Climate Riders crossed the Mason Dixon Line today, entering their fourth state since leaving Brooklyn four days and 230 miles ago.
Day Four was Bike to Work Day, where Climate Riders donned their best work clothes to pedal the most challenging and hilly 65 miles of the ride, demonstrating support for biking to work. The message is simple: if we can ride 68.7 miles in work clothes, Americans could probably handle pedaling a few miles to get to the office.
After crossing the Might Susquehanna River, riders arrived at the marking of the Mason Dixon Line – they had reached their fourth state since leaving Brooklyn four days and 230 miles ago.
With every obstacle we take on in life, there is a gain or reward for overcoming adversity. For many riders who had never taken on such a challenge before, today was difficult. But there were some amazing sights to be seen, and quite a number of fun descents that allowed weary legs some respite. Riders reached out to one another today – those who were in close proximity of each other ascending the most challenging hills now hold a special bond. And the Ride Leader staff, knowing today would be hard, had chalked messages on the most challenging hills. One read “Yes You Can.”
Pedaling through Maryland farm country, riders made friends with all sorts of creatures grazing in paddocks!
After another delicious lunch spread laid out by the always-smiling and gracious Ride Leader Crew, the cyclists departed for the final lodging on the ride – the eco-conscious Pearlstone Retreat Center.
The speakers for Night Four included the provocative Gernot Wagner from the Environmental Defense Fund who was frank with riders: climate change is a serious threat and acting as individuals by changing light bulbs and composting will not save planet. We need collective meaningful action quickly and he thanked Climate Riders for participating to raise awareness and funds and for lobbying our elected officials.
Next up was the dynamic and entertaining Cy Maramangalam of the Alliance for Climate Education. He demonstrated the high-energy multimedia presentations that ACE presents to high school students about climate change. Last, but certainly not least, Riders cheered on the wonderful, supportive Ride Leader crew who helped with all the behind the scene logistics of getting 200 cyclists from Brooklyn to D.C.
Before heading down to the bonfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy the star studded sky for one last night, Kip Pierson, official ride photographer, wowed everyone with his incredible images from the past four days. Climate Riders are able to pre-order the DVD with all the images and we guarantee that there will be images of everyone on it!