Leah Day and her teenage son Oakley pushed the reset button on their lives and biked across the country in search of themselves. SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Sometimes uprooting your life, taking time off, and starting fresh are essential to finding yourself and thriving.
Leah Day, 53, and her son Oakley Bradenday, 18, of Peaks Island did just that.
In 2019, the mother-son duo pressed the pause button on their lives and flew out to Oregon to bike across the country.
The trip lasted from August to October, during which the two biked the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia.
Day decided to go on the trip to help her son, who at the time needed guidance in learning to understand himself and the world around him.
"He was struggling in high school … and it just wasn’t working being in traditional mainstream school," Day told NEWS CENTER Maine. "So, I took that moment, and I was like ‘You know what? My value [is] being outdoors, my value is taking care of my family, and I love this guy.’"
From that realization, Day took her son out of school and biked across the country with him."It was an incredibly important turning point in our lives," Day added.Braden-Day wasn’t the only one who rediscovered themselves on the trip. Day did, too.Before the bike trip, Day was an acceptance and commitment social worker, having helped people accept what they were feeling while staying committed to their values.When the two returned from the trip, Day decided […]