Biking across the USA, from Delaware to California.
Why we are doing it:
2. To learn about bicycle friendly communities then bring what we learn back to UD to become "bicycle ambassadors" and promote bicycle use.
4. (MOST IMPORTANTLY!)
FOR THE KIDS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org your name and the amount donated so we can track our progress for the kids!
Thank you for your support!
Kris and Rina
Friday, July 30, 2010
Photo from Wednesday the 28th. Taken by a fellow biker, Chip Latshaw, who is also a professional photographer. He's traveling west to east and we are traveling east to west and our routes intersected in Scipio, Utah!
The idea of this trip is to become a “University of Delaware bike ambassador” by biking more than 4000 miles across the United States. Biking is arguably the greenest mode of transportation and one that is sorely underutilized in this country. I will visit various bicycle friendly communities and see what these successful towns are doing to promote bicycle use. My quest is both a personal and a community challenge. I will challenge myself physically and mentally. I will challenge our community to take more positive environmental action by increasing bike usage on campus.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the David A. Plastino Scholars Program. Here is more information: