THE FACEBOOK RIDE
In late July 2019 I’ll be spending four days with a global family of community leaders at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, which I’m really lucky to be a part of thanks to my work with SayYesMore.
Afterwards, while everyone heads home by plane and car and train, I’m going to jump on a bicycle of sorts and head east, armed with a pair of legs which are in desperate need of a workout.
On the 1st September I’m leading a small group adventure down the Lower Mississippi River, starting in Memphis, Tennessee, which gives me around 34 days to ride close to 2000 miles from the west coast to the Mississippi. Along the way I’ll use Facebook to find great people to meet, share a coffee or perhaps even spend the night with, and in more remote areas I’ll find two trees to sling a hammock between, before riding on the next morning.
All going well this will become the 16th journey of Expedition1000, a lifetime goal to undertake twenty five journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non motorised transport. Bit by bit I’m now filling in the gaps between previous journeys, slowly linking up twenty five different paths to form a line around our little planet.
In 2011 I rode a tandem bike with a friend between Vancouver and Las Vegas, and later that year I paddled the full length of the Mississippi River and a little bit more. A year later I swam 1001 miles along the Missouri River from Chamberlain in South Dakota to St Louis, and I anticipate that the ride this coming August will cross paths with each of these previous three routes.
I choose these journeys for soul food, as a reminder that we live in a world full of good, kind people and majestic nature worth preserving. I travel slow to keep things cheap, but also because a little challenge never did us any harm. In these adventures I’ve found the greatest riches in life and I’ve learned so much from a long ride, pedal, paddle, skate or plod - far more than I ever did at school.
If you happen to live along the way, somewhere between San Francisco and the Mississippi, I’d love to meet up and find out a little about your life. I can’t guarantee I’ll exactly follow this route, who knows which way the wind will blow, but I’m really looking forward to making my way east later this summer.
TRANSPORT: TO BE CONFIRMED