Nov
22

Vancouver to Los Angeles by bike

Clockwise Media co-founder and director, Andrew Harrison (aka Baz), recently took two months off to do an epic cycle ride down the west coast of the United States. Not only did he get to enjoy some well-earned time off after eight years hard at work with Clockwise, he also raised almost £4,000 for Help Refugees.

Here’s what he had to say about his adventure:

On 1 August I flew to Canada to spend two months cycling from Vancouver to LA by bike. The idea was to take some time off but to do something productive and positive. Travelling with my friend Tom, we set ourselves two challenges:

1. Cycle from Vancouver to San Francisco in 17 days

2. Raise £2000 for Help Refugees

In preparation for the 1147-mile cycle, we did the most obvious thing - went to a music festival in the Canadian mountains and partied all weekend!

Nursing post-festival blues, we left Vancouver on 9 August. Seventeen days later, we arrived in San Francisco. So much happened over that time. The kindness of the American people along the way was humbling and sometimes almost overwhelming. Cycling really is an amazing way to meet genuine and lovely people.

 

During the two weeks we experienced eight punctures, fitted three new tyres, endured thousands of feet in climbs, were overtaken by countless logging trucks, and ate serious amounts of peanut butter, as well as taking in some of the most incredible scenery we had ever seen.

We rewarded ourselves with a week at the legendary Burning Man festival. This was Tom’s first visit but my third - and a completely different experience to my previous trips. It’s literally indescribable.

After all that, it was time for Tom to fly home. I spent the following two weeks with my brother,  cycling to LA, then finally coming home back to reality.

The money we raised is going to Help Refugees. The charity is run by volunteers, so every penny is used to buy provisions, shelter and provide other aid as required. You can still donate directly to the charity here.