What, When, Where, How and What (a bit more)

I have updated the order of this post so it is shown at the top for a workshop I will be giving in Melbourne on bicycle touring with or without a cause: http://www.lanewaylearning.com/2013/03/13/bicycle-touring/

Hope to see you at the workshop and here is an earlier post of this blog when I was setting up for the ride and campaign…

This is an attempt at putting together all the aspects, logistics and details of my trip with a small plea for action in HOW…

WHAT: The gist of what I am doing in North America on a bike in April:

  • Riding a bike from Portland, Oregon to Whistler, British Colombia and back in April and the first week of May
  • Presenting for the Global Poverty Project and the wonderful 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation
  • Doing it eating on less than US$1.50/day (extreme poverty line) promoting the Live Below the Line campaign
  • WHY? To see more people engaged with the movement to see an end to extreme poverty and ultimately see those who live in extreme poverty have greater access to basic needs and opportunities
  • By bicycle there is also a strong environmental, health, sustainability and simplicity message

Doing what I love

WHEN & WHERE – Tour Itinerary and Map http://g.co/maps/94qsa

Thurs 5 Apr Portland,OR Arrive Portland 10.55pm
Fri 6 Portland,OR Set up and Presentation opportunity!
Sat 7 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Sun 8 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Mon 9 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Tues 10 Kelso,WA Portland+ 90km →Kelso,WA via Longview City. Pres opportunity!
Wed 11 Grand Mound, WA Kelso,WA+ 90km → Grand Mound, WA. Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 12 Kamilche,WA Grand Mound + 55km →Kamilche,WA via Olympia Pres opportunity!
Fri 13 ??? Kamilche,WA+ …km → ? on way to Port Angeles 170km away
Sat 14 Port Angeles,WA Continue of journey to Port Angeles
Sun 15 Victoria,BC Ferry to Victoria. Presentation opportunity in evening inVictoria!
Mon 16 Victoria,BC Presentation opportunity!
Tues 17 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity! Victoria+ 35km to ferry from Swartz Bay and ferry. Tsawwassen + 55km toVancouver.
Wed 18 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 19 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Fri 20 Squamish,BC Vancouver+ 70km → Squamish. Presentation opportunity!
Sat 21 Whistler, BC Squamish + 60km → Whistler. Presentation opportunity!
Sun 22 Whistler, BC Presentation opportunity!
Mon 23 Whistler, BC Presentation opportunity!
Tues 24 Squamish,BC Whistler + 60km → Squamish. Presentation opportunity!
Wed 25 Vancouver,BC Squamish + 70km →Vancouver. Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 26 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Fri 27 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Sat 28 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Sun 29 Bellingham,WA Vancouver+ 90km →Bellingham. Presentation opportunity!
Mon 30 Arlington,WA Bellingham+ 85km →Arlington. Presentation opportunity!
Tues 1 May Seattle,WA Arlington+ 95km →Seattle. Presentation opportunity!
Wed 2 Seattle,WA Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 3 Seattle,WA Presentation opportunity!
Fri 4 Portland,OR Train back to Portland to return bike, trailer and get organised for LBL
Sat/Sun 5/6 Portland & beyond? Make way to Calgary, Chicago or New York?
7-11 May Live Below the Line Where best to be for week of Live Below the Line?
3rd wk May Chicago? Europe Chicago 14 May for G8? Tour End – Depart for Europe

HOW I need some bonus support to make it happen in the best way possible

I do have a backup to all of these and I’m very self-sufficient but all my trips are done as a full-time volunteer. I have been volunteering for the past seven months and will be for the rest of the year in various education and advocacy work so anything will be a bonus!

To help me make this as successful as possible (and not just for my own endurance and fun!) I have a two simple asks:

  • For your support, suggestions and to pass my trip details on to others
  • Any possible in-kind help, support or sponsorship
    • In particular I need (borrowing best) for a month starting and finishing in Portland:
      • Bicycle, trailer (preferred) or panniers (for bicycle touring) and various bike bits
      • Network of hosts for presentations and maybe accommodation

In return I will:

  • Attract media where possible – particularly local media
  • Have room to represent appropriate sponsors on items and in the presentation
  • Be advocating on global, environmental and social justice and can add to the good work of others
  • Promise to return items as needed or replace, as hopefully not needed!
  • Happily present to your community or group of interested people

In particular and in the past the best kind of support usually comes from organisations and business like yourselves and:

  • Aid and development agencies
  • Education and youth sectors, especially global awareness groups
  • Cycling, environmental, transport and sustainability advocacy groups
  • Community groups and associations such as: schools, Rotary, environment groups, faith groups and even something like Scouts, fire-fighters, hospitals, councils and others!

WHAT else do you need to know?

Before Today – My Background and My Hopes for this Tour

My global education journey started as a teacher in a remote Aboriginal school in the desert of South Australia. Since then I’ve spent the past 11 years teaching, volunteering and learning in over 50 countries.

With these amazing rich learning experiences I mix information with inspiration and shared them with audiences in developed countries. Using my own personal stories and the Global Poverty Project’s 1.4 Billion Reasons interactive multimedia presentation we encourage people to go from knowing about the topics and issues on extreme poverty and the environment to taking action on them.

I have been a key member of the Global Poverty Project since the first 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation on 4 July 2009 in Melbourne, have delivered over 100 GPP presentations and initiated and managed the youth and schools program in Australia.

My previous presentation cycling trips include South Australia (2007), New Zealand (2009) and the East Coast of Australia (2009). Each with their unique blend of global and environmental awareness.

I am extremely passionate and excited for my first presentation cycling tour in the US and Canadato give your youth and communities an opportunity to experience a GPP 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, to promote the Live Below the Line campaign in May and showcase environmental awareness and healthy lifestyles.

The Global Poverty Project

Our aim is not to fundraise or create resources, rather the Global Poverty Project seeks to inspire people to actively engage with the movement to end extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project connects people with the organisations, initiatives, resources and actions that are already happening.

The 1.4 Billion Reasons Presentation and Engagement with Social Justice Issues

The strength of the presentation is to provide context and catalyse comprehensive learning and engagement with global issues. Through our partnerships and working relationships we can connect audiences, teachers and leaders to organisations working specifically on a range of social justice issues. We connect you with learning guides, campaign actions, and a network of active citizens that can help facilitate a pathway of learning and engagement.

Live Below the Line

My other focus will be to explain and inspire people to take on the Live Below the Line challenge of living on US$1.50 for food each day, for five days. Live Below the Line is a GPP initiative and was first run in North America last year. I will be doing the WHOLE cycle tour Living Below the Line. I hope to engage more people with this incredible campaign which will run again from May 7-11 this year.

For more information please go to:

Environment and what WE have to learn from the world’s poorest

Day 21 – Three weeks!

  • 18km walk (10.5 miles) Seattle – Fremont to Discovery Park and back, beautiful!
  • Breakfast: small portion of corn bread
  • Lunch: oats with orange peel, banana and bran
  • Snacks: half bagel with sunflower butter and large cup of ramen broth
  • Dinner:  last of the refried beans and rice (small portion) with ¼ yam, little bit of garlic and fried onion with half a bagel

The Meal: Rice, refried beans, garlic, yam, onion & 1/2 bagel

The walk: Pink pathways in Seattle

The physical aspect of this trip is now done! As it should have been with the original plan of 1000 miles of cycling but instead I actually think it has been more demanding as I have only had one rest day in three weeks. I still have a few walks, swims and rides from here but not everyday and sick of recording them! But stats for my three weeks while eating and drinking on less than $1.50/day – Ride 447km (279 miles); Walk 182km (114 miles); Swim 6.63km (4.14 miles)

The idea of the physical stats was to simply to try and match people in extreme poverty who mainly work hard physical jobs and show how much effort they might do – but usually MORE, EVERYDAY and WITHOUT CHOICE!

The physical work that gets done in real world for those living in extreme poverty

Spending so much time on foot, bike and in the pool while Living Below the Line was always going to bring out the strong environmentalist in me…

Quite a few things have been running through my Live Below the Line head in the past two days after reading a few articles, recalling conversations and present chats with hosts.

Live Below the Line is a direct action towards living within the natural confinement of nature and our environment. Climate change I will not mention because I think it is irrelevant in the argument and too many people have opposing views. Instead I look at our natural environment and how much it can handle and its limitations, regardless of climate change.

So in the case of Live Below the Line and the way people in developing countries generally live, their impact on the environment is significantly lower than your average one white Australian brought up in Adelaide.

The idea of population going through the roof and we can’t fit everyone in the world, especially all those people in Africa is absolutely true, but here’s the thing, that is if they live like the average white Australian from Adelaide.

When you live in extreme poverty or in my case currently Living Below the Line you can only consume a very limited amount of anything – food, water, goods, etc. This is where it all comes together for me and now in my fourth week of Live Below the Line is that LBL is not about starving yourself or feeling sorry for the poor but to understand that living in simplicity is not only quite enlightening and morally enriching but it has a huge positive impact on community and environment.

Living Below the Line for an extended amount time is really teaching me that life is ‘richer’ in social interaction, community involvement and environmental sustainability.

I will make more reference to this in time but on an environmental front my emissions have been next to nothing (if I exclude how I got to North America and the flatulence from lots of refried beans).

  • The food I eat is almost entirely from local producers of basic ingredients that are affordable
  • I walk or cycle to get around as much as possible on my 1000 mile journey
  • I have not been consuming ‘stuff’ as much as normal from the humbling experience of Living Below the Line
  • My entertainment has largely been walking and cycling seeing new places
  • Even more significantly entertainment has been talking and meeting new people – learning, sharing and laughing
  • I have been connected closer to the natural (free) beauty of the world and want to keep it’s integrity more
  • I have been more susceptible to the weather but embraced it as you have to, not to alter it completely for my comfort or happiness
  • I accept whatever housing and hosting is given to me but I prefer the more simpler as it suits the lifestyle I am portraying (not saying I didn’t enjoy staying in everybody’s house because it is the people that make the experience)
  • I am forced to accept the living conditions of the day as someone in extreme poverty would have to for in the weather, income or circumstance

Two major pieces of information on environment that have been bouncing in my head are these two:

I suppose what I am trying to allude to in this blog is that it is not about us trying to ‘help’ the poor but it is also what we can learn from the poor.

I don’t ever advocate we need to bring the poor up to our way of living. I believe it is about us meeting the poor half way (or my preference closer to their half) and enjoying the immense amount of happiness and benefit it brings to ourselves, each other and our environment.

The d'Arcy Happiness & Sustainable Spectrum

Wish I could do a spectrum graph and where we need to meet the poor at place at the big smile…