As you, our loyal readers know, between in 2013 and 2014 Jane and I rode our Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycles 16,000 km through 22 countries. It was an incredible opportunity to meet people where they live and work and to get to know the world better.
We never had any trouble with crime on the entire trip.
Then I went to Los Angeles…
Last week, my bike was stolen from La Brea at Beverley in the middle of the afternoon. Heartbreaking.
I feel like Bruce McCulloch from Kids in the Hall felt when someone stole his front wheel.
Many people offered to help fund a new bike for me, which is kind, and generous, and I appreciate the offer. But, the truth is, I can afford a new bike.
Instead of helping me buy a bike, you could buy a bike for a little girl in Vietnam. For a Vietnamese girl, owning a bike can mean the difference between a safe ride to school and never getting an education at all.
The money will go to 100 Bikes For 100 Girls, a charity that provides bicycles and training in bike maintenance for young girls in Vietnam.
If we raise $1000 that equals 20 bicycles. $2000 means 40 Vietnamese girls will get new bikes. (I have set a goal of $2000 because that is roughly what it would cost to replace my bike.)
That would be AMAZING.
This is my thinking: if you have the money to help me, a fairly privileged Westerner, you have the money to help someone with a greater need. If the theft of my bike can help a group of young girls in Vietnam get an education, then it makes the hassle and the heartache worthwhile.