This blog has been created to document the planning and execution as it is happening, a bike ride across the USA for charity. I will update it on a regular basis to keep people informed and a tool for myself to keep going. Namaste.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ken (aka Bunk) and Meaghan (aka Pippilicious) hit the road...

So it is the night before the duo of Bunkport and Pip head out. Today we decided to leave the comfort of the Jamboree Searcher, our comfortable little abode we lived in for the past week in my dear friend Beau's driveway, to get a taste of the road before us. We biked about 15 mi to Bainbridge Island where my friend Andrew is hosting us for the night. BI is a lot closer to our take off point than Kirkland, so it worked out. However, we left and it rained and rained. It was actually really nice to ride in the rain. Ya just keep pedalling and breathing, relaxing into the resistance and find the joy. Just another yoga practice.

Bunk and I got a bit turned around. In our efforts to find the right path, which we weren't too far from, he fell. I just looked behind me and there he was, still clipped into the bike laying on his side. He managed to get up and not even 3 minutes later my ass, or the side of it landed as well. It just so happened that I mentioned how funny it was to watch him take a digger the moment before I kissed the ground. :)

We managed to make it to the ferry, where the sky after 6 days finally opened up. Sunny skies made it for a beautiful afternoon. Ate an awesome lunch at The Pub....localvore restaurant in every sense. It was freakin awesome. We then went to a party that we got invited to by a man that we met last week named Mac. Really amazing, interesting man. So beautifully gathered us all into the living room to honor people who are fighting and have died for America. After a moment of silence he bursted out with Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies.....and began humming it cause he forgot the lyrics....I almost lost it. We then got down singing some sort of countryish tune, which we were all handed lyrics too. Mac is a pretty incredible man....thank you!!!!

So far, we have been beautifully hosted by many amazing people. Tomorrow we head out and are staying with a couple that Bunk met the other day who graciously opened there home to us. Tumwater, WA here we come. Off to bed. Early morning of yoga, meditation and then riding.

Keep finding peace and giving love,

Meaghan aka Pippilicious

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The time has come

It is 2 days before I ride. I have been spending the time here in Seattle, getting re-aquainted with my yoga and meditation practice as well as my bike. Trying to find some quiet and stillness among all my stimulation.

When I landed in Seattle last Tuesday, it was an interesting reality. One step closer to riding and one step closer to home. Usually I have a return ticket home, not this time. There is a lot of country between me and my final destination, one that will be filled with amazing experiences I'm sure of.

Even though I am about to embark on an incredible journey, one that I am so excited for, there is a certain sadness that is present. I am not sure what it is yet. It is not something that I am not trying to feel, well maybe that is not entirely true. Part of me is resistant to feeling sad, but I am resting in my heart with tenderness and ease. Acceptance and letting go to everything I know. This is the most unknown thing I have ever done, but I know that it is the right thing. The support that I have been shown is a true testament that I am certainly on the right path. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we pay attention to our hearts and intuition more than our heads.

I have been eating well since I have been here. Lots of great french toast. Carbing it up over here. Went to a localvore restaurant in Seattle last night and had the most amazing burger. I started eating meat in the beginning of the year after a 2 years hiatus. Unsure how long I am going to go the carniverous route, but for now, it feels right. And oh how I missed a good burger. However, now that I am part of the meat eating crowd again, I am very aware of not only the importance of where it comes from and how the animals are treated, but also energetic effects it has on my body.

Til next time.

Find your peace, it exists in you right now. Let all the stories fall away with your breath. Connect to your heart. Listen.

All my love,

Meaghan

Monday, May 24, 2010

Get This!!!!!!

So, I have now left my home of Coastal CT to embark on my journey. I am with family in Brooklyn, NY before I head to Seattle tomorrow where I will chill for a week, getting things in order before I pedal on June 1st.

Something amazing just happened the other day. My friend John Cleveland called me on Saturday as I was busily trying to get myself moved out and packed for my ride. He say's "I hope your sitting down." Why is it that when someone says something like that we immediately think negatively. (note to self...change that habit) John is the youngest of 1200 students that attends the Institute for Integrative Nutrition www.integrativenutrition.com. He was asked to get up and speak, because he is such a young pioneer. He was wearing my t-shirt (thank you John!!!!). When someone in the audience asked about the t-shirt, John began telling them about me and my ride. Upon hearing the story, they decided to put up a donation box and Joshua the founder said that they would match the donations riased. $3,500 was raised and the institute matched that, which means Ride the Wave of Change Fundraiser recieves $7,000!!!!!!!! In one day that happened!!!! I couldn't believe it/can't belive it. So humbled and blessed I feel.

When I had this idea to do this ride, it seemed like just an idea that I was simply going to do. Unsure and self-doubt filling my mind many times that maybe this was not the right path or that maybe I couldn't do it. Fear overwhelming at times, replaced with mantras of love and prayer and inspiration. I am not sure what happened in the auditorium on Saturday, but one thing I know is that the energy that is infused in this ride and the thread binding us all is love. When you are on the right path, making choices that serve your spirit, joy naturally follows. Thank you to all who have supported me and this ride, but more importantly to the love that brings us together to inspire us to want to live.

Keep spreading the Love.

Peace, Light and Love,

M

Monday, May 3, 2010

A story...a good story

I cam upon this the other day while at lunch with my friend Jen. She happened to stumble on this website upon looking up a name for the yoga studio she was meeting me at. Throughout navigating the pages of the website, I saw this story and I loved it. I hope you enjoy the tidbit of truth.


Ryan elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them … “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.


One wolf represents fear – anger – hatred – envy – sorrow – regret – greed – arrogance self pity – guilt – resentment – inferiority – lies – false pride – superiority – and - EGO.


The other wolf stands for joy – peace – faith – hope – sharing – serenity – humility – kindness friendship – empathy – generosity – truth – compassion – and LOVE.


The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person too.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?”


The grandfather replied,

“THE ONE YOU FEED”