Malkolm is cycling on! He is now cycling from Alaska to Washington DC, and then continuing on to the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun in December.
It all started with Bird Year, Malkolm and his parents' year-long, fossil-fuel-free journey in search of birds. Cycling a total of 13,133 miles (21,144 km), they identified 548 different bird species and raised more than $25,000 for bird conservation. Bird Year turned them into confirmed cyclists and taught them that climate change was more serious than they had thought.
In 2009, Malkolm biked from Whitehorse to Ottawa as a part of Pedal for the Planet: the project called for the Canadian Government to become a leader in the struggle to come to grips with climate change. The Harper Government did not even meet with the young cyclists.
Malkolm is now 18 and just finished high school. On August 24, he dipped his foot in the Pacific Ocean in Skagway, Alaska. Then headed up and over the White Pass to the Alaska Highway on his journey to Washington and on to Cancun.



Friday, June 27, 2008

You know it ain't easy . . . (Ken)



We thought that the challenging part of Bird Year was behind us. We’d survived January’s bitter cold and headwinds. We’d dodged drug-runners and illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande. We’d coped with the searing Texas heat. We should have known that we faced one more hurdle: getting home from Big Bend.

We didn’t have time to cycle since Malkolm has to be back for Grade 11 at the end of August. We knew that jetting north would be the least fossil-fuel-friendly. Eventually we decided to take a Greyhound bus to Albuquerque, a train to Vancouver and a ferry to Skagway, Alaska. Then we could ride 110 miles over the White Pass back home to Whitehorse.

We quickly learned that ground transportation isn’t as easy as it sounds. When we tried to switch busses in Fort Stockton, the driver calmly informed us that the bus was full. It didn’t seem to matter that we had reservations. In El Paso, our bikes and duffle bags were almost left behind. Today we learned that our train is 6 hours late. We don’t know what that means for our connections, and no one is answering the phone at Amtrak.

I wish we were still cycling.

3 comments:

Parus said...

Wow, you guys still have some traveling to do. I was wondering how you were going to get back home.
I would have shipped the bikes I think and flown back but..... Hope you make it home safely. You've had a wonderful year!!

I think I'll be headed up your way next summer when I go to Alaska. mayhap we can meet up.

until then, Happy Birding!

Bird Year said...

Yeah, we are trying to get home in a less carbon-intensive way than flying. It is more challenging - slower, harder to sleep - but has advantages. It was fun to go right past places we biked (north of LA), and good to see the west coast up close again. We realized how much easier it is to bike there, compared to Texas,Louisiana,Alabama,Mississippi, Florida.

Bird Year said...

Yeah, we are trying to get home in a less carbon-intensive way than flying. It is more challenging - slower, harder to sleep - but has advantages. It was fun to go right past places we biked (north of LA), and good to see the west coast up close again. We realized how much easier it is to bike there, compared to Texas,Louisiana,Alabama,Mississippi, Florida.