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In the Summer of 2012, I found myself jobless, heartbroken, and without a place to live. To overcome my depression, I bought a bicycle. Then rode it from Portland, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts. Alone. And over the course of my 71-day 3200 mile adventure, I was healed.
Transformed by the road, I decided to write a book about the lessons I learned from the highway on how to live a meaningful life (6 and a half: a story about roads, rashes, and redemption). I also founded a non-profit called “The Long Road Home Project” whose program shares the healing power of long-distance cycling with a group of people who now, more than ever, need our care: our nation’s veterans.
This summer, an intrepid group of veterans ranging in age from 27 to 76 rode their bicycles (and hand bicycles!) from the shores of Washington State to our nation’s capital. The purpose of their ride was profound: to use the road to heal their physical and emotional war-related wounds, draw attention to veterans’ issues, and raise money for veterans’ charities. This, our inaugural year, we raised $5000 for Operation First Response, a national veterans’ charity that serves our nation’s heroes in times of financial need.
Next summer a new group of veterans will once again cycle across the US. Only this time, they will be joined by 1000s of others in 3 ride-alongs. For more information and to get involved, please visit our website: www.LongRoadHomeProject.com. You can also visit us on our Facebook Page.
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