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!

Why oh why do we use force? A poem written in response to the Syrian Attacks

On the road I do not listen or read a lot of news. This has been a blessing and very good for my soul. However, when news broke out about the bombing in Syria my heart broke. It has taken up the majority of my thoughts and has kept me with a feeling of deep sorrow. My heart breaks for the Syrians who were affected in the chemical attacks, but also the Syrians who were affected by our heartless bombings. I cannot stop thinking about the innocent lives who were lost and the newly created orphans who will be without a parent or both for the rest of their lives. This is one of the reasons I have been silent and not written a blog for awhile. I decided to put my thoughts down in writing.

 

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Why oh why do we use force?

Why oh why don’t we use discourse?

Why oh why is it the West to always enforce?

Why oh why don’t we feel remorse?

To the orphans of Syria created by these heartless attacks.

I understand if you feel like retaliating back.

People will send you thoughts and prayers….

I know these will not help your sorrow and tears.

People will send their condolences….

I know these will not stop your grievances.

My thoughts are for the innocent souls killed without resolution.

My prayers are for the corrupt souls who care more about political contributions.

Why oh why do we use force?

Why oh why don’t we use discourse?

Why oh why is it the West to always enforce?

Why oh why don’t we feel remorse?

Remember with every pointed finger there are three pointing back at you.

What about the community of LGBTQ?

~$224 million of missiles launched in a few hours from air stations.

What about American education or our very own Puerto Ricans?

President Trump said, “The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons”.

Where is this same purpose to deter the illegal drilling of the Keystone Pipeline on land belonging to Native Americans?

President Trump added, “To Iran and to Russia I ask- what kind of regime wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”

I ask to President Trump the same question, “What kind of regime wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?

What about Flint, Michigan where the water causes people death, disabilities, and illness? What about about BLM?

Why oh why do we use force?

Why oh why don’t we use discourse ?

Why oh why is it the West to always enforce?

Why oh why don’t we feel remorse?

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As you ponder these words please think about this…

112 tomahawk missiles launched at Syria. Each costs $1.87M to make. That’s $224M total. Estimated cost to replace Flint’s pipes$55M

And the U.S. has only accepted 11 syrian refugees this year. Yes, 11!