We’re headed into week three and of course there’s been more beautiful scenery. It’s been unending uphill climbs headed into the Rocky Mountain Range through Idaho to Montana. But you want to know the real meat of it. So, here’s some frank answers to some of the most pressing questions we’ve received, asked by Apiary Fund team member Rob Baker:
How much weight are you losing?
None! Crazy right? How can you bike across an entire timezone and not lose weight? So, obviously the biking isn’t going to change, so it’s time to change the nutrition: cut back on the waffle syrup, soda, and chocolate milk, and go for more fruit throughout the day.
The candid gopro catches all
How are the kids holding up?
Tricia’s been taking the kids to see a new waterfall or landmark every day. Bridger’s energy was building, so in order to save his mother’s sanity, we found the next Percy Jackson book he hadn’t read yet. At one point, Elias said genuinely “Mom, I just want a toy.” He’s been driving different miniature vehicles over people since. As we said earlier, though, these kids are no strangers to road trips and they’ve been helping and playing the whole way. Today, we also lose Shawn’s oldest, Cassidy, to college. We’ll see her in Iowa as we pass in another month.
What’s going on with the bus?
At this point, we’re just moving on without it. It was great looking and a fun idea, but the mechanic just wasn’t returning our calls and we’ve got to keep to our schedule if we have any hope of biking all the way to the Traders’ Summit in Boston in time. It’s been replaced by an E-350 van and a trailer that Shawn and Colton spent the day modifying with a cabinet, air conditioning, solar lighting, lockers, and shelves.
How has trading been going?
We’re alpha-testing a new software for currencies, designed by one of our riders, Colton. It’s called Alveo, and he continues to work on it in the evenings after the days’ rides. Shawn noticed discrepancies between the quote and fill prices he was getting so Colton is working on fixing that. It is a software in progress, after all. In order to stay on track with the concept of trading to support the family and the trip, Shawn switched and traded futures. One thing many people just getting started with trading may not realize is that once you learn how to trade one market, most of the same strategies and tactics are directly applicable to others. A head and shoulders pattern in the EUR/USD means the same thing as a head and shoulders pattern in Google stock or oil prices. So Shawn has been applying his same breakout pattern and pivot strategies to futures trading on a Level 2 Apiary Fund account to support his family and pay for the extra hotel rooms in the bus’ absence. Most days he makes between $200-300, and some days he’s lost around $150. Before the trip started, he traded currencies in that account to save up a few thousand, just in case something crazy happened… like the bus breaking down.
Trading in the hotel lobby
Can somebody do more updating?
Yep. We’ve just assigned each person a day of the week to write a blog update:
Tricia has been keeping receipts and tracking expenses while Shawn has been tracking his trading profits and losses. We plan to compile all of this into a page of statistics.
We’re building the plane as we fly it. It turns out we’re pretty tuckered out after riding bikes for the majority of the day before eating and sleeping to do it again the next day. Mike has been recording along the way, so you’ll see videos come up with a little lag as they take time to edit.
So, here we are starting week 3 by crossing into Montana. More uphill. Always uphill. Wish us luck!
Colton, Cassidy, Aspen, Darrell, Bruce, and Shawn ride past