Pedaling for Peace

On April 15, 2012 I started riding my bicycle cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida in voluntary support of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) and the work of author and Peace Leadership Director for the NAPF, Paul K. Chappell. By July 4th, I had covered over 1300 miles to just west of Luling, Texas where a major mechanical failure brought this first stage of my cross-country journey to an end. After storing my bicycle and trailer with my aunt and uncle in Weatherford, Texas, I flew from Dallas to Santa Barbara, California to attend the NAPF First Annual Peace Leadership Summer Workshop. I then lived and worked in Santa Barbara for several more months before I returned to Jacksonville and sold off the rest of my possessions that I could to help fund a continuation of my journey. Starting June 8, 2013 and ending August 9, 2013, I rode from Weatherford, through 400 miles of the central Texas hill country, including Austin, Texas, back to Luling. It was at this point that a friend of mine invited me to work for a brief period in Pennsylvania before flying me back to Santa Barbara where I continued volunteering for the NAPF as well as for the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition. As of August 9th, 2014 I began"Stage III" of my cross-country adventure, this time heading south from Santa Barbara to San Diego and then east to El Paso, TX. It was there that illness, winter weather, and diminishing resources brought that leg of my journey to an end. After staying with another friend in Columbus, GA for several months, I moved "back home" to Kentucky to stay with my dad for a while and build a better "resource base" for future endeavors including review and further tracking and primitive survival skills training at Tom Brown, Jr's Tracker School , and a possible longer tour of the east coast, northern tier, and north west coast back down to Santa Barbara, CA.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fundraising for New Trailer

Here is the video of my "Maiden Voyage" on my bicycle with it as fully loaded as I could get it:

What you can't see here is that the trailer was really, really, wobbly. When I had it outside the neighborhood on the main, two-lane, road it was actually scary because it was fish-tailing so badly. I've never been that scared riding my bicycle before.

Consequently, on the advice of good friends who care about me and even the manufacturer of the Wheele trailer himself, I am going to try to upgrade from the one-wheeled model to the two- wheeled model.

This is my current rig.

And this is the one I need to replace it.

The total cost of the "upgrade" is going to be $270.00.

I'll keep it simple at this point: If you would like to help me in raising the money for this very important piece of equipment, please feel free to donate via PayPal:

(And if you have any trouble using this "Donate" button, please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below.)

This is all I need for now. I will be posting more info here soon.

Thank You for Your Support!

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