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

A Toast for Rina and Kris on their Cross Country Trip

A limerick by Mom and Dad

There was once a girl named Rina
Who decided to follow her dream-a
To Guatemala she went
She followed her bent
To speak Spanish and eat Quesadilla

She worked with a company of trekkers
Who took tourists and made them backpackers
Up mountains they hiked
With vistas they liked
Among them were no complainers

However one day on a trip
The whole group let it rip
They had had quite enough
They really were not so tough
Back to town on a bus they would slip

This left the co-leaders alone
Abandoned without even a phone
So what did they do?
This couple of two?
They took off in a canoe

As luck would have it that day
The co-leader was not named Ray
But a tall lanky lad
Whom we are quite glad
Is Kris who is with us today

So now, they’ve hatched a new plan
To go across this great land
But how would they pay?
Wait I have a way!
Rina cried with a pen in her hand

The Plastino award I will write
I know the wording must be just right
The competition is keen
And the funding is lean
But I am sure my idea is quite bright

A wondrous plan she did submit
And her application for funding was picked
There were great cheers
And even a few tears
Because now her dream was legit

So why are we here today?
It is to give each of us a chance to say
Bon-Voyage, Hasta Luego or cheers
To drink a couple of beers
And give Rina and Kris a hooray

So take our advice and good cheer
That we so willingly put in your ear
And please keep in touch
Because we love you so much
And worry when not a twitter we hear

As usual we will end with a toast
You know how much we like to boast
So raise your glasses up high
As we wish you a heartfelt good-bye
As you head to the stunning west coast