Aaron Bauhs wrote -
First, a Dream:
One day, I will bike across America.
Then, an Opportunity:
2 months off between grad school and a new job!?!
From that, a Goal:
Finally, a Reality:
Wait, this is happening?
What have I gotten myself into!?!
And what can I do to help others at the same time?
That's right...I'm embarking upon a trip from NYC to Wisconsin to Mt Rushmore to Portland, Ore. It's ~3300 miles of unabridged America, each inch crossed only through my will to not die on the side of the road.
I'm extremely excited, but yes, also a bit terrified. But I'm not the first to attempt such a trip. I'm inspired by the participants of non-profit BIKE & BUILD, who not only go the distance, they volunteer to build affordable homes along the way!
Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I am collaborating with Bike & Build to raise funds in support of the trips (theirs and mine) and the dream of durable, affordable homes for all. And this, my friends, is where you come in.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
2 cents per mile
Contributing $66 (roughly $0.30/hour of strenuous biking) will help empower those in need to secure homes of their own (and help me be indoors when the weather doesn't permit camping). You can make a difference at any level though, so here are some recommended levels:
$33 (1 cent/mile)
A tool for home building + hot food to combat my hunger
$66 (2 cents/mile)
Materials for the homes + shelter during a thunderstorm
$99 (3 cents/mile)
Power tool! Plus, help with so many flat tires
$149 (4.5 cents/mile)
Support of paid builders + emergency bike shop visit
$198 (6 cents/mile)
I will briefly consider carving your face in Mt. Rushmore
Your dedication rivals that of a Lance/Jimmy love child
Contributions will be split equally with Bike & Build, with donations exceeding my trip expenses going 100% to Bike & Build. All donations are tax deductible.
WANT TO DISCUSS MORE ABOUT THE TRIP?
I'll be documenting my trip along the way at www.facebook.com/aarons.biking.adventure. Of course, any advice, recommendations, places to stay, and companions are welcome!
Thanks for your support!