The Grateful Ride
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.
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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.