Boulder Steals my Heart: Day 28

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.

Then I was off to my sponsors prAna to get some clean clothes and boy was I excited to meet them. prAna has one of the most sustainable lines of clothing on the market including clothing made from 100% organic cotton and hemp. Some of their clothes are even made from post consumer water and soda bottles. Their operations are extremely sustainable as well and I can say that I am extremely proud to represent this company. Learn more about their sustainability mission. I had an absolute blast at PrAna Boulder with the girls and they were all stoked that I’ll be cycling across the country inspiring sustainability while repping their sustainable clothes.

If I didn’t have a country to cycle across I’d settle down right here in Boulder. This town has stolen my heart and I am certain I will come back here to live a portion of my life. I’ll start with a summer and see where it goes. What impresses me most about this city is the volume of entrepreneurs and change makers that it holds. The intentions of the people here seem to be in line with creating a healthy planet and people here actually get things done. If you know me you know how much I love a person whose actions speak louder then their words.

I spent a couple hours hanging out with Andi Lucas from Dinkum Systems, one of my sponsors. Dinkum makes some of the best camera accessories on the market for adventure enthusiasts and film and audio professionals. They make possibly the best camera mount on the market that helps me to get great shots while I’m out exploring the world. Andi was an absolute blast. She’s from Tasmania, which is a gorgeous Australian island for those of you who don’t know. There wasn’t a dull moment with her and the stories she told me were fascinating. She works on the show Whale Wars and it was great to pick her brain about reality TV, which she was quite knowledgeable on.

I also managed to squeeze in some time during this hectic day to hang out at Community Cycles the 1% for the Planet non-profit that I am raising awareness and funds for here in Boulder. They are one of the most impressive bike advocacy organizations I have ever run into and tomorrow I will have a full write up on their mission and the incredible things they are doing. Today they tuned up my bike and put some new pedals on that will allow me to take on a new and fun challenge in Kansas. I spent the evening hanging out with Rich and Wanda in their wonderful solar powered home and watched them cook local organic food. I’m so thankful for them welcoming me into their lives. I’ve got a family in Boulder now.

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This adventure is now a book! Dude Making a Difference is the exciting and inspirational story of my bike ride across the USA on a bamboo bike. Go to www.RobGreenfield.tv/Dude to get a copy or learn more about it. 100% of my proceeds are donated to environmental grassroots nonprofits!