Cycling coast-to-coast across the U.S. is a fun adventure, albeit a relatively common one. Because of the great infrastructure here in the states, this isn’t quite as difficult as say, riding across Africa. Still, it is a fantastic endeavor none the less and the freedom of the open road calls to many riders on an annual basis. But this year, one rider has found a unique approach to his cross-country adventure as he not only looks to pedal across America, but do so with as minimal of an impact on the environment as possible.
Rob Greenfield set out from San Francisco on April 22 – Earth Day – on what he calls his Off The Grid Across America Adventure. His journey will take him through 19 states and take approximately three months to complete, covering 4500 miles (7242 km) in the process. All of that is standard fare for this kind of long distance ride of course, but what sets Rob’s efforts apart is his sustainable approach to this adventure. For instance, he will only be using electricity that is gained through alternate energy sources such as solar or that which is generated while he is pedaling his bike. He also intends to use only natural water sources and will be creating almost zero trash along the way. Greenfield is also committed to eating only locally sourced, organic foods, composting all of his food waste products and shopping only at businesses that show a commitment toward creating a healthy planet.
Rob is now two and a half weeks into his ride and has been blogging his progress regularly. You can follow along as he makes his way across the U.S. this summer, eventually ending the journey in Waitsfield, Vermont at the headquarters for the 1% for the Planet organization. He hopes to raise $10,000 for that non-profit through his efforts.
Good luck Rob!
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