By Danette Knickmeier
For two days I traveled to get to the start of the Climate Ride. The first day was from Minneapolis to San Francisco on a slightly delayed flight, and a long airport shuttle ride in rush hour traffic to my hotel. The second was San Fran to Fortuna on a 7-hour shuttle bus with my fellow riders that mostly travelled up Hwy 101 through winding, twisting, and turning roads, wreaking a fair amount of havoc on my motion-sickness-prone stomach. I wanted to look at all the scenery, but had to keep my eyes closed for most of the trip.
Fortunately, our Day 1 route took us back through some of that same terrain, only this time on a bike. Especially memorable was Avenue of the Giants – the road that’s home to dozens of miles of the most breathtaking ancient redwoods in existence. I read that the oldest ones are around 2,200 years old. It was an experience that bordered on spiritual that I will never forget.
Tonight our evening program was an ignite-style event with 20 of the ride beneficiaries from the area talking for 3 minutes each about their organization. Being surrounded by so many people who are so passionate about what they do every day to make the earth a better place was truly inspiring.
I am so lucky to be here and I’m looking forward to another memorable ride tomorrow. I’m told we’re in for some pretty big hills. Something I’m way too tired to be concerned about at this very moment.