I love my hosts but they are scared of me…

Day 17

A gorgeous moment in the day with perfect spring sunshine (just before nearly treading on a snake, also enjoying the sun)

  • 22km walk from Semiahmoo Marine to Bellingham, Washington State – classic walk from boats to forest, snake, spring sunshine, beach, mall, rivers, waterfall, clouds and more!

    Not quite the highlight of the walk but good to have variety...

  • Breakfast: plenty-a-oats, dried orange peel, bit of bran, a few flax seeds and boiling water
  • Lunch: left over mac and cheese from night before
  • Dinner: serve of rice with left over ramen beef flavour sachet and two slices of homemade bread.

Not a big day for interesting food but seemed to be fine as I was in love with the day, walking and the variety. Getting a little sick of nearly stepping on snake for the second day in a row…

It has been an absolute privilege to stay with wonderful hosts every night of this trip. I would usually carry my house on my back with tent, sleeping bag and mat but I wanted to go light for this trip which meant relying on the hospitality of others.

It worries me sometimes that I am using the kind human nature and hospitality of people and not abusing it… but there is nothing to guarantee this – please let me know hosts if that IS the case or I will keep on doing it!

Anyway the point of this blog is that everyone I have stayed with on this trip has at some stage or another felt quite threatened or guilty about me staying with them. They tend to think that I am there on judgment to spite them with excess as I eat simply and walk, ride or swim for pleasure to fill my days.

Everyone has said they feel a bit guilty knowing what I am doing and are very self conscious of what their house is like or even if they use heating in their house!!! I have often had to say ‘I’m the idiot choosing to do this tour and Living Below the Line for 5 weeks – not you!’

I know sometimes that my actions speak louder than words but I wish they weren’t taken as judgement as I love the way I live and it is for me, education and advocacy not to critically analyse the kind and wonderful people who are opening their homes and hearts to me!

It is a weird paradox but I am very grateful for the hospitality and know I could not do what I am dong without peoples unlimited kindness. I am truly lucky and forever in gratitude for the ridiculous amount of hospitality and kindness I have received from the world.

I absolutely worship people and humankind as I receive the best of it continually, that is why I am positively convinced we can see NO ONE live in extreme poverty because if people can look after me we can look after the world – me to we!

It is with a very euphoric high that I finish this blog entry with a BIG AND INFINITE THANK YOU TO HOSTS, HUMANITY AND THE WORLD – it is the best place to be and I wish it for everyone in the world forever and will do whatever I can to make it true – one guilty host or 100 presentations at a time!

In some simple words from Michael Franti and a great inspiration to me:

Stay Human and One Love.

Kinda pretty special along with my nightly hosts!

Generosity – already before the first pedal

Not sure who has heard that I am heading off next week on a 1000mile cycling presentation tour from April 6 – May 6, from Portland, Oregon, USA to Whistler, Canada and back while… Living Below the Line (eating on less than US$1.50/day), well I am.

My aim is to create extra awareness and advocacy for those who Live Below the Line everyday of their lives. The main reason I am doing this is that I know we CAN end extreme poverty and I have absolute conviction in the generosity and kind nature of humans and humanity.

I have known this for the past 11 years in my work and travels regardless of race or religion, rich or poor, urban or rural and any other possible test case. I receive the most incredible hospitality, kindness and generosity on a daily basis. This bike trip is to try and encourage it not only to those we come face to face with, as in my usual case, but as one human to another so we can see everyone live with access, opportunity and choice. It happens to me and I know it can happen to everyone in the world.

Here are a couple of very recent examples of generosity as I lead up to my cycling trip, most based in Hawaii where I have been the celebrant for my beautiful friends’ wedding (have to see my other blog)…

  • People conscious of what I do and it’s limitations financially but allowing me to join in with celebrations, adventures and antics for my friend’s stag in Waikiki
  • A friend who ordered a larger room to host me in the spare bed
  • The two guys who manage the property at an abandoned bungalow and allowed me to stay there for 4 nights near the wedding venue
  • Donnie from Maui Cyclery who rented me a bike to train for my ride – for free!
  • Allan a friend of a friend in Portland who I have never met who is lending me his bike to use for my trip
  • Keens shoes who are interested in what I am doing to advocate for the world’s poorest and the environment and are sponsoring me in a number of ways
  • The numerous offers for accommodation from people who have seen what I am doing on my blog, facebook, my Live Below the Line websites, CouchSurfing and more…
  • The 7 separate hitches I received getting me up to Haleakala mountain where I did my favourite things of camping, hiking, running and naturing (a new verb)

Sorry the list could go on like a thank you call out at a wedding speech!

So finally as I so often ask of my friends, family and complete strangers I hope for your support and generosity to follow my trip, check out my perspectives, continue to be generous humans and keep extending it out a little further to those 1.4 billion others in our world who need far more than I do. Your support and actions with me, the Global Poverty Project, Live Below the Line or your own choice of global support does make a huge difference…

My blog for the trip: http://lunnyLBTL.wordpress.com

My Live Below the Line Australia page: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/lunnylbtl

My Live Below the Line US page: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/USlunnyLBTL

Not a bad spot to do some training for my bike ride... Maui, Hawaii!