Rob Greenfield Rocky Mountains

Through the Rocky Mountains: Day 26

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.

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Bees, 97 Miles, and Overcoming the Darkness: Day 24

“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 JohnsonTrevor 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.

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Do Good: Day 23

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!

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Multitasking and Sustainability Tips: Day 22

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.

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Appreciating the Simple Things: Day 21

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.

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Seeing the Town: Days 18 & 19

At this moment it is 05/09 (Day 20) and I am sitting in Salt Lake City with my laptop and cell phone plugged into the sun. It’s been a very busy last couple of days and I am a bit behind on the blogs. I need to get on the road today if I’m going to cross the Rocky Mountains and make it to Fort Collins, Colorado on time so I am going to keep these blogs short and leave out some details even though there is so much to write about.

05/07 (Day 18)

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Pushing Through the Rain: Day 17

05/06 (Day 17)

My head is in a cloud and I don’t even know where to begin. What happened today? Let’s see how the story comes out on paper.

This morning… I awoke in the field very exhausted after a night full of dreaming. My knees were still aching and it worried me a bit. Even though I was quite lethargic I managed to pack up and hit the road a short 40 minutes after awakening. Wait a second… Is this today that I write of? It seems so long ago. Yes, yes it must be. Let me continue and I’m sure I will catch up to a point where it seems like today.

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A Little Bit of Luck: Day 16

05/05/2013 (Day 16)

Tears of thankfulness and appreciation streamed down my cheeks this afternoon as I pedaled across the western Utah desert thinking of the people that shaped may adolescent self into the man I am today. Particularly the tears came when I thought of my mom back in my hometown of Ashland, Wisconsin. I have so many people to be thankful for and for so many of them I did not realize it at the time they were in my daily life. Every one of the approximately 842 million seconds I have lived on this planet has lead to me being exactly where I am today and every one of the 100’s of thousands of human interactions I have had has made me who I am and effected my actions and words. In the moment you can’t know why something is happening or what you will get out of it. However, looking back on the people that have come in and out of my life and the experiences they have created for me brings deep feelings of appreciation to what I call my heart. I am the man I am today because of each of the people that have entered my life whether it was just for a day, a semester in school, my childhood, or decades.

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80 Mile Day: Day 15

05/04/2013 (Day 15)

You know that good kind of exhausted where you are excited to get in bed and when you do you can hardly keep your eyes open to read a page of a book or watch an episode on TV? That kind of exhausted that you know it was a good day and you accomplished a lot? That’s the exhausted that I am feeling right now. There were some tough days back in Nevada and laying here with only one sleeping bag on and my hands out in the open it’s hard to fathom that just 4 nights ago I thought my cameraman, Brent Martin, might have died in the night of hypothermia.

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