That's a lot of miles
July 9, 2007 8:19 PM   Subscribe

Cycling for a cause is the project/site of Canadian college student Michal Brichacek. On May 3rd of this year he set out from Alaska on his bike, aiming to ride all 12,000km (7440 miles) by early August. He's riding to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and he's over halfway done, currently riding across a hot Mexico landscape. His blog has his daily adventures (mostly about having to look for tent spots, supplies, and meeting interesting strangers). He's also posting daily photos of the trip.
posted by mathowie (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Bet he could use a roadbag. Seriously, though, that looks like one helluva hard ride. And it's for one helluva good cause. Good for him. Well worth a donation.
posted by scblackman at 8:26 PM on July 9, 2007

Did we kill it Matt? None of the links work for me. :(
posted by The Deej at 8:34 PM on July 9, 2007

I quite enjoyed this. Almost inspires me to do something crazy but strangely cool. Some day...
posted by Octoparrot at 8:37 PM on July 9, 2007

A friend of mine is doing something similar, from the Puget Sound to Brooklyn NY. Riding solo, he's been posting a blog with updates almost daily, photos included. He's riding for the American Cancer Society to raise money in honor of his mother.
posted by jivadravya at 8:50 PM on July 9, 2007

Leaving Alaska in May he's likely to be snowed on, poor guy. And so much of the ALCAN is really poor road, too. It'll be a beautiful ride, though. There were some places heartbreakingly beautiful on that route.

Luckily, I got to drive it twice on the government's dime.
posted by Elsbet at 9:00 PM on July 9, 2007

I've always wanted to, um, drive the Alaska Highway, preferably in a well-stocked 4x4. Taking it on a bike ... mmmkay.

I no technophobe -- I can grok blog posting from darkest Canada -- but I had trouble with catching up on Lost.
posted by dhartung at 9:49 PM on July 9, 2007

That's a lot of miles

That's a lot of fun, too, which I suppose is why he's doing that rather than washing cars or waiting tables for 100USD a day for charity.
posted by pracowity at 12:40 AM on July 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

pracowity. Ha. Good point! Having seen so many of these my-amazing-journey-in-aid-of-a-good-cause blogs, I think I'd be more inclined to read someone writing about someone doing menial jobs for charity.
posted by rhymer at 1:33 AM on July 10, 2007

A friend of mine biked Vancouver to London, Ontario. The funniest part was that his mesh backed cyclying gloves resulted in really dark and defined tan dots on the back of his hands.

I've always wanted to do a cross country ride like the Tour de Canada but have either been short on time or money. Now that I am in England the cross country part is much easier.

I've found the hardest part of long range cycling is fuel. Even just long distance commuter cycling there have been times, at the end of a summer, when I feel that my body is eating itself.
posted by srboisvert at 2:19 AM on July 10, 2007

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