500 Kindnesses Ride


At our ride’s end: Central Park, NYC!

In July of 2012, Daegan and I did our first, and longest bicycle trip together: the 500 Kindnesses bike ride. The principle was simple, we created a “Charity Bicycle Ride” that required supporters to spend no money. Instead, through an anonymous web form on our site, supporters would pledge to perform a random act of kindness for someone. Our goal was to achieve a total of 500 before we left for New York City on July 1, 2012.

Because Daegan was still only 13 and we would be going through some cities with busy streets, we thought it best to take a tandem bicycle. It turned out to be an excellent choice for multiple reasons. With us on the same bike we could chat the whole way. If we wanted to listen to music I could put it on my iPhone in the back pocket of my jersey and we could both hear it. Especially nice was that we could each give as much effort as we could. If one of us was feeling tired, we didn’t have to push as hard on the pedals. If we were strong, we could push harder and give the other person a break. And if we needed to move quickly? Well we could both push hard.

We were on the road for 25 days of those we rode 19. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing entries from that trip. As they’re posted, they’ll appear below. I hope you enjoy it!