US$1,235.00raised of $1,100.00 goal goal
Ride for a Cause: Round-the-island of Taiwan
Hi, I'm Ken! And here's my story...
I would like to believe that we weren’t born to just pay bills and die. I'm always inspired to do something meaningful and impactful for a greater environment. My latest project, "Ride for a Cause" promotes zero waste and a minimalistic lifestyle.
Starting from 27th October 2018, I
will be doing a ride round-the-island of Taiwan using just a bicycle to raise funds to benefit our environment and underprivileged children. Just to set expectations upfront, I'm neither a professional cyclist nor a big fan of cycling. Despite that, I'm stepping up to the challenge because it is yet another opportunity for giving back. A challenge I have accepted to ride a total distance of approximately
1100 km in 14 days, bringing with me only the necessities. I would have to carry only a source of light and take no extra during the course in order to complete this challenge.
My plan goes as follow "Rise. Cycle 100 km. Sleep. Repeat."
I’ll cycle from counterclockwise beginning in Taipei. The prevailing north by northwest wind should be at our backs the first half of the ride down the southern tip of the island before crossing into the headwind on the mountainous return route up the eastern side of Taiwan.
My "luggage" for 1100 km within 14 days.
Why zero waste?
"Too ambitions", you may think. Let's talk about plastic. Did you know we are in the middle of a plastic pollution crisis? Plastics constitute approximately 90% of all trash floating on rivers and oceans. An area in our pacific ocean is filled with trash and it is estimated to be 38 times of the size of Taiwan. As a result, 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals are killed annually, including the little creatures - sea turtles. All sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
Not only will our future generations not see this little creature, they may be living in a dark planet as natural resources depletes. You and I may not be able to make a difference overnight, but we can start by making just a small change to our lifestyle. A little gesture goes a long way.
So, let's us be mindful about the waste we generated and would continue to generate by refusing what we do not need, reducing what we need and reusing what we consume. Let's try not to generate any garbage that goes to the ocean and landfills. Make zero waste our lifestyle.
For a wonderful cause
I hope I have inspired you to kick-start a change in your daily routine. You can be part of this global movement that helps to preserve our environment by supporting "Ride for a Cause". I tribute my determination and time in return of your realization that the planet and the children need your help. I am aiming to raise $1100, that is $1 for every kilometer I would cycle. All money raised will go to World Wide Fund for Nature and Humanity Heroes: School of Life for uniforms donation to children.
I promised myself you will get posted on my journey. Please leave me your thoughts and comment below so I know who shares my passion. Your support and motivation from helping this cause will be instrumental in helping me get through those long and windy miles. Help me realize this by taking me to the finishing life - where I begin.
Your passion drives me.
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I have arrived home (Total 1,040.7 km in 15 days)Update posted by Ken Leong at 08:34 am
It was initially just another men’s trip when I decided to go for this trip few months ago. I thought driving is too fast, walking is too slow but changing our speed and perspective at a speed of 20 km/h on a bicycle we can explore the natural beauty and. . . . .
Day 15 (11 Nov): 瑞芳(Ruifang) - 臺北(Taipei) 36.3km.Update posted by CSR Go Green at 09:25 am
Mission accomplished - Total 1,040.7km in 15days. Average 69.38km/day.
Day 14 (9 Nov): Dali to Ruifang (大里 - 瑞芳) - 39.3kmUpdate posted by CSR Go Green at 04:47 pm
Taipei is not far away, instead of rushing towards the end, we slowed down and enjoyed the ride as much as we can. We started around 10am, it started to rain. Had early lunch around 12:30pm, the shower turned into drizzle. Kept riding, reached hostel in Ruifang at 5pm. Settled
Day 14 (9 Nov) : Taroko to Heping Railway Station to Yilan to Dali (太魯閣 - 和平車站 - 宜蘭 - 大里) - 75.2kmUpdate posted by CSR Go Green at 04:33 pm
We left Taroko in the morning, rode on the Suhua Highway which is notorious for dark tunnels, big trucks, steep cliffs. It was dangerous yet scenic ride. As planned, we caught up with Lou, a very nice gentleman that we met along the journey, detoured from the highway, took train
Day 13 (8 Nov) - 花蓮(HuaLian) to 太魯閣國家公園 (Taroko National Park) (43 km)Update posted by CSR Go Green at 09:31 am
Challenging ride through the tunnel but great experience.
Day 12 (7 Nov) - RuiSui to GuangFu to HuaLian (瑞穗 - 光復 - 花莲) (67.4 km)Update posted by CSR Go Green at 09:29 am
Day 11 (6 Nov) - Guan Shan to ChiSang to RuiSui (關山 - 池上 - 瑞穗) （66.8 km）Update posted by CSR Go Green at 09:25 am
Day 10 (5 Nov) - Taimali to Taitung to Guanshan (太麻理 - 台東 - 関山) 68kmUpdate posted by CSR Go Green at 04:11 pm
Waking up on the beach and live ...
Day 9 (4 Nov): Xuhai to Shouka to Taimali (旭海 - 壽卡 -太麻里) - 74.7kmUpdate posted by CSR Go Green at 03:37 pm
We have finally conquered the legendary Shouka climb!The highest climb of Taiwan Cycling Route is the Shouka climb, which rises nearly 460 m (1640.42 ft) up the Southern Taiwanese mountains, with the 28km of hill ridingAfter that we proceed to South-Link Highway(Nanhui 南回 Road), is a dark uphill route, extremely
Day 7: Kenting to Xuhai (墾丁- 旭海) - 60.3kmUpdate posted by CSR Go Green at 03:01 pm
We are half way through of our journey! Climbing up from the Southernmost point of Taiwan, stopped by and camped nearby a hotspring, getting ready for the legendary Shouka (壽卡) hill climbing the next day! 💪
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