Bunyan Velo Story on Vimeo / by Lucas Winzenburg

Earlier this summer I was drinking my morning coffee on a bike camping trip in Afton State Park when I received an email inviting me to speak at a fall conference in New York City called The Future of Travel. It had a preliminary speaker list that included the CEO of Lonely Planet and the President of Vimeo, among many other impressive speakers. I had no idea how in the world I ended up on the list of invited speakers and in all honesty the idea was somewhat overwhelming. I decided the best thing to do would be to file it away mentally and go back to enjoying coffee and breakfast with friends on that beautiful morning in the park.

I didn’t do anything about the email for a week or two, until I told my lovely girlfriend Theresa about the invitation and she pushed me to accept and offered to come support me in New York.

I accepted, and last month I told the story of Bunyan Velo for the first time. It just so happened to be on stage in front of hundreds of people at The Times Center. You can view the entire 10-minute talk below.

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