By Adam Roy Kjar, a 10-year-old tween travel blogger who is spending 52 weeks exploring all 50 states (50by52) with his family.
Hi. My name is Adam Roy and I just turned 10 a few weeks ago. Our family went crazy, sold everything, and went out to visit all 50 states. And trust me, with four siblings…let’s just say sometimes it would be a little better alone. So yeah… at first it was awesome. I mean I got to ride a freaking bucking horse and got two doughnuts that day. Shazam!
On our trip, we meet people from all the different states (we call this shadowing). I was the first to shadow someone: JD Case. He was my age at the time and rode bucking horses, so I decided to try it out.
Well, I was really nervous. I had to put on all this special gear. I wore a helmet and a really thick vest, gloves that made it so I could hardly make a fist, and cowboy chaps. When I got it all on, I felt like I was ready for the apocalypse!
JD taught me some important things, like how to sit on the mini bronc and not get hurt. We had to stretch our legs, arms, and muscles to make sure we were fit to do it. When I got up on that mini bronc I thought I might be riding off to my death. But I thought it might be worth it because then I would get two doughnuts, and also I thought it would be cool to try out.
Once I was on the mini bronc they told me they would “lead me out slowly.” But the mini bronc had other plans. As soon as the gate opened it ran as fast as it could, bucking all the way. I held on as long as I could, which was about 3 seconds. To qualify for a tournament you’re supposed to hold on for 6 seconds. I was very happy with 3, and to get off the horse.
When I fell, I had the wind knocked out of me, and I thought I might die because I couldn’t breathe. The cowboy coach helped me get up and told me to take deep breaths. He calmed me down and helped me walk it off.
If you go to the one minute mark on the video, you can see me in action. (And the picture is clearer than my blurry in-action shots!)
I remember feeling like I could do anything after that!
This trip has really stretched me, and I have had so many sweat experiences, like Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls, and, oh yeah… I held the Captain America shield they used in the movie!!!! We have also painted the world’s largest ball of paint. Mostly I’ve enjoyed seeing our country with my family.
Sometimes it’s not that bad to travel with my siblings…sometimes.
About the Author
Adam Roy Kjar is 10 years old and lives with his brother, sister and parents. He is from Utah and enjoys trading Pokemon cards with his friends. For more info on his adventures, go to 50by52.com or search 50by52 on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.