The Grateful Ride

$1,765 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 48 months
My name is Leisure McCorkle and I am an anthropologist, a musician, and a bike adventurer. I am riding across the country to spread awareness for cycling advocacy.

During the course of my life I have seen bikes bring people together and transform the world we live in at the local level. Over the last two years I have seen that the "local message" of cycling can unite other places and people.

I do believe there is something about bike riding and touring that connects us with other people and empowers the desire to live and love as free humans, socially engaged in the world and with nature.

This October I plan to embark on an epic bicycling adventure to see the U.S. (on the ground), and meet other people and encourage them to "ride anywhere, and everywhere." 

It makes good sense that while cycling around the country, that I might raise awareness for a cause greater than myself. Half of the money I raise will go to supporting the trip (campsites, food, gear, maps, and sundries) and the other half will be donated to charities I believe in that have a personal connection.  I plan to give to different amazing organizations along different phases of the cross country adventure I call - The Grateful Ride.

Along the trip, I plan to engage individuals and communities, and learn more about their biking cultures, and help support riding in these locations by bringing a small part of what our community in Charlotte has to offer and also learn.

On my return to Charlotte in 2016, I plan to host a cultural event and share my experiences with the Charlotte community.  I am hopeful that this will encourage more people to travel to Charlotte to ride here with us, but also will encourage more individuals and groups from Charlotte to travel to other communities to ride and connect. 

Cycling is a passion for me, and I know for many others. I hope to become a better citizen, and more knowledgeable about how cycling can make our world a better place .

My motto is of course for this trip: "Where we are going, we don't need bicycle lanes." I hope my adventure will show this motto as "truth," and that anything is possible. 

I thank you for your support. My blog can be found at:
http://www.velography.org
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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to update everyone on my progress for a relaunch. I have healed up for the most part from my accident on TGR 1.0. I am currently seeing a specialist for an unrelated thyroid/autoimmune issue but other than radically changing my diet it shouldn't be too much of an issue moving forward. My original plan was to head out West on the "Southern Tier" to escape the cold winter. It has been unseasonably warm and thanks to the Farmer's Almanac that was the plan. I have missed that window now because the desert in NM and AZ will be too hot by the time I would be rolling through. So, I am now looking to a new plan heading out of DC to Pittsburgh up towards the Northern Tier for the spring and summer. The DC to Pitt route is 300+ miles of old railway and canal path that is considered by many one of the greatest cycle paths in the country. I am not going to try and overplan this time. I will concentrate on the DC/Pitt section and go from there. Stay tuned for a relaunch date, I want to thank all of you for supporting me and helping me get out there and ride and spread the awesomeness.
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I thought I would update everyone. I am doing better (a lot better than last week). I am able to move around and drive now, but I am unable to ride a bike thus far. Most of the soreness seems to radiate around my ribs and lower abs. It feels like it is healing, so I am feeling more positive and upbeat than I was. I have been talking with several people about my next move on TGR. I have had a lot of creative feedback for a "relaunch 2.0." I am confident that I will be able to put something even better together to get back out there as soon as possible. Thanks everyone for the awesome support and encouragement on and off the bike. I worked on Maximus today for a little bit. I think he is ok. The Sea to Summit dry bag on the left side is toast, as well as the left side wide loader. "It happens." Go Panthers!
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Just wanted to update everyone. I was involved in an accident on the bike between Reidsville and Odum GA caused by an altercation with unleashed dogs. I am banged up quite a bit, but I think I will be ok with rest and recovery. The bike had a few minor issues that are fixed or can be fixed. I am extremely sore and have arrived back into Charlotte, NC to heal up and plan my next move as part of The Grateful Ride. I will try to sort out logistical issues whilst I am in Charlotte to hopefully relaunch TGR as soon as I am able. I want all of you know how important you are to my epic adventure, and your support has been overwealming. On Sunday, when I left Reidsville I felt stronger and better than ever, I have encountered unleashed dogs pretty much everyday, but each time you come into contact it is a different experience and result. I was not bitten, I will update everyone as soon as I sort out my next move in the next week or two. Thank you for your support and your patience. Cheers, Maximus and Leisure
May the road ride with you
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Maximus and I arrived in Reidsville this evening for #OptOutside Friday. Awesome day of riding, fending off the country dogs with my Jedi mind shizzle. About 6 1/2 in the saddle. At a very nice campsite. It was so beautiful today. I can't believe the weather. May actually camp out all day tomorrow and listen to some football. We have rout of issues over the next few days trying to figure out where to camp from Reidsville to Nahunta. I met another cross country tourer that is giving me some strategies for "stealth" camping. He he!
Team Slone and The Grateful Ride
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Raised by 31 people in 48 months
Created August 20, 2015
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JG
$50
Jay Guettler
43 months ago

Pass it around! "BIKES MAY USE FULL LANE" Heal quickly and get back on that horse...umm, bike!

SD
$100
Svend Deal
45 months ago

Happy Birthday Pinche!

AL
$30
Allie Lee
45 months ago
EB
$200
Eric Bolenbaugh
45 months ago

Live the dream my friend.

JB
$10
Joseph Bulbulia
45 months ago

Go Lee!

GP
$200
Go Panthers!!
45 months ago
KW
$50
kathryn witt
45 months ago

Good for you sir!! Have a great ride! You Rock!

JC
$50
Jim Chiperfield
45 months ago
$50
Adrian Holbrook
46 months ago

All the best with you ride and creating cycling awareness. Be safe!!

BT
$100
Brad Thomas
46 months ago

God Speed little doodle! (quote from Ned Flanders from The Simpsons show)

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