Don’t worry about me – join me!

It was a very fleeting couple of days in Australia from New Zealand before heading off to Hawaii but I managed to speak to all my family and most of my 14 nephews and nieces – my favourite possessions in life!

Anyway I was copping a bit of flack about my pending 1000 mile presentation cycle while Living Below the Line (eating on less than US$1.50/day). Either it was from my mum and sisters worried that I will emancipate into nothing as I did running a marathon in Ethiopia in 2008 or a couple of my brothers just not really ‘getting’ why I am doing it.

This is how I learn and share. Worth all the money in the world (but better)!

I have to say I’m really excited for the bike ride because I know it will be a wonderful personal journey filled with lots of inspiration and learning as well as optimising my skills and passion to do the most I can do to put things like equality, justice and learning on as many tables of people who haven’t considered it much before. Not because I think they should but because I believe they will benefit from it as I have and ultimately benefit the world’s less fortunate.

  • I can ride a bike,
  • I can live on a limited selection of food,
  • I can do it for a long distance and time,
  • I love a challenge,
  • I am passionate about the topics and issues of equality, justice, access and opportunity and happiness for all – rich or poor,
  • I can be a voice for those who can’t,
  • I can engage, inform and hopefully inspire others to consider these topics and ideas,
  • I do it because I love it and will have quality interactions with others and learn from it,
  • I do it because I am proud, grateful, blessed and honoured to act on the experiences and learnings I’ve had from the past 11 years of travels and particularly from the worlds most resilient and resourceful people, usually in developing countries

Live like it is your last year on the planet every year with humility, happiness and humanity and I think you might have a decent life for as many years as life chooses for you.

For now it is a week in Hawaii for two wonderful friends’s wedding where I get to be the celebrant – but that is a whole other blog in itself!

As I have been saying – join me for the ride! and if you want some action points around what I am doing here are a couple of options:

  • Read, reflect and have a chat to someone around the concept of what I am doing and the Live Below the Line campaign
  • Take on the Live Below the Line challenge (US$1.50 AU$2 per day for food each day for five days – May 7-11
  • Share my blog or the campaign with others to enrol them into the concept
  • You can donate to the Global Poverty Project who hosts Live Below the Line to continue to educate and campaign for those who live in extreme poverty

Building up to Launch from Portland!

I have to say I am a little apprehensive at the reality of what it means to Live Below the Line and ride a bike long distances but I know it will be such an enriching, reflecting, perspective-rich and humbling experience I really just want it to start!

For now I am doing very little training due to the nature of being very nomadic for the past five fabulous weeks in Aotearoa New Zealand. I will only be in Melbourne for four days before going to Hawaii for my friends wedding where I’m the wedding celebrant!

On the logistical side of the trip I have my launch presentation in Portland confirmed – Friday 6 April 7-8pm Lewis & Clark College! I’m starting to lock in a few more presentations and will put them up on the Global Poverty Project Events Page once confirmed – Still looking for more presentation opportunities, particularly in the smaller towns I will be visiting such as Kelso, Grand Mound, Squamish and more.

I’m also still struggling to borrow some gear like: a bike with panniers or trailer, mac laptop to borrow for presentations and mobile phone but know there are bigger problems in the world. Still a bike trip without a bike could be interesting…

It is all trivial as once on the road it will be pure experiences, learning and sharing the best things in life (not things), stories and lives.

Still get in touch if you think you might like to host a presentation or me and if you might have a link for to borrow a couple of things –

Will start to push the media angle as I am just about to head off and keen for chats on radio, with journalists and other media to kick it all off.

What will be the staple? Corn? Beans? Rice?

I’ve Won the Lottery – everyday that is…

Why would you want to win the lottery…?

It has taken a while but I’m sure in the past 11 years I know that my happiness, well-being and security is not bound or bolstered with false hope and fortune on something as ridiculous as winning the lottery.

I fell like I have won the lottery everyday and in actual fact I have. Had I been born into absolute poverty, conflict, neglect or any of these hardships I might have been able to do the things I have chosen to do, certainly not travel the way I have and do.

‘But if I win the lottery you could help so many people…!’ Well help people anyway. You don’t have to wait till you have made your fortune before you can start to give something back to others. There is a huge amount of joy in both giving and receiving. In my experience the more you give the more you get back from the gift of giving (self-fulfilment here folks not things and money).

My theory is, live life like you have won the lottery but not dependent on ‘happy’ items and events. As the bumper sticker says ‘I want to want less’ and the less you want the more fulfilled you can be and then winning the lottery doesn’t become all that wonderful, important or necessary anymore.

To tie this back into my adventures for next month (cycling 1000 miles in North America Living Below the Line – eating on less than US$1.50/day) I know that I will have the choice of rice, oats, beans, lentils and little else but I also know I will learn to live and appreciate all of these things because it is what I will have access to. This is what people in extreme poverty also have to do but the difference is they will never have the opportunity to want because they still have needs that aren’t being serviced…

Really can’t wait for the big jump I will make along my spectrum of simplicity, learning and appreciating more from less – it is gong to be a hell of a Live Below the Line for me.

I can’t advocate or encourage enough for everyone to sign up for Live Below the Line (May 7-11). You will get: a great appreciation of how people live in extreme poverty and more than that

  • how happy you can be with less (not glorifying poverty here just showing how far beyond need we have grown),
  • the clarity of simplicity and sense of time it provides,
  • the amazing conversations you will start and
  • the inspiration you will give to others…

If it is not your bag, no worries as I am not here to tell anyone what to do but I think it is one of the best campaigns, challenges, learning experiences and reflections I have had in a developed country…

And if it is still not your bag, how bout donating to the cause to see those living in extreme poverty to live with access and opportunity so they don’t have to decide over hunger or education for their children –

Save your money on lottery tickets and put it into choosing your fortune without needing luck or a million dollars or sponsor me on my ride!


What more could anyone want or need, especially the freedom!

Do you want the good news or the good news? Happyzine and my article

My first little media hit here in Aotearoa New Zealand and in the very awesome online Happyzine: 

See below for the text and a little surprised they published my comment about a Kiwi lass… anyway its out there now!

Of interest I also met a guy yesterday, currently in Wellington keen to be a part of the world in a positive light – has ridden over 100,000km learning from the world and making it a happier place by riding a bike and clowning around!

d’Arcy Lunn rides the world for the Global Poverty Project and Live Below the Line

Submitted by Charlotte on March 4, 2012 – 8:55 pm

I have the biggest admiration, thanks, joy, belief and faith in humanity having lived my dream everyday for the past 11 years since graduating from university.

I’m an educator, teacher, advocate, campaigner and celebrator on everything to do with global, social and environmental justice. I have been extremely lucky to volunteer, teach, learn and travel to over 50 countries and mainly in developing countries. From these experiences I have learnt we are all wonderful humans in a beautiful world and should be treated with the same amount of respect, interest and love. Everything I do is based around this and always in a happy, positive, can-do, fun approach.

My latest exploit to inform and inspire others to foster this connectedness is a cycling tour in April and May in north-western America.

Representing the Global Poverty Project and the Live Below the Line campaign I will ride 1000 miles giving global awareness presentations and eating on less than US$1.50/day (the definition for people living in extreme poverty [for everything]). Join me for the ride –

After first falling in love with this country as I rode around the South Island in 2009 my ultimate dream is to settle in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013. I will aim to establish a youth and schools presentation and program for the Global Poverty Project as I have done inAustraliafor the past two years.

Aotearoa New Zealand is my ultimate destination to:

  • Integrate into a community – suggestions welcome but will have to beat Paekakariki
  • Promote community participation, active citizenship and volunteering,
  • Establish a sustainable living model and education project (have the proposal on the sketch pad if you want to know more)
  • Run, walk, bike on every possible trail this beautiful nature has to offer
  • Find a nice Kiwi lass! I’m 33 fit, health and love the world…!
  • Learn

For this year get yourselves familiar with the Global Poverty Project and in particular the Live Below the Line campaign in September, follow my journeys through my blogs and think about informing and inspiring your youth and community with a 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation in 2013 when I will be back to settle in this pure natural and human country.

Many Thanks


My 29th of the month sunrise but my first 29th of Feb & pretty happy to be in Paekakariki for it too!

If you are interested in why I would ride 1000 miles Living Below the Line then please read below:


  • I am not doing this to self promote, fish compliments or impress anyone
  • This trip is a product of experiences, learning and inspiration from the past 11 years of travel, volunteering and learning, especially in developing countries
  • I want to advocate and be the middleman
    • Hopefully for the first time people will be drawn to do Live Below the Line from May 7-11 (AU, US, UK) and September 20-24 in New Zealand
    • Others will be able to see if I can do it riding for a month riding a bike, Live Below the Line is possible for them for five days
    • Hopefully they will also see it will be a great experience with lots of learning, empathy and inspiration
    • What I am doing is beyond the campaign but it is nothing compared with the 1.4 billion people in the world who live in extreme poverty every day with no assurances of an end
  • I love simplicity and seeing the world in that light – I know I will learn a lot with powerful perspectives and insights
  • I want to show the amazing resilience, resourcefulness and unrelenting hope and hard work of people who live in extreme poverty
  • I want to empower the people who live in extreme poverty – so we see them as truly remarkable
    • From this point we can understand and take action in support – not through pity, guilt or sadness
  • There is no better way to see a place and it’s people than on a bike sharing stories and lives
  • I’m a human just as important and insignificant as anyone else and this is what I do, just as others do with equal commitment and purpose as students, parents, workers, volunteers, etc…
  • I want to see everyone have access and opportunity, voluntary simplicity and a perpetual smile as I am lucky to have
  • Offer an example for more people to live within the capacity of our environment, and enjoying it
  • Advocate nature, cycling, simplicity, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, community interaction
  • Hits and giggles – the world is a wonderful place to have fun… why not!
  • I live, learn and act to see a world without extreme poverty anymore

What will I eat!?

Got my first presentation booked! Lewis and Clark University, Portland! 6 April – be there. Still looking for bike, trailer and more presentations – cheers!

Diet of a Live Below the Liner:

Remember kids no begging, borrowing, stealing, growing  or gifting…

The big thing will be base ingredients. Depending on the place it will likely be a combo of:

  • lentils – whole, red split, other?
  • sorghum
  • chick peas
  • beans
  • rice
  • flour
  • split peas
  • sago
  • tapioca
  • barley
  • cracked barley
  • pearled barley
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • semolina
  • oats
  • corn meal
  • millet
  • couscous
  • polenta
  • other…?

In combination with (when affordable):

  • eggs
  • oil
  • salt
  • sugar
  • cheap as possible stock?
  • powdered milk or soy milk?
  • other…?

Wholemeal in any of these if possible? I hope so or might need to add enema to the list!!!

Likely Veg:

  • pumpkin
  • potatoes
  • yucca, manioc, taro
  • any root veg
  • beetroot
  • cabbage
  • greens
  • chard
  • silverbeet
  • spinach
  • carrot
  • leek
  • onion
  • garlic
  • others…?

Fruit: seasonal and over-ripe usually. Don’t know what it will be or be…?

The basis for my first big cook up doing LBTL for a month in 2010

My only concerns are fruit and veg, oil, stock, eggs and pre-made bread.

One basic important law for me will be: ‘The more simple – the more I can have!’

Not sure how I will cost this on a per serve basis and even harder because of American measurements! But basically this is what I will be living on, and personally I think it is about sticking to a very simple diet which reflects extreme poverty, which I know well, and sticking to it in limited servings and availability…

From experience I find that I am usually under the required cost as long as I don’t have any ‘luxuries’ like:

  • dairy
  • pre-made anything
  • fruit and veg of my choice not seasonal
  • drinks other than water
  • bought anything without making it scratch

No need to mention or think of anything like

  • beer
  • chocolate
  • cheese
  • meat and fish
  • most things!

Physically I know I can do this as I have done it many times before in developing countries and my body will adjust but mentally it is going to be tough!

The beauty of all this that I can see now is that I know with such simplicity in diet it will feel great to be simple, fulfilled on less (choice) and make my trip more meaningful, reflective and educational for personal growth and inspiration to others… wow excited!

Hope I can find me some fruit like my 80 cents of apples last year...