Spring is almost here and our cycling tour students are excited about finalizing the tour route and getting out on the road. Of course two nor’ easters in the past two weeks isn’t helping any. Hopefully, the snow will melt soon. We’ve spent the winter doing team building exercises and learning more about how global social, political, and economic systems are impacted by bicycles. We even had a visit from Valley News reporter Jared Pendak who published an article back in January about our trip! Check it out here: Valley News Article
We are more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $10,000 thanks to the generosity of the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the White Mountain Wheel Women, and many friends and family. April will hopefully bring positive news of a NEA Foundation Grant. Please check out our gofundme page if you wish to donate. Rivendell’s Cycling Trip to Quebec City
Winter Cycling Tour Meeting
We survived the “bomb cyclone” snowstorm here in western New Hampshire and the temperature today is a balmy 3F (-13F with the wind chill) but I’ll ignore that. This is much warmer than Monday’s low of -29F. What better thing to focus on in my Global Studies class than studying the importance of bicycles and planning a June cycling tour?
This term my high school Global Studies class is focused on the importance of bicycles in the global community. People ride bikes for sport, health, transportation, education, commerce, medical care, among myriad other reasons. What sparked this focus in my colleague, Story Graves, wanting to organize a student cycling tour to Canada. I had an open block where I needed to teach a class this term so we offered a Global Studies class that culimates in a June cycling tour from Orford, NH to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Students actually signed up for the class and some have already committed to training and fundraising for the 600-mile round trip ride. Our goal for the tour is to challenge and inspire student learning, confidence, and global awareness.
While I have been riding bikes as a triathlete for past 10 years, I had not deeply considered how important bikes are for everyday life in many parts of the world. Living in a rural area means that I drive. EVERYWHERE. My bike is used solely for workouts, racing, or social events. I even drive my bike to places where I want to ride. Teaching this class has opened the door to a new emphasis on cycling as life for millions of people worldwide.
Here is one story that changed my thinking. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates on our learning and global cycling adventure.