What is Adventure Monkey?
Without feeding the Adventure Monkey inside, we get restless, bored or depressed with life. We have an innate need for adventure that the work-to-couch lifestyle is not fulfilling. Be happy and Feed Your Monkey!Eric Benjamin
Adventure Monkey is run by Eric Benjamin, a professional photographer that fell in love with cycling. He shoots fine art landscapes, commercial portraits, adventures and BIKES! This site is a place to share that love of photography with you.
I ride bikes. I take pictures. You will find details on my cycling adventures including training, diet, bicycle information and reviews on bicycle components, especially anything to do with gravel grinding and bikepacking. I wrote the cycling guide to help newbies ease into this great sport and understand cyclespeak.
This site is dedicated to motivate you to Feed Your Monkey! Your story can help others take that step towards changing their lives and health by seeing that they can do it – whatever it is you do to Feed Your Monkey! Feel free to email me your story!
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I sell archival prints. Click on the “Prints” button on the main menu above. Eric is also a freelance photographer and writer for hire. Want me to review your product? email me here.
He did financially well but living behind a desk kept his Adventure Monkey starved. He blew the dust off his 20-year-old bike and went for a ride, breaking the work-to-couch lifestyle. Twenty mile rides grew to 30, then 60 then to 90 miles. He wanted to share the beauty of the Flint Hills of Kansas. On a long, endorphin-filled bike ride the idea of Adventure Monkey was born.
The next day he worked on a logo and the rest is history. This website soon created real friendships with others interested in cycling and photography. His life was shifting.
He finished the Dirty Kanza in 2010 and went on his first bikepacking tour later that year. He was hooked. Bikepacking unlocked something within him he never knew was there – his love for adventure.
There is an Adventure Monkey in each of us that needs to be fed or we get restless, bored, even depressed with life. Our bodies are designed to move and have an innate need for adventure. Many Adventure Monkeys are starving. Their owners have become accustomed to sitting at desks under fluorescent sunshine then ending the day watching TV on their couches. Eric realized he loved cycling so much because it was his way to escape, find adventure and it made him feel good!
As he was training for the Stagecoach 400, something felt out of sorts. Eric faced his hardest physical battle as he had to undergo open-heart surgery to repair his mitral valve. Ten weeks off the bike was a tough recovery, but soon he was back on the bike finishing the inaugural Land Run 100. But once again life shifted.
His marriage of 20 years ended and Eric found himself at a crossroad. He didn’t have a career that he enjoyed or was even a little passionate about. His journey of self discovery continued. After much resistance, he knew he would have to go back to school. He had a dream of becoming a PA back in 1995 and he never followed through. Life has a way of making us take unexpected journeys. Going back to school isn’t easy with a house payment and the bills of life, so he made some extreme decisions.
Eric sold just about all his belongings including his house and moved into an RV. Now to make things work he is living with family and finishing up prerequisite courses for PA school. He has applied to schools and he is hoping to be in a PA program in 2017. This is why the site has slowed down. Constant studying and working at the hospital as a phlebotomist takes most of his time these days. Cycling adventures are far and few between. Eric hopes to graduate in 2019 and the adventures can begin again, although he hopes to find time for adventure during school!
Going back to school has been his hardest adventure yet. This story is still unfolding…
You may have noticed the posts have shifted to riding in a new area. Eric was accepted into a PA program at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada! out of 1600 applicants he became one of the 60 that will start classes in July of 2017. In 28 months he will become a full-fledged PA, adding medical skills to his bikepacking repertoire.
Now the challenge will be juggling a very difficult class schedule with family and the necessary adventure to feed his Adventure Monkey!