Archive for the ‘Trip Preparation’ Category

Announcing Ride for Climate USA

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Ride for Climate followers,

   Hello from La Paz, Bolivia! It has been over a year of travel now, and I am excited to write you to officially announce the next phase of Ride for Climate.

   Announcing Ride for Climate USA, a bicycle loop around the U.S. to encourage action on global warming. Visit the website and see for yourself!

Ride for Climate USA route

   I will be doing this trip with Bill Bradlee. Bill has worked in the non-profit sector fighting global warming for the past decade, and is helping to organize this ride. We will start our trip April 21st in Boston, and bicycle west to Seattle and then follow the coast south. If we get funding we will return east following a southern route. See our route. (This route is flexible and may change somewhat.)

   Please share this new website with friends and family, and especially people who are close to our route. We hope to give many presentations at both schools and community centers (which will include photos and videos of my current trip) and we want to encourage people from all over the country to take action on global warming.

   I am personally very excited for this trip – having traveled Latin America, I know that the entire world must take action against global warming and that developing countries will not take the issue seriously unless those of us in the United States take the lead. I beleive that Bill and I (and those of you who help us) can make a difference and convince people along this route to take action.

   I will send out my travel update in two more days, complete with the usual photos and stories, so stay tuned and enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend!

   In Bolivia, on mile 11,140 on the way to Patagonia,


Yes, I am going to bike Colombia

Friday, May 19th, 2006

   I have decided to bike Colombia, or at least the stretch from Cartagena to Bogota. If you know of schools along this route that would be interested in a presentation, let me know!

Should I bike Colombia?

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

   As I get closer, I am considering biking Colombia. I have received completely contradictory advice as to whether or not I would be safe biking the country, and I am trying to collect as much information as I can. If you have any advice, information, or contacts, let me know or leave a comment!

The Trip Begins!

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

   It is time! I am biking out my door in the next hour and a half. I cannot believe it is now time to ride.

   The week before departure–before leaving for 14 months–is filled with challenges. From getting the gear together to saying final goodbyes.

   In two days I will be in Monterey. In two weeks Los Angeles.

   Out the door!

Mike’s Bikes of Palo Alto – A Sponsorship

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

   Mike’s Bikes of Palo Alto has agreed to sponsor this ride by providing major discounts on their gear and building me a discounted rear wheel.

Mike's Bikes
Mike's Bikes

    I have found that the strength of a rear wheel is perhaps the most important component on a touring bike. Many times I have seen spokes break while riding (for instance, this time), and it is probably my least favorite part of bike touring. A wheel’s strength largely depends on the skill of the person building it, not necessarily its components. For instance, I built a rear wheel once, and, well, let’s just say I had to carry lots of extra spokes when riding.
   I have heard very good things about the wheel builder at Mike’s Bikes (the store used to be named ‘Wheelsmith’), and I’m excited to have them build the wheel for this trip.