Well it is exactly two weeks before we leave for our trip, so I guess its time I start to get to know you guys and tell you a little about myself. First off my name is Keagan Banks, I am a 22 year old Entrepreneur who graduated from the beautiful University of California Santa Cruz where I pursued a degree in surfing and exploring the outdoors...
Well that is pretty much true, but my diploma says, "degree in Business Management Economics".
After graduating from college, walking away from the first company I helped start, and beginning to freak out about what I am going to do for the rest of my life, my dad sat me down and looked me in the eye and said, "You need to get out of here." Immediately my mind went to work, going through the infinite possibilities that I could do to satisfy those words "get out of here". After a few days of back and forth deliberation I had my mind made up. I wanted to do something that was different. Something a million other recent college graduates had not done. And so I decided I wanted to go surf and explore the Atlantic Coast of Europe. And to do so under my own man power on my bicycle. (This will be my first time in Europe!)
After deciding on the trip, the first thing I did was call up Salty Spokes Crew Member Ryan Baker, my best friend, and told him he didn't have a choice, he was coming with me before I even told him what and where the trip was. Without hesitation he said he was in.
So here we are. Two weeks before the trip. Prepping our gear and checking off the final things left on our packing list. The nerves have definitely set in, but they are overcome by the sheer excitement for all of the pedaling and paddling that is to come.