Riding for Hope and Healing
Hello and Welcome to the home for my cross country, 5,000 mile ride to help victims of human trafficking!
This September, 2013, I will be attempting to ride from the California coast to the waters of the Atlantic in New York. I’ll be trying to accomplish this in just 45 days (an average of 111 miles a day) with special pre-arranged speaking engagements scheduled along the way. I will not be staying in hotels, but rather camping each night. I’ll be riding along some of the most widely used human trafficking routes of today, as well as riding along the old “Underground Railroad” route from the gulf coast of Alabama to the Great Lakes of Ohio.
Oh…and I’ll be making the pedal-powered journey on a hand-made bamboo bicycle. Imported from Brazil. If you’re shaking your head, then you most likely read all of that accurately. Believe me, I find myself shaking my head at the idea almost daily!
One of the most asked questions I get when I tell people what I’ll be doing is, “WHY?!?”
Well, when I was in India on a photo/video assignment with Nick Vujicic and the crew of ‘Life Without Limbs,’ I came to understand firsthand the horrors of human trafficking. Very simply, my focus changed. I wanted to help. Two things were going against me, though, those being that I am not famous and I am not wealthy, so I can’t leverage my fame and wealth. But, I did an assessment of what I DID have going for me: I’m still in good shape, I am not married (translated: no family responsibilities like kids, a wife, and supporting them adequately, etc.) and maybe best of all, I’m a little crazy. Well…maybe a lot crazy.
There are three goals for this trip:
1) To help raise funds and awareness for the issue of human trafficking
2) To help others understand how they can help, right now
3) To survive in approximately one piece
The issue of human trafficking has become more talked about lately, and is an issue that I believe we, as a society, have an obligation to become knowledgeable about and be involved in. In 2011, I hiked 2,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail for the same cause. I want to continue to raise awareness of this cause by doing things that most people don’t normally do, and make it fun and easy for others to help and be involved with.
So please help me reach my goals. If you would like to donate, I have made it very easy to do so, and any amount is gladly welcomed. To follow along on my blog that will have all of the updates from the road, as well as photos and video of the trip as they happen each day, CLICK HERE. To become more knowledgeable about the issue of human trafficking, please CLICK HERE.
And please, tell a friend, coworker, family member, your grocery store clerk, mechanic, biking or outdoors enthusiast, or pizza delivery person about this ride, so they can follow along as well!
PLEASE also spread the word and follow along! Here’s how:
- Tell everyone you know!
- Check out my CrowdRise page!
- Check out my GoFundMe page!
- Subscribe to my YouTube channel
- Like my Facebook page
- Follow along on Twitter
- Share a link to my website on Facebook
I invite you to browse through the rest of the website, and consider donating. Any amount will help, and 100% of every penny goes straight to the organizations I am riding for. It’s my hope that together, we can enjoy this journey as well as make a real difference in the lives of those that have been victims of human trafficking. Let’s make slavery obsolete. Let’s make a difference, together!