Monthly Archives: June 2011

On the road again…

Although the convenience of my Mother’s couch & kitchen were great I felt a bit “out of my element”. I genuinely missed the open road, wind in my hair & the ride itself. As I sat on the early train bound for Santa Barbara I couldn’t help but think if the relaxing time off had made me “soft”. Eleanor gave me a couple hiccups leaving Santa Barbara but the motion & rhythm soon returned- it was just like riding a bike (pun intended). I’d like to thank Tammy from The Signal for taking the time to talk with Zane & I, we all hope her article will raise some awareness & momentum. I also have to thank Cody & Kelsey for the delicious homemade tacos & comfy couch in their charming Oxnard sea cottage. Today the ride consists of rolling seaside hills through Malibu on down to Marina del Rey where I’ll spend my last night away from home. This is the time where I’ll have to start to transition back into “normal” society- wish me luck!





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Making the Paper!

While Mike rested over the weekend he met with Tammy Marashlian, a senior writer with the Signal newspaper. They discussed how Cali Cares came about and what it has become….

The Signal Article 

Mike will be getting back on the road today so expect a new post soon as he continues his journey.  That lucky guy is probably enjoying some lovely Santa Barbara weather right now.  It’s a far cry from the damp days he spent in the Redwoods!  Stay tuned over the next week as his bike ride comes to an end.

Fundraising update!  So far we have collected 170.00 dollars for Doctors without Borders.  We thank everyone who has given generously.

Our goal is to raise 840 dollars.  This amount equals one dollar for each mile of California’s coastline.  Mike and I have decided to leave the donation link open until July 11th; four months to the day after the disaster.  Check out the *CARE* page for more information.


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R & R

Hey everyone- hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been taking the weekend off to rest my knee & shoulder- they were starting to slow me down. However I’ll soon be back on the open road, posting more stories & pictures! Have a great weekend!

“May you always be close to someone who cares”. – Michael

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Japan. Three months after the earthquake.

Mike has been out on the road for over two weeks, meeting people on our coast, and talking to them about the devastation that Japan’s coast experienced.  We all probably remember news footage of entire towns being washed away, skyscrapers in Tokyo swaying like leaves of grass, and the Fukushima reactor nearing meltdown.  It has been just over three months since the earthquake and a lot of progress has been made.  However, there remains a lot more work to do, and judging from these pictures, life on Japan’s coast may never be the same.

But, there will be life.

It is amazing to see how much the Japanese people have accomplished in three months.  When entire cities lay in ruins it is truly a stoic act to carry on, to plan for the future, and for the children who will one day inhabit the coastline again.

There are so many organizations and people involved in this recovery process that they all deserve our support.  For this reason, we developed the *CARE* page.  There you will find ways to contribute towards organizations which have supplied the Japanese people with comfort, food, clothes, shelters, mental health counseling, and even temporary hospitals.

If you would like to see more pictures of the recovery process visit this link to


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Hospitality turns 180*

I woke up today in the cold dense fog surrounding Hearst castle, and rode a wobbly bike into Cambria. Had the best breakfast yet @ The Redwood cafe with the best server yet Wendi. She served up the right amount of coffee & sarcasm to get my day going! Then we rode into wonderful San Louis Obispo where I got to visit with my sweet cousin Rachel- & she hooked it up with delicious cornbread that fueled me to beautiful Shell Beach. Once here a lovely couple John & Donna (whom before 7 o’clock today where complete strangers) invited me into their home, cooked me an incredible homemade dinner, a hot shower & a comfy couch to crash on! There are so many great people I’ve encountered that inspire me to pay it forward.

“Together we are what we can’t be alone”.





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Big Sur is sure big!

There is something special about testing yourself – pushing yourself to the limit and finding out what you’re capable of accomplishing. Today it was the breathtaking climb through Big Sur. I meet 2 really cool guys ( John & Dave) from St. Louis, they’re only 20 so these young bucks are keeping me going @ “20 year old energy level.”

Maybe today you can challenge yourself to do something difficult & feel the great feeling of accomplishment. I want to say a quick thanks to Marli, who I only spoke with momentarily but gave me some good positive energy & she seemed to want to support Cali Cares. I’m headed to Pismo Beach tonight after my bike gets a little TLC.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”





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Big Sur

Hey Everyone,

I just briefly spoke with Mike. He is feeling good and ready to ride.  On the other hand Eleanor (his bike) needs some work… Yesterday he was peddling along and all of a sudden he rode off of an “invisible curb.”  His back tire came down hard, a few spokes broke, and now the back tire has some ‘wobble’ in it.  Luckily, he kept control and remained on his seat!  However, before he can get any repairs done, he has to make it through Big Sur.

He made some friends (no surprise there) and they are hitting the most difficult roads Big Sur has to offer today.  Naturally, I wanted him to post what he is experiencing as he is riding, but he reminded me how dangerous that could be.  So, he will try to post later, when he reaches Hearst Castle!  For now enjoy the pictures of Big Sur from this travel blog so you can get a better idea of what Mike is seeing today.

Wish me luck!

Donation Update: Since we started the *CARE* donation page one week ago we have raised $105 for Doctors without Borders!  Thank you to everyone who has donated, your gift will make a difference in someones life when they need help the most.

  “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo F. Buscaglia


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