On May 29th 2017, I made my way to Central Park in NYC, on a bicycle laden with my worldly possessions. It was there that I met up with a group of 30 strangers, who would join me on a 3 month cycling journey. Together we would ride the width of the United States, all the way to Seattle doing good deeds along the way.
What a mental and physical challenge it would prove to be, but I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing experience.
Good Deeds on Bikes.
A big thank you to Rob Greenfield and Cheryl Davies for their hard work organising the "Green Riders" and to all of the hosts who helped us along the way, and the people I met who all added to my experience.
Rob has inspired me over the last few years to live a more minimal, sustainable lifestyle. So to be able to join the Green Ridersgroup bringing awareness to these things, learning much more and challenge myself to ride every single mile across a continent was a great experience I'll never forget.
As Rob summed it up.. "None of us will be able to change the whole world, but together in small groups and communities we can truly change the world around us."
Measuring the Journey in Numbers.
Distance Cycled: 6,200 kms (3,800miles)
Green Riders that took part: 48 people
Green Riders that rode from NYC to Seattle: 9
Mountain ranges crossed: 3
States crossed: 11
Rubbish picked up: 20,000 pieces
Food rescued from dumpsters: 5,000 pounds (2,200kg)
Gardens planted along the way: 90 fruit trees and 1,000s of wildflower and vegetable seeds
Run-ins with the police and border patrol: 1
Flat tyres: 4
Longest distance ridden in one day: 211km
Coldest temperature: 6 degrees Celcius
Hottest temperature: 37 degrees Celcius
Highest point: visiting Glacier National Park, Montana
Lowest point: battling head winds across the plains, Montana
Learn more about Rob Greenfield & the Green Riders
Watch a short clip about our journey
Planning your own Bike Tour? Here's what to pack.
Enjoy my favourite highlights from the trip below...
Photo Credits: Harley Rossell, Adam Fenton, Gray Harrison