October 15, 2008 Meals on Wheels is a term with which most of us are familiar, but it took on a whole new meaning for me when I read a recap of the recent Sea to Sea bicycling trip designed to raise hunger awareness and help break the cycle.
Imag-ine, if you will, grocery shopping for cyclists traveling 3,881 miles. Not all did the entire trip, but just the same, the average daily grocery list looked something like this: 20 gallons of milk, 11 gallons of juice, 30 loaves of bread, seven pounds of peanut butter, 360 energy and granola bars, and much more. And that didn't include the groceries for the dinners. Think now how it would work to prepare the dinners in a mobile kitchen after sleep-ing on the ground in a tent every night, which was the job description of several people who traveled with the group.
I'm told that, besides that breakdown of grocery lists, often meals were prepared for the group by supporters along the way.
Some other facts about the trip:
Longest day - 113 miles
Most flat tires in a day - 36
Most flats for a single rider -28
Cyclists who biked the entire tour - 120
Total cyclists - 220
Was hunger awareness accomplished? Yes!
Were funds raised? Yes! 2.1 million dollars!
Were there obstacles? Definitely.
Was it an adventure of a lifetime? Without a doubt. Ask anyone who went!