biking the globe 4 better education
Hello! My name is B’yauling Toni, I am 17 years old. This summer I will attempt to ride my bicycle around the world to raise money for the Outdoor School Program. I will be traveling solo unsupported and if all goes to plan I will break the world record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. The current title holder Tom Davies was 19 years old when he completed his world record. My trip will follow the official circumnavigation guidelines which are as follows: cycle at least 30,000 km, travel in relatively the same direction, pass through a set of antipodal points on the earth, and finish where you started. My route will cover roughly 31,000 km by bike and pass through 16 different countries. The set of antipodal points I hope to pass through are Madrid, Spain and Wellington, New Zealand. I will embark on my journey on July first, 2018 from Saskatoon traveling east and I hope to maintain a distance of 160 km a day and complete the journey in 6-8 months. I will end my trip back in Saskatoon and ride through winter conditions in the last 1500 km. Below is a very rough map of my route and distance already covered ￼(updated as of nov 27) Why am I doing it? I have two main reasons behind my trip, one is to raise money for the Outdoor School Program and the other is to feed my love for cycling. Outdoor School is a program that gives kids an opportunity to adventure across Saskatchewan and learn in an engaging hands-on environment. Students take trips canoeing, camping, backpacking, skiing, cycling, climbing and more, as well as cover the formal education curriculums of geography, earth and environmental sciences, and English. I was fortunate enough to be in the Outdoor School Program in 2016 and it was a life-changing experience. The skills I learned and my heightened love for the outdoors is part of the reason I am here today attempting to bike around the world. I learned more about myself and the world around me in that semester than I ever have in any institutional education. As the semester progressed I was also blown away as I watched my classmates grow by leaps and bounds. The passion for learning Outdoor School sparked in students left me questioning our formal education system. I believe that this program should be available for anybody, and the Outdoor School Alumni Asociation works to make this possible by helping to cover tuition and supply gear to students in need. I personally was helped by this association. When I entered Outdoor School my family was suffering financial duress. Thankfully because of the Alumni Association I was still able to attend. Donations will help to give more kids the opportunity to be part of the Outdoor School program. Unfortunately, the Saskatoon Public School system does not see the importance of this program and has cut funding in recent years. As a result, the program has shrunk and is only able to run one semester a year. With my campaign, I hope to raise money to help the Outdoor School program continue to flourish and to also raise awareness of the importance of such programs for developing generations of passionate, active, environmentally conscious, and successful individuals. I grew up as the youngest of three children in a family that used cycling as there only means of transportation. My family never owned a car and I have been cycling everywhere from a very young age. My family chose to live this way for both economic and environmental reasons and I am so grateful for the way I was raised. Cycling taught me how to work hard and be independent, and as a grew older cycling became not only a way to get around but a passion. When I was twelve I had my first taste of long-distance cycling. Me, my dad, and brother biked from Saskatoon to Vancouver. I was riding a $100 girls Walmart bike and it took us 22 days to reach our destination. This is an image of us reaching Vancouver:￼￼ It was one of my most memorable childhood experiences and such a rich experience I had to go again. So during the summer of 2016, I biked from Saskatoon to Vancouver again. But this time solo unsupported over 11 days. Here is an image of me halfway there in Revelstoke: ￼￼ After that trip, I fell in love with long-distance cycle touring. I loved the challenge and the crazy experiences. I lean more about myself in a few days of cycling alone in the vast world then I do in years of living at home. I had to go again and In July of 2017, I completed the Great Divide mountain bike route spanning from Banff to Antelope Wells, New Mexico solo and unsupported. I traveled over 4300 km and climbed over 60 000 meters to complete the route in 29 days. Here are a couple images of my adventure:￼￼￼ ￼ Where do donations go? Half of the money will go to the Outdoor School Alumni Association ( http://odsalumni.org/ ) the other half will help pay for the costs of my tour. Here is a break down of some of the costs. Flights: Halifax Canada - Lisbon Portugal $1000 Shanghai China - Perth Australia $1000 Brisbane Australia - Invercargill New Zealand $500 Auckland New Zealand - Vancouver Canada $1500 Bike maintenance costs: Drive chain and cassette life < 10000 km. therefore it will need to be replaced at least 3 times at a cost of $150 =$450 Tires last around 8000 km and cost of $100 a pair for a total of $300 And of course the many many loves of bread and pounds of cheese that will be consumed!+ Read More
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back in Canada, 95% around the world!
The second leg of my journey is complete: 6000 km from Portugal to Estonia. A total of 11000 km in the passed two months. Europe was was amazing but intense and I am a little exhausted. I have a few nice days of rest now as I wait for visas and then it's off to Russia to start the real craziness. I will be uploaded a video on YouTube tomorrow of my adventures in Europe so stay tuned.
After 23 days the first leg of my journey is complete. I have made it 5000km to Halifax NS. After a couple days of rest I will be flying to Portugal to continue my adventure! I just uploaded my 4th video if you want to check it out and get a few more details