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Squaw Valley Institute | Pedaling 15,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina

From left: John Witherspoon, Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson biked from the northern most road in Alaska to Argentina. Squaw Valley residents Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson will discuss their eight-month bike journey Oct. 23 at the PlumpJack Conference Center.

Squaw Valley residents Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson will show more than 250 photos of their June 12, 2007 to Feb. 10, 2008 trip, which began at the northernmost road-accessible point in Alaska and ended in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina.

They discuss their eight-month journey Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the PlumpJack Conference Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a no-host bar available. Squaw Valley Institute requests a $10 per person donation at the door. Children under 12 and students with identification are free.

“We learned that when a task seems insurmountable, you have to take things one step at a time,” Spero said. “For us, this could have been broken down all the way to a single mile or even a single pedal stroke. Thinking of Argentina was not always the best motivation for us. We had to focus on the moment, with the enormity of the route somewhere in the back of our minds.”

Motivated by previous fundraising ventures, Spero, Sisson, John Witherspoon and Sam Skrocke became inspired to form their own nonprofit corporation, Biking for a Better World, Inc., in 2006. The ride was the first project of the organization and served as a catalyst to raise nearly $30,000 to fully fund the building of a small school in northern Nicaragua.

Biking for a Better World is a nonprofit organization with a mission to use the universal act of pedaling a bicycle as a means to make the world a better place. For the Alaska to Argentina project, the organization partnered with the nonprofit Building with Books, which has built more than 200 schools around the globe and has 64 after-school programs and five online programs in the United States. For more information, visit bikingforabetterworld.org.

Squaw Valley Institute is a nonprofit organization of residents, businesses and visitors that presents speakers who share their artistic, cultural and educational knowledge to locals and guests of the surrounding Lake Tahoe areas. For more information about this event and Squaw Valley Institute, visit squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 581-4138.

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Squaw Valley Institute presents “Biking for a Better World: Pedaling 15,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina” on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the PlumpJack Conference Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a no host bar available. A $10 donation is requested. Children under 12 and students with identification are free. Visit squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 583-4138.