The COVID-19 shutdown was a curse and a blessing for 22-year-old Liam Carr and 24-year-old Timothee Leger.
Each misplaced their jobs and Carr dropped out of college when all his faculty courses went on-line. Now the 2 Canadians are taking to the street to unfold consciousness and lift cash for a trigger near their hearts.
Information 25’s Grace Boyles speaks with the Pink Snowbirds throughout their pit cease in Go Christian to find out about their journey and the explanation they launched into it.
Two Canadians, two bicycles, a canine, and a 6,000-mile trek appears like an journey novel. Nonetheless, there’s nothing fictional about childhood pals Liam Carr and Timothee Leger teaming up for a biking expedition throughout america to boost cash and consciousness for breast most cancers, a illness that affected Carr’s household. “The inspiration actually got here from my mother. She had breast most cancers about 5 years in the past.”
Regardless of COVID-19 journey restrictions not permitting Carr and Leger to bike throughout the border, the duo was nonetheless capable of get journey visas so that they packed up their bikes in containers and flew to Portland, Maine to start their journey to California. “We constructed the bikes and took a swig of some maple whiskey that we introduced and biked out and camped on a seaside that evening the place we misplaced a number of of our tent pegs proper off the bat as a result of we didn’t examine the tides correctly.”
“We have been about to sail down the Coast as a substitute of biking.”
“Truthfully, yeah. It could’ve been loads simpler.”
On the subject of gear, lodging, and meals the biking duo attempt to hold every thing value environment friendly whether or not which means shopping for bikes out of the again of somebody’s van, tenting of their two-man tent, or cooking their meals over a small burner range. “They are saying you’ll be able to have the champagne and caviar version of touring and we’re a bit nearer to the rice and beans, like down right here.”
“We are actually the rice and beans as a result of it’s been a variety of our food plan thus far.”
Whereas biking throughout Florida, the Pink Snowbirds welcomed a 3rd member to their street journey: Brody, a stray pet that they now pull in a motorbike trailer that was donated to them. “You already know, the larger he will get the larger our legs must get to tug him, however all of the extra to like.”
After a three-day pit cease in Go Christian, the Pink Snowbirds are headed out Tuesday morning to complete their second half of their journey. Though the 2 cyclists are solely midway by means of their trek, they’ve already discovered a lifetime of classes in simply 4 months. “I imply it’s fairly cliché to say, however take time to scent the flowers by the aspect of the street. I assume all of the flowers are frozen at this level, however you realize take time to fulfill the locals, style the meals and actually expertise the hospitality, don’t simply bike by it.”
A hundred percent of the funds raised by Pink Snowbirds will go to the Pink Fund in Michigan the place the cash will then be distributed to most cancers sufferers and their households to assist pay for any bills that should be paid. If you need to donate to the Pink Snowbirds you are able to do so by clicking right here.