We’re excited to feature Andrew’s post on his cross-country bike trip as the first in a series called “Taking Practical Action Toward Resilience” highlighting inspiring actions that people and communities across the country are taking as part of this year’s Transition Challenge.
Beginning May 9th, I will be biking across the country, from Maine to Washington, as part of the Transition Challenge and my own journey to “Occupy Carbon.” I’ve been cycling since 1997, more at some times and less at others. Moving to Mid-coast Maine brought new opportunities and new terrain for longer rides. Coincidentally, the Trek Across Maine, benefiting the American Lung Association, rode past my front door every Fathers Day and encouraged me to strive for longer distances. In 2011, I made the decision to participate in the Trek and started riding longer and longer distances, with fifty miles becoming a favorite day ride. Last year I took part in the Trek and found it agreeable to see new places from a bike. In that period, I also rode more than I drove, approximately one thousand miles biking versus two hundred behind the wheel.