfortable easy chair will almost seem like an extravagant indulgence while switches for lights and plugs for other conveniences will remind you how easy your life away from the road really is.

Your ride will also have brought you closer to nature. The smell of rain, and prairies and deserts and forests will remind you what your real roots are. The sound of crickets at night will remind you that life is so much more than machines and deadlines and what the media is or isn't saying.

With regard to the media, you will have successfully extricated yourself from its hold on you. You will have proven to yourself that America really is filled with beautiful people who want the best for you and not the isolated troubled ones that the television and newspapers march through our frontrooms on a daily basis. Your ride will have shown you how much more peaceful you are when not being continually bombarded with the problems of the world. There is a high probability that you will come away with an understanding of the fact that a happy you is the most important gift you can give to this planet and that you don't need the media to continually rain on that parade.

In minimizing the distraction that keeps you from knowing your own thoughts, you will also learn how it is the very thoughts you think on a daily basis that shape and form your experience of life. In 1979, for example, I wanted to prove how tough I was, how much adversity I could withstand in crossing the US on a bicycle. And that is exactly how my ride showed up. I had innumerable flats

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