On March 3rd, 2010 I arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina and ended my journey to the southernmost city in the world.

On July 25th, I left for Prudhoe Bay on the north shore of Alaska to begin a solo bicycle journey 15,000 miles south along the Pan-American Highway to Tierra Del Fuego, the bottom of South America. I traveled through the vast Alaskan wilderness, into Canada and crossed into the forests of northern Washington. From there I followed the coast down, all the way through the deserts of southern Baja, where I took a ferry to the mainland. I continued to follow the coast south through the rainforests of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Then came South America: Colombia, Ecuador, the endless deserts of Peru, Northern Chile and then finally Argentina. I will ended in Ushuaia and the bottom of the Americas.

This ride is a reminder of what can be accomplished through perseverance and a little hard work. It’s a reminder of what we as people are capable of, of what the human mind, body and spirit can achieve. I hope that I can help people realize that while it may take time, and it may be harsh and lonely at times, we can make our lives how we dream them to be. I do not want to be guilty of owning a life devoid of any living. Comfort and convenience are not synonymous with happiness!

For some reason I am under the impression that I will find both myself and God somewhere along this road. Maybe I won’t find either, but I must look! I want to allow the light of introspection a pure and undiluted chance to examine my soul. I have found greater value in thoughts born in solitude than those that spring from the fray of ordinary life. I hope this trip will be the beginning to a life full of experience, beauty and understanding. I don’t ever want to forget the way the world felt when I was a child: magical and huge, full of possibility and hope. I won’t let go of that. I am an artist at heart, and this, I hope, will be my first great work.

I am riding to raise awareness for 'Acirfa,’ a non-profit organization which provides quality bikes to the people of Zambia, giving them the means to help themselves, rather than depend on charity. A bicycle changes the life of a Zambian in ways that are difficult for Americans to imagine, allowing doctors to see more patients, parents to make a living and teachers to get to school.

To clear the air and clear your head, ride a bike once a week!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Passing time

I have been listening to podscasts since Canada and have developed
great affection for some. They help pass the time and I find I am able
not only to stay current and informed in terms of happenings world
wide, but I am also learning a lot about literature, science and
astronomy. Here are some of my favorites, check them out and let me
know what you think!

ASTRONOMY CAST- This has become like a comfort food for me. There are
a ton of them and they are very interesting, espeecially since I spend
so much time beneath the stars.
PRI: SELECTED SHORTS- Amazing short stories. Great literature.
THE ECONOMIST- Always interesting.
CAR TALK- Always funny. These guys are just classic.
NEWS POD- all three are great.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE- not to be missed
60 MINUTES- 'tell me a story' very entertaining.
FRESH AIR: Makes time fly.
NPR SCIENCE FRIDAYS and NPR ON SCIENCE- Also very entertaining.
THE MOTH- True stories told live, some of which are priceless.

Anyone want to recommend anything else, send me an email!