Suburban Macondo

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Bike for education

In days my buddy Greg will begin a several-month cross-country bike tour to raise money for the American Heart Association and Carolina Covenant, a program at UNC-Chapel Hill that provides debt-free financial aid to students whose families are at or below the poverty line.

This is Adventure No. 2 in Greg’s big list of Future Adventures. Last year, he hiked the Appalachian Trail and had the beard and the body odor to prove it. This year, he’s biking solo for several weeks from Seattle to San Francisco, then meeting up with his friend Brian and a group of high schoolers. The two of them are leading the whippersnappers through the Rockies, across the Great Plains, over the Appalachians and down to the flats of Norfolk, Va. All in all, the trip will take them a few months, but it should lead to tons of stories and a world of experience for the young impressionable ones.

If you’re so inclined, give a bit of money to Greg and Gang. If not because of the two worthy causes, then because they prove there are people out there who don’t need 9-to-5s, fast-tracks and college-prep summers to be happy or successful or real. And besides, your support might go a long way to encouraging Adventure No. 3, whatever that might be.


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