Ending the Cycle of Poverty
On June 30, 2008 I set out on the adventure of a lifetime. After looking out to the Pacific Ocean in Seattle I turned east, mounted my bike and began riding for 9 weeks more than 6000 kms across North America. It was a summer of riding each day with hundreds of other cyclists participating in this bike tour. 150 years ago Dutch immigrants to North America started a Christian Reformed Church which then grew and spread around the world. To celebrate this anniversary members of these churches from across Canada and the United States joined together for a huge summer of celebrating and cycling.
I received the endorsement of River Park CRC (Calgary Alberta) to ride as their representative. That summer was a unique opportunity for me as I have time between finishing my then 'current' studies and beginning graduate school (Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta) the next September. Participating in an all-summer trip with members of many CRC churches presented an opportunity for me to engage in a multi-generational Christian community and I was quite excited about that. First and foremost however, my ride was a step towards combating the issue of global poverty.
There are no easy answers or quick fixes when it comes to addressing the cycle of poverty. But that's no reason to ignore it. The complex economic, social and spiritual issues related to poverty demand a comprehensive and multi-pronged response. 220 cyclists rode to support this cause. Sea to Sea riders meet and exceeded their $10 000 fundraising targets, 2.1 million dollars has been collected to support this effort!
This website was a place for me to communicate with family, friends, and members of my church about the bike ride. For more information about different aspects of this journey check out some other pages on this site: My Fundraising, The Trip and stories on a nearly daily basis in my Online Journal.
Highlights of the Journal
If you've run across this website for the first time and would like a glimpse of the summer without spending a few hours reading my daily journal cover to cover... here's what I'd consider to be an overview of the experience in a few glimpses.
- June 22 - "All the donations count!"
- July 8 - "Special Delivery"
- July 17 - "Utah"
- July 23 - "My Toughest Day Yet"
- July 26 - "A Ton of Elevation"
- August 9 - "Sweet Sweet Saturday"
- August 10 - "The Chase Ends"
- August 19 - "A Day at the Races"
- August 21 - "Loving the Bike"
- August 31 - "Jersey City at last!"
- September 15 - "The tour actually seems over"