Share Alejandro's Dream: Biking home to Chile from Vancouver
Organized by: Andrea Loops
$1-10 Dollars: A small wind behind his back
$10-25: A smooth road ahead
$25-50: Strength for his Spirit
$50-150: Power his journey
$150-250: You Give the Gift of Dream Fufillment
$250+: You are the Hero and Sponsor of his Dream
I met Alejandro when he came to Canada 3 years ago. He came to Canada to learn English and have a change from his career as a Marine Engineering Officer. While here he was inspired with the vision to return home to his homeland, Chile, by bicycle. He had never bicycled more than occasionally for transport in University. He knew almost nothing about what this kind of journey would be like, but this did not deter him.
A dream had been born. He saved money, bought a used 1980's Japanese touring bike (a Nishiki!), used biking gear, and donated the belongings he had brought with him from home which he couldn't carry with him to those who could use it.
He had a dream, and he has been following it. I am very inspired by him, and in fact I joined him from September 2014 to June 2015 and we journeyed by bicycle from Vancouver, BC to the Oaxacan coast in the south of Mexico. It was an adventure and journey I will never forget.
Alejandro is a wonderfully caring person towards the people and animals he has met on his journey. Although he has had very little money for his journey, and his worldly possessions are only what he carries on the back of his bicycle, he has repeatedly been overly generous, giving those less fortunate than him food, clothing, money, even his backpack at one point.
Over the last 16 months Alejandro has continued his dream, steadily pedalling south. He has endured and been delayed by knee injury, illness, extreme temperatures of hot and cold, headwinds and never ending mountains. In the USA we camped mostly on the side of the road, or stayed in the home of hosts who welcome bicycle travellers. In Mexico and Central America it was not safe to camp openly by the side of the road, so we, then he alone, camped within the compounds of the Red Cross or Fire stations or stayed with the many amazing warm people who opened their hearts and homes.
Alejandro is in Columbia now. He is SO CLOSE to achieving his dream, but the unexpected health delays have depleted his savings and he told me yesterday that he thinks he will have to return to Chile by plane, after all. He will have to work for a few months in a job he doesn't want to return to before being able to fly back to Columbia and complete his dream to bike home. This doesn't seem right.
Dreams are what makes life amazing. Alejandro's dream and passion for biking and his generosity of spirit are inspiring. Please help me help Alejandro achieve his dream and finish his bicycle journey home. Thank you!!