Barefootin’ 4 Sustainability
I’m cycling barefoot on my bamboo bike from Denver to Kansas City.
To raise some dolla dolla bills ya’ll. For sustainability that is! Let’s join together to create a healthier happier planet! I am raising money for 1% for the Planet grass-root organizations that will truly make the world a better place with your mo
05/18 (Day 29)
I woke up and got busy, preparing myself for a morning in Boulder and a 30-mile ride to Denver. I weighed and assessed my trash created since Salt Lake City 11 days back and found that I had created .9 pounds (14.5 ounces). That is less than 1/10th of a pound per day. The waste consisted of receipts, a box, a few pieces of food packaging. Of all that 95% was recyclable. At this point on Day 29 I have created a total of 3.8 pounds of waste and have been able to recycle 95% of it leaving me with just a couple ounces of actual trash to carry across the country.
Boulder, Colorado you have stolen my heart!
05/17 (Day 28)
For lunch I met with Quayle Hodek and Tom J Drzewiecki of Renewable Choice an exquisite company based out of Boulder. Quayle is the founder and runs this business in an extremely impressive manner. Both Quayle and Tom are alumni of The Southwestern Company, as am I, which means the three of us spent our summers during college selling educational books door to door working 80+ hour weeks for 14 weeks straight. Many of the most successful people I know worked for Southwestern as a college student. Renewable Choice Energy provides sustainability consulting services to help their clients measure, understand, and offset their environmental impact. A main priority of theirs is to get large corporations using wind and solar energy rather than energy from fossil fuels. For many companies including Facebook they help them to build solar and wind farms as they expand sometimes on site using the electricity directly and other times off site to offset the energy they use. Both Quayle and Tom impressed the heck out of me and I will undoubtedly be coming back to Boulder to learn more from them. Tom has cycled most of the route from Alaska to Argentina and we spent a good portion of the afternoon telling stories of adventure. Two guys with brilliant minds and big smiles.
05/16 (Day 27)
Minutes after I hit the road snow covered mounds thousands of feet above me presented themselves in a daunting manner. Rather than feeling fear I saw them as a right of passage to my freedom. Simply by pedaling one pedal at a time I would find myself climbing the snow covered mountains and I would reach the epic summit where my freedom would lay before me. From there I knew I would be seeing many miles of downhill and the great plains of the Midwest would open up to me in the near future. My challenges of frigid cold, snow, and mountain passes would be over in just a few more hours of hard pedaling. Freedom was awaiting me. I would shed my long underwear, bulky sleeping bag, and gear that would not serve a purpose on the populated eastern side of the country. Flat lands would yield easy pedaling and they were on my mind. Cities full of welcoming friends and family were in my imagination. The hardest work would be over. I felt nothing but excitement for what was to come and appreciation for the challenge that stood before me.
5/15/2013 (Day 26)
It was a long night with an undesirably minimal amount of sleep. The night was cold and to conserve heat I had to fold myself up into a ball. This position did not give my weary legs a chance to recover and between the cold and aching legs I found myself awake for too much off the night. Alas the morning did come but it was a cloudy cold one. When I awoke at 6:00 I thought about breaking down camp but instead spent a few hours in my tent on my computer. Even with the cold, it as an enjoyable morning in the snowy Rocky Mountains.
“So much inspiration churned inside my body that on the surface shivers erupted and my eyes were on the brink of exploding with tears all throughout the day.”
05/14 (Day 24)
Shivers of inspiration ran through my body from head to toe all throughout the day as I pedaled up and down the green Colorado hills. On multiple occasions tears formed in my eyes, more often as I was flying down hill or jamming out on flat land then when I was climbing the grueling hills. Jack Johnson, Trevor Green, and Xavier Rudd along with educational sustainability podcasts inspired me to keep on pedaling through the intense heat and in turn to keep inspiring others to live a happier healthier life.
Do you know what sustainability means? Yes, no, kind of? It’s a big word but guess what, it doesn’t really matter exactly what it means. What does matter is that each one of us wakes up each morning and says to ourselves, “I’m going to do good today. I’m going to do good and I’m going to be good.” Just like the piece of paper in this photo, it is that simple. Others will see you doing good and it will inspire them to do good and be good too. Doing good is the new being cool!
05/11 (Day 22)
The fight for a healthier planet stepped up a notch today! I picked up a headset with a microphone in Salt Lake City and have turned my bamboo bike into a mobile office of doing good. I strive to make it the most productive office on pedal powered wheels in the USA from now until I reach the 1% for the Planet headquarters in Vermont on August 1st. I can now talk with sustainable non-profits and business, brainstorm with peers, inspire friends and family, and make arrangements for gatherings and parties along the route as I pedal. Also I’ve loaded up my iPhone with sustainability podcasts to increase my knowledge during my “down time.” I of course will be sharing this knowledge with anyone wanting to learn how to live a more earth friendly lifestyle.
05/10 (Day 21)
It felt real good to wake up inside a warm house. I, and many of the people I know, tend to take for granted the things that we have. Every day I try to remember that many people are not fortunate to have simple things like food, clean drinking water, and warm beds to sleep in. Sometimes it is their own doing but sometimes it is not, for example young children who have little control in their family situation. One thing I have learned through my many adventures around the world and in the United States is that by putting myself in challenging situations and removing the luxuries of life I come to appreciate those things so much more when I have them. Most people that know me realize that I am an extremely cheerful and happy person. I’ll let you in on a secret. I appreciate the simple things in life and try to be happy with whatever comes my way and that makes it very easy to feel content. Change your perspective and you’ll change your life.