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Biking for a Better World trucking along

Alex Close
Sierra Sun

The crew at Biking for a Better World is nearly a month into its journey from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and will most likely cross into the United States any day now, with the last post on their Web site coming from central British Columbia.

After team member Sam Skrocke successfully summited Mount McKinley, he met up with Jake Spero, John Witherspoon and Duncan Sisson and the four-man team started riding south. The group is raising money to help build a school in an underdeveloped town in Nicaragua, which they will pedal through on their nine-month journey to the tip of South America.

The team has currently given $12,000 to Building with Books, the non-profit partner building the Nicaraguan school. Biking for a Better World has $6,000 to raise before meeting its goal.

Through the remainder of their ride, the team members will use the trip to meet as many people as they can and spread the word about their cause.

On Aug. 11 the quartet will ride into San Francisco, where they will have a reception party on the lawns of the Yacht Club. Interested riders are invited to join the team in that day’s ride, most likely from Point Reyes into the city.

Jake Spero posted this entry July 12 on the group’s Web site, http://www.bikingforabetterworld.org:

Hi everyone … Jake here, in Vanderhoof, British Columbia at the air-conditioned public library digesting lunch….mmmmm….2 cheeseburgers, 3 root beers, fries and onion rings. We just never stop eating! It’s been hot and dry out there as we’ve dropped east out of the coastal mountains and onto the central plateau of BC ” rolling hills of farmland and lush forest ” much like upstate New York. We are camped out at a flooded campground which is now closed since the river got too high. We trudged through the knee-deep water to get to an elevated gazebo meant for birdwatching but which has now become our home for the night. We’ve done over 400 miles in the last five days as we push to make Vancouver and then back into the states. The train is moving fast now. We are becoming quite a unit both on the road and off. With Sam as our engine we are killing it. We’re getting good at what we do and learning new tricks all the time. Right now my legs are sore and tired, its hot, humid and, yes, my butt hurts. But the mosquito population is dwindling as we move east and south and I’ll take any inconvenience if it means getting rid of them. Feels good to be getting back near the states… We’ll see many of you in San Francisco on August 11th… Cheers… Jake.

For more information about Biking for a Better World, to make donations or to see the team’s progress, visit http://www.bikingforabetterworld.org.