When I began La Ruta Maya, I totally underestimated the magnitude of this personal challenge. This turned out to be a bitch of a personal assignment.
The total climbing for the trip was 130,116 feet. The total distance for the trip was 2650 km.
It was a phenominally challenging yet, self-satisfying journey knowing my body could accomplish the task. Thanks for your donations to the journey and supporting Barb's work. Tell your friends to send more.
~JJ Hilsinger, from his journals on youbetican.com
Volcano seen from JJ's hotel on Day 23. Believe it or not, the climbs in Guatemala have been the most intense of the Ruta Maya. JJ only has 4 more days to go...read his latest journals at www.youbetican.com
JJ's Journal: "The ups were so extreme I had to walk many of them, the downs were so extreme you had to carefully manage your brakes for danger of spinning out on the loose gravel adjacent to the main track or by over shooting the hairpin turns at points where your velocity was the greatest...I could hardly hang on."
JJ has climbed 21,000 vertical mountain feet in his quest to reach the Maya temple of Lamanai by December 21st and to raise funds for Barb's Kibera kids. He's pedalled though rainforest in driving downpours, crossed raging rivers, and covered 400 km. of the 2300 km. ride. He's stayed in some exceptional and wholly eco-sustainable ranches that have opened his eye to green alternatives, many that could make lives easier for people in countries like Africa. See www.selvanegra.com. Don't forget that if you don't want to donate to Barb's kids online, you can drop a donation off at reception at Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites or at either Northern Credit Union location. Follow JJ's Doomsday journal at www.youbetican.com
So far JJ has burned up almost 20,000 feet of elevation through the mountains of Costa Rica and Nicaragua"¦that leaves 110,000 vertical feet before he reaches his destination on December 21st at the Maya temple of Lumanai, Belize. "Elevation for Education" as Barb Harrison refers to his journey to raise funds for her community projects in Kenya.
Read JJ's Journal at www.youbetican.com.
You can donate here or drop off at Reception, Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites, or at the McNabb St. and 2nd Line locations, Northern Credit Union.
Barb Harrison's kindergarten class: graduation picture, TAPA school, Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Barb's community projects help support the school, and set up local businesses to create employment, with profits going to support the kids' education. Barb sold African crafts at the Station Mall Craft Sale last Thursday and brought in almost $1000. She leaves all her belongings behind in Nairobi when she leaves after her month's visit, so she has room to bring back 100 pounds of local products to sell. You can donate to Barb's projects here, or at Reception, Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites, or at the 2nd Line and McNabb St. locations of Northern Credit Union.
Help support Barb Harrison`s work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2009 Barb, untrusting of large charities, headed solo to the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, with $10,000 of her own savings, to see how she could "give back". Within 2 days she was working with a TAPA (Transform a Person Africa) school, on projects to make the school and the community around it self-sustainable. She also became involved with an orphanage, raising funds to build a greenhouse and chicken farm to support the children. She is dedicated to the community and dreams of building a boarding school (she has already purchased the land). If you don't already know Barb, read her story at www.youbetican.com. This is Barb's pledge to you: "100 percent of money raised for my Kenyan projects is directed to the cause. I use my own money for all my personal travel and expenses. I keep a documented record:I can provide this to anyone interested."
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