Just wondering if anyone here is into doing stuff like 'Vision Quest'?
The term is taken from that of American Indians. It's also the title of a movie
About four times a year I plan some physical event, and combine that with fasting and dieting and sleep deprivation. These 'mini- VQs' can really be
One thing I'll do is take my bike out in the country, pick a route that I think is just over my head (i.e. I'm not sure I can complete it).
Now, being that I'm a sensible person, I also plan for some 'support', and get a friend to follow with their car in case I run into real
One really fun event I did in 2004, was to be driven out to the beginning of a woodland trail a number of miles from home, and dropped off on foot. It
was up to me to make it back home. That was a fun event, in that I ran out of water about five miles from home, and after three very dry miles, had to
go into a VFW lodge to get a drink. I'm sure those guys thought I was nuts, but they were really nice.
Another event I did was to get up at 3:30 AM and get geared up for a very early bike ride on a nearby rivertrail. I rode 30+ miles (which was about
twice as far as I'd done in training). Trails are harder than roads, due to the sand and mud and poor traction, and you usually are riding a heavier
bike with knobby tires. The funny thing there is on the last lap I slipped and fell into the mud. Well I got mud from head to toe on one half of my
But I didn't realize it. When I walked into the house, half mud-man, half biker dude, I scared everyone to death. Of course I'm standing there
going: "what. What?"
One of the most fun events was to go pair up with a buddy at the beach and ride an event where the organizers opened up a long stretch of highway for
only cyclists. We had to get up at 4:30 to get there by 6:45 and start the ride early. We rode about 19 miles with a couple of monster hills and a
30mph wind in the face. It was so windy that you almost came to a stop riding downhill!
It can really be fun, especially if you plan your diet, lose weight and get in shape, then get it all together for a big push.
Someday, I hope to pull it together and do the Erie Canal ride in mid-state New York. It's 8 days of riding 50 miles/day for a total of 400 miles in
Just wondering if anyone else did anything like this or maybe beginning Adventure racing or Orienteering. I've done lots more, but this post is
getting long. (sorry about that).
[edit on 18-9-2007 by Badge01]