not selling this. All
here is really free. The story and pictures are copywritten but I can't
imagine someone ripping them off and trying to pass the story off as
their own, so I'm not going to put a whole lot of effort into worrying
If you are one of the hundreds of people who already helped
me on my ride of the Great Divide, you've already helped me plenty.
Please don't feel you need to send anything more
Folks who think that I'm some kind of eccentric millionaire are only
half right. I work for a living but I'm at a point I'm my life where my
work is all bicycle related. I work as a bike mechanic and as the
Commuting Program Director for the non-profit Bicycle Alliance of
Washington. I don't have a lot of money, but I have a very rich life.
In the early part of the 20th century there was a poet named Vachel
who wrote a small book
to be Traded for Bread"
tramped around the
trading his text for meals and support. This story and the other
stories I post to my website are my own versions of "Rhymes to be
Bread" I'm giving the tales away but I'll gratefully accept support and
use it to help me make more journeys and write more stories.
So if you want to help me out, I do appreciate it. There are a variety
of ways you can encourage me to keep rolling, writing and posting tales
on the web.
The easiest and most direct is Paypal. Hit the link below and you can
email me money. I can't guarantee it'll go to a good cause. I may spend
it on Peanut M&Ms. I may buy batteries for my headlight. I may
the money to pay for my kid's college.
If you want to support me but don't feel comfortable with web payments
I'll gratefully cash checks in any amount sent to:
165 East Sunset Way #2B
Issaquah WA 98027 USA
You can also support my efforts by clicking on the Cafe Press logo
below and buying a cyling related shirt or
some other item from my Cafe Press Store or by clicking on the Mountain
Turtle Market and buying a book or some cycling or outdoor gear from my
virtual store on Amazon.com
In 2006 I'm also raising money for the Histiocytosis Association's
Research Program. You can read more about Histio and how various fixed
gear riders are raising funds at: http://www.fixhistio.org/
I have an online fundraising page at:
and the funds go to a very good cause.
Finally, If you are like me and you're not exactly flush with cash, you
still do this: Do something nice for someone, somewhere. We are all
trying to make our way in the world and kindness is never wasted.
Keep 'em rolling,
And thanks again.