With our temporary set-back because of Laura’s ankle, we are enjoying the beautiful sunny spring weather that has appeared, suddenly, here in Portland. Sure, it would be great to soar down the road on the Bromptons in this sunshine and warmth, but sitting outside and soaking up some much-needed Vitamin D takes a very close second.
As we make the most of this waiting period, we wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our amazing readers and supporters! We are blown away by your kindness and generosity!
For starters, Thank You for all of the well wishes about my ankle! Your support and stories and compassion have helped me keep my sanity and gently work on healing (which is coming along quite nicely, other than the not-being-fully-able-again part).
We also want to say Thank You to everyone who donated to our Big Adventures on Small Wheels fundraiser! The last day of the fundraiser was our intended departure date, May 15, and we raised $6,126! Thank You also to everyone who told friends, re-tweeted, posted on facebook, and generally made some noise! Every penny raised will help us connect with advocates across the country and start some much-needed conversations about multi-modal travel.
We’re hearing from advocates nation-wide and collecting stories about your experiences with bikes and rail. We’re watching trends and finding opportunities to bring people together. And we’re excited to start making some great things happen!
We’re also seeing reports that show the economic impact of cyclists and bike tourists. We have long suspected that small communities could benefit, economically, from cyclists, and we’re excited to see this idea gaining traction.
We’ll be out on the road soon, so please send us your suggestions for people to contact and questions to ask. Also, even though the official fundraiser has come to a close, if you’d like to support our travels and our goal to increase and improve multi-modal travel, please consider sending a donation through the yellow paypal button on the right or buying an ebook, poster, headbadge, etc.
Bryan May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Question…. how are you dealing with Amtrak’s prohibition against flammable gasses/fuels in your luggage? Seems like it would be a pain to find fuel each time you got off the train.
Kevin May 21, 2011 at 5:41 am
If you stop by DC (which you definately should!)…bicyclespace would probably be more than happy to host you guys.
Get well! Looking foward to hearing about your trip.
Davide May 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm
hello, I’m Davide and I write from Italy, sorry for my bad English.
I only recently discovered your blog and I find it very beautiful and very nice some thoughts I have seen. I wanted to know how much you spend on average per day taking a trip like yours?
One difference with the U.S. is that in Italy it would not be possible to camp outdoors, camping is only suitable in areas with facilities for campers, the rest of the country is forbidden, on pain of heavy fines.
I own a Dahon, a bike really well made, and this summer I would like to try a cycling holiday, different from the usual holiday resorts in overcrowded, just to experience the sensation of traveling by bike, what makes you feel and who knows in future I would like its an experience like yours.
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Looking forward to your new adventures (Laura, sorry to hear about the ankle… ouch). And here’s hoping that the good weather stays that way for you. Cheers!