Dear Friends and Followers,
I am now three weeks and well over 300 miles into my journey (details to follow in future blogs, as computer access allows). As a Warm Showers host has commented: "If you've made it that far, then you can make it the rest of the way." (And this from an older gentleman, with lots of cycling experience of his own as well as through hosting other touring cyclists. : ))
Honestly, I have been intentionally hesitant to ask for financial support beyond specific things, like the two-wheeled trailer, until I could show, to myself and to others, that I really can do this. And even though there have been some hard days, I am persevering and getting stronger and stronger as I go.
For the record, I have contributed all of the financial resources I could personally to "get this show on the road". Now, I am going to need more support from others to keep going. Furthermore, although I can make it a few more days, if you choose to use the PayPal "Donate" option, it will be approximately 30 days before I can have access to those funds.
In other words, if you can make a donation, NOW is the time to use The Button (over there - >> in the right hand column - >> : )).
However, if you would like to get money to me more quickly and without any deductions, PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY, via e-mail (see info in the header) and I will give you additional information for how to do that.
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed already! Although it has been "tight" at times (and this is definitely one of those times), things have worked out, and I feel they will continue to do so, but I also know I have to do my part to Let You Know what my needs are along the way.
In return, I will keep "Pedaling for Peace" and sharing the message that Paul K. Chappell and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation are also working so hard to spread. It is a Great Message! And I am glad to have this opportunity to serve the cause of both Local AND World Peace!
AKA: The Blue Turtle
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.