Doing ultra-endurance events often puts my mind and body in the ultimate state of flow and allows me to be completely focused on just that one step ahead. During Run4Water across Maine in 2020 – running 138-miles nonstop across the state in 33 hours – mile 50 had me pondering whether there could have been a better, more fun way to see the state than by legs alone.
Ride4Water across Maine is just that chance to both pick up the pace by cycling and slow down the pace by stopping and discover the beauty by cycling along the long rocky Atlantic Coast. Ride4Water is a ride I’m embarking 360-miles across the state of Maine covering about 60 miles every day from West Quoddy Head Light near the Canadian border to Kittery, Maine just across the river from the New Hampshire state line. Even more fun — my adventure pal + church friend Hannah is joining the adventure!
HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS I AM EXCITED TO EXPLORE AND SHARE THIS JOURNEY WITH YOU!
🌞 Being the first to see the sunrise. Starting at the nation’s most easternmost point means that the sunshine first hits the mainland over Lubec, Maine, the start of Ride4Water. 🍇 Riding past the wild blueberry capital of the world and, hopefully, fueling up on some of the best berries. 🌊 Passing through Acadia National Park and experiencing the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores at Thunder Hole!
Cycling past Old Orchard Beach, Portland Head Light, Kennebunkport, and beaches like Pompham beach are all areas I cannot wait to explore and share with you.
But, most of all — water. The “why” behind what I do. Adventures can last a day or a week but the impact can last a lifetime. Funds raised will go towards funding a clean water project in Uganda on behalf of H2O for Life. Donations are encouraged and accepted here: give water here. There are too many people on the planet we share without clean water, and we can change that, my fellow water warriors!
As always, I hope you know you can do big things even if you don’t believe you can. You can do big things despite having fears, worries, or doubts. You can even do big things even if you don’t “feel like” it all the time. All you have to do? Show up and start.
-Submitted by Katie Spotz