Memorial Day, 2:35pm: Reporters from 69 News show up to get a story about my bike ride. They also film me riding on my street and on the Muhlenberg Rail Trail.
Memorial Day, 5:30pm: 69 News Berks airs a special on my ride!
Check it out here.
The Boy Scouts of America took a step forward last Thursday when they lifted the ban on openly gay youth in the organization. Openly gay adults and leaders are still forbidden, but the this decision has caused a stir and the forces at work behind it are continuing their fight against prejudice and inequality. It is only a matter of time now. Keep on keepin’ on!
Hey All! It is getting so close to departure time! My pre-ride fundraising efforts are coming to a close – I just surpassed my fundraising goal and I am on the path to raise over $8,000! The last few weeks have been crazy with finals, graduation, and a big ramp-up in training. But it is almost here…I leave for Baltimore in a week and my first ride is next Sunday. I cannot believe it has come so fast!
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I was just featured on SURGE, Gettysburg College’s student blog about justice and equity. “FEARLESS FRIDAY celebrates individuals, groups, or events that promote change or challenge injustice.”
Fearless Friday celebrates individuals, groups, or events that promote change or challenge injustice.
This summer, recent graduate Kevin Lugo will bike over 4,000 miles across the country to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. His choice to bike for seventy days from Baltimore to Seattle makes him fearless! His goal is to raise $7,476 for the organization, and he reached that goal last night (although more donations are always welcome in support of fighting cancer)! Kevin explains that when he studied abroad in Denmark in the fall of 2011, he “fell in love with sustainable transportation, especially cycling.” Not only does his fearless endeavor raise money to fight cancer, but he is also supporting healthy environmental practices.
In this 4K For Cancer, Kevin will be pedaling between 50 and 120 miles a day on a thirty person team and he will be stopping regularly for various…
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Thought this was an interesting tidbit, especially after a bunch of people complained that I took my shirt off during Springfest, Gettysburg College’s annual spring celebration. So what if we were not at the beach or it was not 100 degrees…does it need to be specific circumstances for me to remove my shirt (apparently it does)? And when women remark about not being able to take their shirts off I usually say something along the lines of “Well, you could. The only things stopping you are norms society has created.” Looks like I am not the only one who feels that way!
It is interesting – as I am about to graduate tomorrow I am looking back on my time in college and wondering if I have made the most of my time here. What would I do differently, if I could? How would I change my own experience and my own education? There is a lot of power there – power in the choices we make and the way we differentiate between our expressed and operative values. I have often thought about how the mainstream campus culture has not been exactly perfect for me or how I classes frustrate me and sometimes feel like a of waste my time.
If you clicked on this link, it’s probably fair to say you think something needs to change. I am here to tell you the great news: That something is YOU!
I have known since November that I was going to do this 4K ride, but only recently have I been able to train on my actual 4K bike. The bike itself did not arrive until late March after I reached my first fundraising goal of $4,500 and before that I had mostly been indoors or on the occasional run weather permitting. Since March my rides have been somewhat limited, both by time and my comfort.
But last Friday I got a full fitting on the Guru machine at Bike Doctor in Frederick, MD – wonderful place. The set me up with a new saddle, new higher seat post, and a stem extension. It was overall a wonderful experience, and they even threw in free labor because of my cause! To top it all off they knew I was on a short timeline so they installed my new parts and adjusted my gears/brakes right then and there while I took a lunch trip over to Chipotle I highly recommend this shop! Continue reading
This is so cool…I wish we had done something like this at my elementary school! Seattle organized a Bike to School Day earlier this month and tons of children and teens across the city took to the streets, some commuting in so-called “biking school buses where a large group cycled together. Only time will tell, but I believe this type of programming will have huge impacts on the future of commuting in Seattle. Hopefully these programs will spread! The full article talks more about the walk, and also touches on the evolution of bicycle and walking to school – nearly 50% in 1969 and only 13% today!
Check out the full article