Although it has been difficult, the biggest difficulty has been explaining to people why we are doing this. Most people don’t understand. So I have been wondering are we crazy? Can we do this, why are we doing this?
Then last weekend as we left our house at 6am, not a car on the road, a sky full of stars, and an icy wind at our cheeks, some form of answer did come. I realized that as much as it is difficult to bike 2 1/2 hours to Saltsping for Thanksgiving dinner (and back) in one day, as much as it takes great effort, it is so much more painful not to do it. To sit back and watch the world go to hell is unbearable and is far worse then the effort of riding.
So we are doing what we can with what we have.
And I have to say it feels fucking fantastic! The despair that I have lived with, the despair that I know we all feel, the sorrow that I saw in Katie’s eyes as we watched the plums of oil pour into the gulf on the news, the pain of seeing the wild pelicans covered in sludge, the deep pain of knowing that we can be so much better at caring for this earth, is transforming from hopelessness into action. And so I say let us begin. Let us no longer wait for tomorrow, let us not wait for something else, someone else, or some other time. It will not be easy, we will want to give up, but it is so worth it, this planet, which has given us everything, is so unbelievably worth it.
With this blog we will share our hardships and joys, our doubts and fears and our freedoms along the road as we pedal for a greener future.