In this episode of the Bikepack Adventures podcast, I had the chance to connect with Jerry Kopack. It’s quite interesting, because he had recently been on a couple other podcasts, but I felt that there was so much I still wanted to learn about him, and figured there is no better time than the present. When Jerry first reached out, I thought he just wanted to promote his book, but surprisingly, we didn’t talk too much about his book and instead spent our time talking about his journey from working for corporate America, to founding a hospice, to taking off on a 2-month bikepacking trip in Africa, which led to the journey lasting nearly 2 years. With a continual question propelling him forward, Jerry only ever tried to answer the question “Am I using my time well?” In the aftermath of his adventures, Jerry has taken on a role with Warmshowers on the Board of Governors and also as “the finance dude” as a means of giving back to the community that helped change his life. You might also recognize his voice from Bike Life, the Warmshowers podcast, as he has taken on some of the duties to lighten the load of the other host.
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