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How a Bike Trip Across New Zealand Helped This Entrepreneur Realize Her Dream A woman took her 2-year-old son on a five-month biking journey and learned valuable lessons to start a company.

By Maggie Schlarb

This story appears in the December 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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I had just left a steady job to launch a career as a health coach. My husband, an ultra runner, was in the Air Force: a good job with good benefits. We had stability and a 2-year-old son, Felix. But like a lot of entrepreneurs, stability wasn't enough. We wanted to create a way to make our lives a permanent adventure.

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So we made a big leap. We quit our jobs, drew on our savings and set out to bike across the South Island of New Zealand for five months, with Felix literally in tow -- in a trailer. Some of our friends thought we were insane. But we had to go.

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