Meet The Riders
The past few years have been filled with hardships, diverse experiences, and unexpected turns. Though I’ve come to realize, the path less traveled can lead to unforgettable opportunities, personal growth, and lifelong friends. Some highlights of this circuitous path include running a kayak shop in a quaint, coastal town. Carrying out soil research through beautiful forests and parks in the Western United States and almost to Russia for a serpentine ecology conference (canceled due to pandemic). Taking some time off from school to help refugees establish community gardens in Salt Lake City through IRC’s New Roots program. I’ve found that the best experiences involve doing what you love, matching your values, and making a difference for the better. This adventure hits all three and what better way than to do it with my best friends! Upon returning, I plan to start a humble farm with friends and finish up my undergraduate studies in Environmental Earth and Soil Science. I hope to use my knowledge to tackle disparities in global food security and spark change for a more just and equitable society.
joe here! hehe
This spring, I graduated from Cal Poly with a major in Physics and a minor in Philosophy! My time here was spent working at the climbing wall on campus, traveling on the weekends, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. I was involved in the Climbing Club on campus as the Safety Director (woop woop!) and although the club is new and in it's early stages, I can't wait to see how it evolves over the coming years. Over the past few years, I've come to realize how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and I've been surrounded by individuals who are pushing limits in their own ways. Whether that be by traveling across the country for college, climbing big walls in Yosemite, or trying to discover where my passion lie, the importance of taking on the unknown has become a necessity. I've been lucky enough to fall into an amazing group of friends here in SLO and these people have pushed me to become the person I am today. I've been able to see the state of California in all its beauty with these people, and now it's time to take on our biggest human-powered adventure yet!
In September of this year I will begin my fifth year at Cal Poly, majoring in Biology and minoring in Statistics. During my time in college I have been involved with the Zero Waste Club and spending my free time playing in a band. I have always loved biking and the joy of taking yourself somewhere with your own two legs. Since I haven't owned a car in college biking has become my primary mode of transportation. The idea of a bike tour seemed far fetched, but the gap of time that has been cleared in my life has lead me to believe biking will be the perfect way to take time to separate myself and travel to unknown places, without the use of fuel and burning of greenhouse gases. I have never been north of lake Tahoe and I can't think of a better way to crawl up towards Vancouver, enjoying every view of wild territory I can get.