Iโ€™m bicycling across America (COAST to COAST from Stone Harbor, NJ to Los Angeles, CA). ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ This solo journey down the east coast and across the country will total about 3,600 miles.

Iโ€™m riding in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for Bell Socialization (which runs the family homeless shelter in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania). Please click on the following link if you wish to donate. **(All donations are tax deductible and go straight from GoFundMe to Bell). https://gofund.me/5b660142 . I have a special place in my heart for Bell Socialization because I worked at their family homeless shelter in my 20โ€™s and was so impressed with the incredible work they do in our community.

Unfortunately, the community’s need exceeds Bell’s current capacity. Bell’s family homeless shelter is forced to turn away 50 – 100 families PER MONTH in the winter time (700 families per year) due to lack of space. Some of these families with children end up sleeping in their car.

Bell offers housing and basic living support through mental health, intellectual disability and shelter service departments towards its vision of a community where people are valued and respected and live with dignity.

Hereโ€™s a short local Fox 43 TV news video clip that gives a good overview of this coast to coast bicycle ride fundraiser and the charity for which Iโ€™m riding: https://www.fox43.com/mobile/article/news/local/york-county-man-biking-across-the-country-to-raise-money-for-bell-socialization/521-0da649dc-48bb-4053-a4c2-7dde9b59e747?fbclid=IwAR2XGpbTP1JN_RCTKU3wJLQ2VorxOqTvSRc3x8EIwn98XCMLIuTqHD9Q6CQ

Website for this COASTtoCOASTbicycleride: http://www.thisclearbluesky.com

Like this page on facebook to follow along on the journey. Itโ€™s 100% devoted to this bicycle ride just like the other social media links below. โ€ https://www.facebook.com/coasttocoastbicycleride/

Instagram: @billswartz3

Twitter: @clearblueskynow

#COASTtoCOASTbicycleride

Bill Swartz

billswartz@mac.com

Note 1:

I am taking this journey as inexpensively as possible (mostly staying in a tent in state parks and campgrounds). Iโ€™m mostly eating freeze-dried camp food (which is actually pretty delicious and nutritious these days).

Note 2:

I was originally going to head due west starting in Roanoke, Virginia, but I decided to head further south to Atlanta area first so that my nights in my tent as I head west will be warmer.

Note 3:

No records being set here. ๐Ÿ™‚ No heavy mileage with all this weight in my panniers. Biggest day so far around 60 miles and I take lots of rest breaks (during the day and between riding days). I’m 51 so I take plenty of time and listen to my body when it wants to recover.

I know this is probably the only time Iโ€™ll take a trip of this scope in my life and Iโ€™m very grateful for the opportunity at age 51 to do this. So Iโ€™m enjoying immersing myself in nature and am drinking in the journey. Iโ€™m exploring the mountains, lakes, rivers and towns in a socially distanced manner. Taking time to write. Taking lots of pictures. Participating virtually in community efforts in York County to advocate for countywide human relations commission and countywide health department etc. as possible. And spending lots of time dealing with the daily basics of life on the road (navigating and planning routes, cooking food, finding a place to pitch my tent for the night).

Note 4:

Iโ€™m riding a regular bicycle, not an โ€œeโ€ bike.

All the best to everyone. Thanks for following along on this adventure!

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