About Us

Who we are:
Rina Binder-Macleod and Kristofer Thompson
What we are doing:
Biking across the USA, from Delaware to California.
Why we are doing it:
1. Fun!
2. To learn about bicycle friendly communities then bring what we learn back to UD to become "bicycle ambassadors" and promote bicycle use.
3. Fun?
Last summer we worked in Guatemala for 3 months as volunteer trekking guides for an amazing organization called "Quetzaltrekkers. "
The money we raised from the hikes funded 85% of the operating budget for a school EDELAC, or Escuela de la Calle, for 220 children.
If that wasn't enough, we also provided 100% of the funding for the orphanage "The Hogar Abierto (Open Home)" for 17 kids!
We love these kids to death, so we are dedicating our bike trip to them
Me (Rina) and Wilson on the trek to Lago Atitlan
The girls hanging out after dinner at the Quetzaltrekker's Office
We would be so grateful if you could support us in our effort to "Bike for the Kids", to provide support for the kids
of the "Open Home",
The Hogar Abierto.
To Donate: (this is a semi-complicated process because it is difficult to send money out of the country even to a 501(c)3 non-profit so QT uses Omprakash to help facilitate the donation process)
You can make a tax-free donation through Omprakash.
Please select Quetzaltrekkers from the drop down menu to earmark your donation (very important).
In addition, we will be tracking the money raised through our bike trip. If you choose to donate, please e-mail bikeforthekids@gmail.com with your name and the amount donated so we can track our progress for the kids!
Thank you for your support!
Kris and Rina

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vesuvius to Lexington VA

We camped behind Gertie's store in Vesuvius,VA. They boast the best BBQ and everything was great! It was so nice to get some rest after the hard climbs on the Blue Ridge Parkway! To read more about Gertie's go to http://www.flyingcompass.com/Virginia/Vesuvius/a-16.html  This is for you Melinda Sawin.


  1. The scenary looks beutiful. Hope all is going well. Love ya, Dad

  2. Was this you??

    Indecent Exposures Reported Along Popular Va. Bike Paths

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    By Nancy Norman
    updated 12 minutes ago

    Five indecent exposures along popular bike paths in Alexandria have detectives trying to determine if there is one perpetrator.

    All five victims were walking on the bike paths along Eisenhower Avenue, Holmes Run Parkway and Holmes Run Park.

    The first time was March 16, around 5 p.m. A woman was walking along the bike path in the 4000 block of Eisenhower Avenue. A man called out to her and when she turned and looked, he exposed himself at the edge of the woods. She called police, but the suspect ran away.
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    The next incident was about a month later on the same bike path about a block away. Then three more indecent exposures: one on the Holmes Run Parkway bike path and two on the Holmes Run Park path in the area of Duke Street.

    The modus operandi of the perpetrator is eerily similar. He gets the woman’s attention and then exposes himself. Detectives are tying to determine if the same man is involved in all five cases.

    Police described a culprit as being between 20 and 30 years of age with reddish or light brown hair.

    Another unrelated incident occurred Saturday night. A woman reported seeing two males riding nude around 11 pm on the path.

    Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigators section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-838-4711 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703-838-4858.