FULL MOON, BEACHFLYER, WASHINGTON MONUMENT!

Hey team!!! Well, after hours of sanding and filing the BeachFlyer I got on the road and hit 4000 miles at the Washington monument. It has been my ride or bye since day one. Once again I pushed the poor thing too its limit which led to another moment of highs/lows and ying/yang.

When the negative comes to balance out the positive that’s where my perseverance comes into play. Some might call it stubbornness or hardheadedness, but it keeps me on the road pedaling.

So what is the negative and positive might you ask? I was pushing the limits, not learning from my broken wrist, trying to ride 150 miles to get to DC. I was super excited with many friends coming from far and near. 80 miles in I had 3 flats in 5 miles and became very annoyed. I decided to push the beachflyer 6 miles on the rim and destroyed the back tire. Making the aluminum very jagged. After the six grueling miles I reached 3992 miles which was very upsetting not ticking 4000 that day. I went out bought a file and sand paper and roughly 5 hours of filing, sanding, smoothing, coaxing, and sweet talks I and the BeachFlyer were ready to rock n roll. (Yes I talk to my bike) Where is the positive you’re wondering? I did a test ride and I hit 4000 at the Washington Monument on a full moon at 1AM!

My whole trip has been about ying/yang, perseverance, and a happy go lucky attitude. If you came at me with negative words or bad vibes I just flashed the ✌! ain’t nobody got time for that. Especially ridin #5000milesfor500scholars. However, if you are down in the dumps and ask for support I am there. If you gave support and encouragement I bottled it up and sent them straight to my heart, legs, and mind. Now many go to my wrist 😉

When I rode to the Washington Monument and reached 4000miles it was very surreal. It was 1 in the morning, I was all alone, and it was a full moon. A wave of emotion rolled through me, chills perked up, a grin curled on the corner of my mouth, and butterflies entered my stomach. I couldn’t help but recollect.  In 2 months I had ridden the entire West coast and across the United States. My eyes swelled with pride (one might call tears) as I stared at the night sky and full moon.

My family and I have a thing, when I am in Cameroon or traveling, we look at the full moon knowing we are together. It keeps me from getting homesick knowing we are super close compared to universe. We are nothing but dust on a larger piece of dust and eventually we will be replaced. It gives me a sense of calm and relaxation

When I looked up this night I couldn’t help but think about Cameroon, why I am riding, and the current crisis. My heart goes out to everyone displaced, who have lost family members, and it pains me I am not able to do more. I hope a resolution can be found soon.

The Washington monument stood as a rock, a foundation for my trip. There’s history behind it and it was built for one man. However, Washington had 10,000s of people behind him supporting his every move and had 100s help write his story. He did not do it alone. Yes, what he did was not easy and he can be controversial, but he led the best way he knew how to lead. Whether you’re a leader or a follower know we are in this together and you’re just as important as the next.

I am just one person simply riding a bicycle with yall my rock and stone. I am using my traits and characteristics to accomplish my goal of a unified world, with less hatred, and more understanding.  My views are not popular with some, but that is okay. If everyone agrees people tend to become complacent. Take time to listen to one another and have a friendly debate. Try not to shut your mind down with my way or the highway attitude. I have definitely seen many other points of views better than what I thought at first.

With that being said, I could not have done anything without you and I thank you from the bottom of my <3. Your kind words, donations, and comments are very well recieved. Yall have been my pillars from the beginning and as of writing this I am 300miles away from 5000milesfor500scholars!!

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This mini journey is almost complete and I cannot thank you all enough. Again your well wishes, donations, shoutouts, and support are overwhelming. I am $7,000 dollars away from reaching my goal of raising $25,000 for ScholarShop Africa. That will equate to $5/mile. Please consider a donation as we prepare for year 3! Again, every dollar counts! If you give $7 (stinking fees) to http://scholarshopafrica.org/give/ you will have sponsored a mile of my trip. If you give ~$55 and you will sponsor a child for the three month program!

COME ON DOWN!! YOU’RE THE NEXT CONTESTANT…..

“ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT!” A childhood dream came true! I went on the set of The Price is Right. It was definitely a unique experience and one I will never forget. 

That morning started off with a rush and never slowed down.  First, I was riding to meet a friend for breakfast when a bolt on my chain fender broke and instead of removing the other screw, I just mangled the fender so it would not rub on the chain.  Luckily, the Pedal Assist still worked and I made breakfast on time.  After, I put my gear in her car, got on the bike, the motor went out! Which means the PAS (Pedal Assist System) wouldn’t work, so 100% leg had to be used. It’s harder to pedal than a normal bike because the hub is in the rear tire. I got to the bike to the shop and they told me there was nothing they could do unless I changed the rear tire out. Thus, I left it with them while I found out logistics for the rear tire. 

No worries its The Price is Right day!! I went to print my ticket for the show and while re-reading the fine print I saw white shirts were frowned upon…. guess what?!

Yep, you guessed it!

My shirt was white.  White attracks more color so it doesn’t show up as well on TV, is what I was told.  I frantically called around for a t-shirt company that could do a print in 1 hour. $50 later I had a black shirt with my design and phrase! Whew, problem solved!! Nothing like an adrenaline rush starting at 10AM.

Also, stated on the ticket: it says no phones, smart watches, etc. are allowed during the taping. Being a rule follower and not wanting to be turned away from the taping, I left my phone at the t-shirt shop. The time they gave me to arrive on set was down to 1 hour and I had a 20 min drive in LA according to GPS. But it is LA.

I ordered an Uber left my phone at the shop and took off.  Oh no!!! I forgot my jacket at the shop with my business cards.  The Uber driver stoppee and I git out and started running back to the tshirt shop. When I dropped weight from my gear- earlier in the trip, my belt was amongst those items. Down 10lbs in 3 weeks my pants were dropping like its hot…  I  am now half sprinting half holding my pants up while looking for the shop. After the 2nd block fatigue sat in and sweat began to flow. Running down the streets of LA is different than driving. I figured it was just a couple blocks….about 7 blocks later I arrived at the store. Fortunately, my Uber driver was smart and kind and met me at the shop.  I grabbed my jacket and business cards and off we went- with less than an hour for my arrival time.

I arrived in the 20 minutes!!  Everyone in line had their phones. UGH!!  Taking selfies,making calls, etc. I was like what is going on? Turns out you are able to check them in before entering the showroom. 

Growing up my mom had a picture of Tweety Bird on her laptop with the quote

           If anyone speaks badly of you,                   live so that none will believe it.                 Do what you can, for who you                   can with what you have and                       where you are. Wishing your                     day be filled with love and peace!

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I fail at this often, but that is a motto I carry around whenever I travel. This leads me to being a rule follower having both pros and cons. This instance being a con. Again, double UGH!

Back to the show….  I had to sign a waiver form etc. I was being pretty loud starting Drew chants, cheering, shouting, and carrying on. To the mother/daughter duo next to me, I apologize.

 Valerie, the mother was on the show in 1975 and actually made it up on stage and met Bob Barker. She wore a shirt with a picture she took off of her TV. (Different era then) Sadly, no pictures were taken… you know no phone :/ Going through two more stages one being interviews, we were finally outside the room! Waiting an hour, they had some past shows playing getting us pumped up before starting the show.

There are roughly 270 people in attendance and you CANNOT hear anything especially George, the announce, talk about the products. The contestants are pretty much in the dark.  One contestant I met earlier in the day went on down to contestants row and had to bid on 2 hiking bags. He looked right at me and I told him $600. I looked at the screen and saw there were 2 GPS units as well. I tried to get his attention and change to $1000, but he didn’t hear and said $600 😦  I apologize for letting you down Boy in Blue that will haunt me for awhile.

During the show there were quite a few bloopers which delayed the taping and will definitely be on a blooper reel one day. There was a hype girl who was jumping up and down, miming to be louder for the ENTIRE SHOW! She wore me out with how much energy she had and I have quite a bit of energy. That being said, being loud and boisterous for an hour straight is tough work. We did have the commercial breaks where Drew would talk to us and boy is he a funny man.  

The t-shirt shop closed at 5 and when we left it was 5:20. I had to borrow someone’s phone to call my friend and then learn the bus system to get to her work. It was a process, which I loved, and it’s crazy to think people lived that way a mere 15 years ago!

Watch the show June 18th and you will see me in the middle of your screen about 10 rows right behind contestant 4!


Sadly, I did not get called down. I believe it was because I told them I lived in Cameroon rather than saying I operate remotely most of the year from the US.  Ah” But the silver lining is $1 million!!  Survivor and Amazing Race are more up my alley, as you perhaps have figured out- I love adventure and $1 million dollars can help out a lot more children in Cameroon, Africa and the world at large than a brand new car.

A childhood dream to an adventure of a lifetime is unfolding and though there may be pros and cons/ ups and downs/ highs and lows I am having a blast seeing the US and doing things that will benefit the education of the youth of Cameroon.  

If you have the desire to donate to the youth in Cameroon visit scholarshopafrica.org and click on the donate page.

 

 

BeachFlyer

20180328_120309Electric Beach Cruisers, LLC began in 2014 and after 2+ years of testing prototypes and different designs the BeachFlyer was born.  The founder, Cory Shumaker, is a friend of ScholarShop Africa starting  roughly the same time the BeachFlyer was released.  Electric Beach Cruisers, LLC donates 5% of gross revenues to Scholarshop Africa.  I am currently riding the BeachFlyer 2.0 across the country #5000milesfor500scholars!

Meeting the bike in Washington I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Upon arrival I charged up the battery and took off for the 20+ miles to Seattle.  I did not know anything about the battery, how to preserve energy, use the throttle, or how to read the monitor. BUT DONT FEAR YOU WONT NEED TO EITHER!!! The BeachFlyer’s  design is extremely simple and easy to use.  After the first few miles I had it down and was pedaling away with the assist!

I am telling yall, this bike is PHENOMENAL.  Extremely easy to manage, use, and affordable.  With The 6 PAS (Pedal Assist) settings and 7 gears one can easily ride 20+ MPH. Albeit the battery wont last as long, but thanks to the easy to read battery usage meter one can tell how much input is from pedaling and how much input is coming from the battery.

Along with the bike, Cory, sent me an extra battery of 8AH (AmpHours) twice the size of the original 4AH battery that comes with the model.  Depending on the hills (mountains) or flat lands drastically determines how many miles I can ride with the battery.  The least amount I have gone with the 4AH battery is 22 and the most is 37.   I have learned a few battery saving techniques by using more leg power and muscle strength I try to maximize the mileage from the battery (lower PAS, higher gear). Regarding the 8AH battery I have travelled 45 miles up to 65 miles.  I have been on the road for nearly a month and after my stop in LA I picked up a 3rd battery.  My last day riding down the coast, April 1st, with 2 batteries I met Cory at 9:50PM. I had a 10PM deadline as he had to fly out to France the next day… 12 hours riding, a flat tire, and an hour to charge the batteries making 14hours on the road I made it 140miles! Recently I went 130miles on all three batteries without stopping to charge!!!

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The BeachFlyer 3.0 is coming soon with hydraulic brakes, a bigger battery, and USB charging port in the monitor. As the weather is warming, more sun is shining, and birds are singing, you too can prepare for spring. You will not only be getting excersize and toning them legs, you will be helping the environment by producing less toxins in the air from your vehicle… oh and you will be saving MONEYYYY. If I can go down the Pacific Coast 1200+ miles you can go the 30 miles to work!!

Be on the lookout for the release date of the 3.0!

 

If you mention me or ScholarShop or #5000milesfor500scholars you will recieve a discount off the total price.

 

GO GREEN AND GO CLEAN!!!! GET YOURSELF A BEACHFLYER TODAY!!!

CONTEST

Hey yall! My bike needs a name. Yes, it’s the BeachFlyer for now I have dubbed it the Pacific Coast Flyer. However, it needs something more personal.  I am leaving it up to you; my followers, supporters, confidants, and fans to help me. A bike that is going to be carrying me so many miles oughta have a name.  Thus, I am opening it up to y’all to choose a name.

The winner will get a prize and a shout out on my blog! Teachers, your students are more than welcome to enter maybe some extra credit for Spring? Submissions are due by April 4th.  I will choose a winner and announce it April 6th. Time is TBD. Please have a 1-2 paragraph explanation on why you chose the name and email it to Jake@scholarshopafrica.org.

What: Contest to give the BeachFlyer a name it deserves.
When: Now
Time: Latest April 4th
How: Write a 1-2 paragraph with the name and why you chose it. Email to Jake@scholarshopafrica.org

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO SPUR YOUR MIND:
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PACIFIC NORTHWEST
PACIFIC COAST
BEACH FLYER
ELECTRIC BEACH CRUISER
SCHOLARSHOP AFRICA
NORTHWEST TO SOUTHWEST
NORTHWEST TO EAST
PACIFIC TO ATLANTIC
JAKES JOURNEY

CLEAN ENERGY                                          UPKWA

GOGREEN

NGYEN-MUWAH

WUM

CAMEROON

 

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BE CREATIVE !

Last day in Washington….. March 13th- Castle Rock

The second day of my ride was a gorgeous 68 mile trip to Castle Rock, Oregon.  I am still getting used to the bike and its batteries which almost got me in trouble.  Riding most of day 1 on the highest gears and using max battery power (making up lost time) I thought they’d go forever.  I was in the top gear on both the PAS (Pedal Assist) and normal gears (7 speed) for roughly 15 miles and I finished with battery juice still remaining.  Turns out uphills and climbs…. use a lotttttt more battery power especially when its 225+ pounds.

The second day started out lovely, nice weather, sunny, a bit chilly but that is to be expected on a mid March day in Oregon.  My wonderful hosts served me an excellent breakfast that included fruit, a bagel, sunny side up egg, and cheese. I packed my bags and they sent me off with a packed lunch. The ride was great and about 3/4 of the way I stopped to eat my packed lunch. I hadn’t seen a car for awhile and there was one medium sized white farm house off in the horizon. Surrounding me was lush green farm land and a river rushing in front of me.  A light drizzle continued to wet my face, but the sun reminded me it was only showers of blessings. After eating my lunch that consisted of  bean tortilla with pico de gallo sauce (delicious) and carrots, apples, radishes, celery I was off for the final 20 miles.

The rain continued but I had no bike troubles so there were no worries.  The last climb to my destination which was a wonderfully laid out RV Resort proved to be the end of my battery. The dreaded E6 flashed on the screen which means low battery. I had to move it to the lowest PAS and continue the climb about 6mph. Eventually, I reached the top and coasted on through to my destination with no troubles!

Nothing works, but everything works out!

This is the philosophy many Peace Corps and Cameroonians follow. In french they may say “C’est la vie” (That is life). In the United States we say it’s the 80/20 principle or “Perfect is the enemy of good.”

As I lay here in bed at 1:45 the morning of my trip many people ask me if I am ready. My answer? No. I am never ready… for anything. Hence the big pile of material still humped on the ground next to me or my last minute purchase of sunscreen even though 1 million and 1 people told me to buy it.  My procrastination may drive people crazy, ahem my mother, but I look at it as I am spending more time with the people I love. Packing after dark when the TV has been turned off and stories have finished being told is my time to shine!   Yes, I may be tired the next day, but I am alone by myself with my thoughts.

That is exactly what I am doing now. Sitting alone with  my thoughts and writing them down for the world to read.

Am I ready? NO! However, I can tell you my mind is mentally prepared for what is facing me.  The outpouring of support, well-wishes, kudos, and kind messages have blown me away.  With as much positive energy and vibes being sent my way it will be difficult to think twice about biking #5000milesfor500scholars.  Helping support the youth of Cameroon and their dreams is the main source of motivation I will dive into, but the aura of positivity will always be circling around me.  When I leave Washington I will write about my hosts and the time spent, but for now I will tell you I have been humbled by the generosity of everyone.

Many of you may see the heading and think well that’s pretty negative. Yes, it could be, but it depends on how you feel and say the phrase. When was the last time you were running late for a meeting, spilt coffee, got in an accident, waited for someone to show up, missed a deadline?  For me all of these have happened since January.  Was it a bummer? Yes. Was I anxious? Yes. Now look at the results….I kept my job, I wore a different shirt which recieved many compliments, nobody was injured and the car is fine, I read began reading a book, and the report turned in was more in depth than it would had I not waited for a task to be complete.

For parents: How many times have you been late because of your toddler? How many times have you let your baby choose their clothes? Or allow them to complete an art project that isn’t perfect? Been puked or peed on? Again, all of these can bring out anxiety and foul moods, but if allowed and taken in good stride it made memories, boosted the child’s confidence, made him/her proud for completing a task, and brought your bond even closer.  Sometimes there are days where nothing works, but eventually it will work out.

This philosophy is how I am tackling  this journey.  Through your support, youth in Cameroon, and knowimg there are going to be really really crappy days where nothing works, I know if I keep cycling and moving one pedal in front of the other I will complete my task and everything will work out.

Am I ready? No. Most likely you are not ready for life either, but how are you going to handle the days when nothing works?

 


Update!

So I don’t want to say I jinxed myself…. But I jinxed my self.  7 miles into my ride I tried to cross an intersection only to hear a dreaded noise of rubber being smashed between asphalt and the rim.  A popped tire. I tried to patch it, but 3 holes later I gave up. I tried to remove to back tire but my wrench kept stripping on the second bolt.  NOTHING IS WORKINGGGGG. My leisurely 4 hour drive is turning into a now 1+ hour tire change.  Luckily, there was a home depot 1.5 miles away so I was able to push the bike there.  After another 45 minutes I had the tire changed, pumped, and back on the road.

Time for the everything works out.  3 miles later I was on a road for 12 miles straight with nothing but train tracks to my right and beautiful spruce trees to my left.  If the tire went flat there I would’ve been SOL. I couldn’t have picked a better spot for a flat to happen. I realized my tool didnt fit and I was able to test my batteries.   I travelled 60.7 miles today and was all out on the large battery until it died with 20 miles to go.  So I now know I can go roughly 40 miles all out on the large battery.  I switched to the smaller battery and had a little juice left after the remaining 20miles. The route, however, did not have many hills the last 20miles. My legs are burning my, eyes are drooping and day 2 awaits me tomorrow

 

Here is my warm Showers feedback:

Sally and Bob were a wonderful introduction to WarmShowers. Getting a flat 7miles into the ride and putting me back an hour she was very patient.&nbsp; Upon arriving I was welcomed with a warm smile and fantastic tips.&nbsp; Dinner time was excellent as Bob’s running mate was a fellow Little Giant and we shared similar stories about Indiana.&nbsp; I could not have asked for a better first stay with warm showers

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