When_I_decided to hop on my bicycle after high school, I knew that I wasn’t alone. My best friend, Joe Burgum, also chose what is unconventional and created an experience. He lived and worked in Australia, traveled to New Zealand, and made a difference. Now, I am glad to say that his experience has led him here to Patagonia (with warm socks, snacks, and lots of peanut butter), where he will join us for the final leg of our journey.
Joe and I share a lot. We enjoy playing croquet and cards, organizing and leading events, taking risks, and serving. We did everything together in high school. We rallied a community to Fill the Dome, volunteered across the United States with Students Today Leaders Forever, constructed an ice tree for our school, and so much more. He’s well-spoken, intellectual, courageous, and witty. He has been someone I have missed dearly on this trip, and someone I am now ecstatic to share it with. It brings a smile to my face to know that I will be among both brothers and best friend as I ride to the end of the world on Tierra del Fuego.