Medical debt paid off by donations from Michigan CUs. Source: Shutterstock

After nearly 25 years working on behalf of credit unions I recently took a break from the professional world. Rather than catching up on my Netflix shows, I hatched a plan to fulfill a long-time dream of mine: Bicycle across the U.S. from San Diego, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla. Three-thousand-plus miles with my trusty steel bike, some clothes and camping gear was the plan for this self-supported journey.

Fast forward some 40 odd days and I completed the ride. There are lots of stories, pictures and memories to share, which invigorated my soul and reinforced my faith in humanity, but I’d like to focus on a key part of the journey that had nothing to do with pedal strokes, spandex or unexpected sores in unexpected places.

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