Mike and I are considering going to Japan next year as a way to finalize the Cali Cares journey. The idea came to us when we heard about this opportunity:
Japan Tourism Agency to give out 10,000 flights to would be tourists
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to ask would-be travellers to submit online applications for the free flights, detailing which areas of the country they would like to visit, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.
The agency will select the successful entrants and ask them to write a report about their trip which will be published on the internet.
Needless to say, we were going crazy over the idea of actually going to Japan. After researching this news more I found out that this opportunity is not a for sure thing yet. In any case, Mike has been editing the video footage from his trip and is making a short video. We plan on submiting this, with our personal interviews, and crossing our fingers.
I get the goosebumps thinking about Mike being able to ride a stretch of the Japanese coast on the same bike he road down our coast. I can’t think of a more fitting end for this journey.
For more on the travel opportunity check out this article from the Telegraph.
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.
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”.
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.”
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
First & foremost I have to thank Jessica, Jorge & Amanda in San Fran for their generous hospitality! You guys gave me some much needed R&R. I meet these great people in the city and they felt compelled to support the Cali Cares journey by offering me a delicious meal.
Last night I had to stealth camp again on the road, right alongside the ocean. Just before bed I went down to the beach & meditated. I listened to the waves & thought of everyone I know & every single thing I own. Then I thought of losing all of it. Those thoughts made me appreciate the things I have taken for granted. Be thankful you have a home, it might be a tiny apartment but you have a roof over your head. Your car might not be a BMW but at least you have one. Heat, water, warm clothes- these were things that got abruptly and permanently taken from people after the earthquake and tsunami. So next time you’re feeling like you don’t have much, think that you have enough 🙂 Happy birthday mom & happy fathers day to all you Dads out there!!!
The view from my stealthy camp sight.
Well I made it to wonderful San Francisco & it couldn’t be any nicer here! I’m making some breakfast right now (so glad it’s not oatmeal for the 10th day in row)! I plan on walking around Japan town & some of the schools to promote CaliCares. If anybody has some suggestions where to go I’m all ears.