"One cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide.
those of you that dont know us, our names are Noah Broch and Seth
Hartman and we are rising juniors at Binghamton University and
Washington University in St. Louis. On June 3rd, we will dip our wheels
into the Atlantic Ocean at Rye Beach in New York to commence a six week
cross country bicycle tour with the goal of reaching the Santa Monica
Pacific Pier in Los Angeles, California.
Biking across America
has been a dream of both of ours since we were in Middle School. At the
time, the whole thing seemed like a faraway fantasy, an undertaking of
independence, maturity, and determination that we were not ready for at
all. But it was still fun to pretend. And then earlier this year, we
realized that neither of us had any real plans for the summer and that
this would be the perfect time for making our long-time dream a very
Preparation has been long and strenuous. We have
stressed over every detail and have been saving our own money for
funding a large part of the trip. From daily biking regimens to
researching tips and stories from those who have done this before, we
believe that we are as prepared as we can ever be for biking across the
A large part of preparing is figuring out sleeping
arrangements at each nightly destination. As we will not be staying in
hotels, we will need the help of friends and family for lodging. In
addition we will be camping, utilizing sites like CouchSurfer.com as
well as other community resources (Ex: Churches, Fire Houses, Town Halls
etc.) for getting hosted and taken in for the night.
being our adventure, this trip is not entirely about us. We realized
that this would be a perfect way to increase awareness and support for a
cause that we both care about, which is helping other kids who our not
as fortunate as we are.
Artists for Humanity (AFH) is an amazing
Boston non-profit organization that creates jobs for under-resourced
youth eager to have a voice and make a difference in their community. As
young apprentices, 250+ teens receive mentorship from professional
artists and designers and engage in the creative process – and get paid a
wage and earn commissions for the sale of their work! Local businesses,
organizations, and individuals come to AFH looking for creative
solutions to their design needs and find a profession, youth
perspective. AFH teens deliver an excellent product and learn valuable
skills in the process.
With such an awesome program, you won't be
surprised to read that the demand for a job at AFH is huge - they have a
waiting list of 200+ teens ready to start work. Likewise, business
demand for AFH innovative designs is enormous.Corporations often have to
wait six months to get an AFH-designed orginal!
AFH has come up
with a solution and that is to expand their current youth arts
enterprise facility, the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, adding 52,000
sq. ft. to employ 500+ teens in new technologies in the Northeast’s
first energy positive building.
We would like to thank everyone
who has pledged support to us; we are very grateful and hope that you
all have as much faith in us as we do ourselves.
Link to AFH website: http://afhboston.org/