San Bernardino, California
Palm Springs, California
Twentynine Palms, California
Sun Valley, Arizona
Zuni, New Mexico
El Morro, New Mexico
North Aconite Village, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Clines Corners, New Mexico
Cuervo, New Mexico
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Glenrio, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jefferson City, Missouri
New Haven, Missouri
St Louis, Missouri
Pennsboro, West Virginia
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
The Union League of Philadelphia
I am bicycling across the USA again this spring!
Because, like many, I had become desensitized to the numerous shootings and episodes of brutality throughout the world but recent mayhem has me feeling again and it stings.
It’s very apparent to me that people need a smile now more than ever.
As a lone man, I know that I can’t do much of anything- I really do - but I feel a strong duty to do ...something so I thought about what I can do.
I know that I've been able to make people around the world feel better about their possibilities with just an embrace and an exchange of a story or two and because of that experienced warmth: I am doing... ( drumroll please)
The Hugs and High5 Tour 2016!
(sounds awesome, right)
Check it out - my 17 state cycling effort will begin in San Bernardino, California in May and end at the historic Union League of Philadelphia in July.
Passing through Oklahoma City, Ferguson, Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore and other cities where shit has gone down - this journey marks my 7th cross continental trip in 14 years and possibly the most important of them all because each day I will make myself available for two hours just to hug/high5 anyone that wants/needs one!
With my first hug, this tour will be a success but it’s the subsequent embraces and smiles will make it even more impactful and that’s where you come in:
I need places to hug people!
Look over the list of cities that I’m biking through and introduce me to people there so I can establish a Hug and High5 Station at their location.
Places like: Museums, Fire Stations, Police Stations, Recreation Centers, Planned Parenthoods, Barbershops, Yoga Studios, Gyms, Bike Shops, Colleges, Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Red Cross Centers, Cafes, Shelters, Thrifts Stores, Radio Stations even Strip Clubs - any other hub of activity!!
But wait there’s more…
I pledge a new bicycle and 1000 dollar scholarship to a lucky person for every 1000 Hugs and High5’s given - details to be revealed later.
And even just a bit more…
I will arrive in Philadelphia just as the Democratic National Convention is beginning and there is a possibility, just a possibility, that I will be able to address the DNC crowd with my very Philadelphia but very global and inspiring story.
So that’s it!
Hugs/High5’s ain't much but it's what I got and I got plenty!