Please Join us on our second Ride For The Rainforest this summer of 2013!
We will be riding 850 miles from Prescott, Arizona, to Fort Collins, Colorado. All funds raised by our riders will be split evenly between three amazing conservation projects. 1/3 of the contributions will be used to purchase land in the Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest, home to hundreds of the last endangered Orangutans on Earth! The other 2/3 of donations will be used to fund a sustainable agroforestry project for native forest communities in Peru, and a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica! There is no minimum or maximum fundraising amount, just try your best to raise as much as possible! Along the route, we will be camping and cooking most of our own meals, so please bring sufficient funds to purchase your own food. Please join us on this epic adventure or consider sponsoring one of our riders!
Our first Ride for the Rainforest was a great success! We made it, and it was such a wonderful growing experience. I think that we all worked amazingly as a group and overcame many challenges. Oh, did I mention that we raised over $25,000 for rainforest conservation and saved 125 acres of the Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest?! Thank you to all of the riders and our supporters. See you again next summer!
The “Ride for the Rainforest” began Friday May 18th, 2012. We rode approximately 325 miles from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to Chicago, Illinois. Along the way, we camped in a variety of state parks and natural areas, as well as two home-stays. We arrived in Chicago on Saturday May 26th and had an end-of-the-trip party!
Here is a day by day schedule of the ride:
Day 1 (Friday May 18, 2012): Drive to Sturgeon Bay, WI (300 miles). Camp at Potawatomi State Park.
Day 2 (Saturday May 19, 2012): Ride to Green Bay and then to St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, WI. Stay the night at our friend Shayna’s house (a student at St. Norbert’s). -70 miles
Day 3 (Sunday May 20, 2012): Ride through the Sheboygan Marsh State Wildlife Area to the Kettle Moraine State Natural Area. Camp at the Greenbush Campgrounds in Glenbeulah, WI. -55 miles
Day 4 (Monday May 21, 2012): Rest day to explore the Kettle Moraine State Natural Area and the Sheboygan Marsh State Wildlife Area.
Day 5 (Tuesday May 22, 2012): Ride to the next camp at Harrington Beach State Park in Belgium, WI. -40 miles
Day 6 (Wednesday May 23, 2012): Ride to the Racine County Cliffside Park in Caledonia, WI to camp out. (longest day of the trip.) -70 miles
Day 7 (Thursday May 24, 2012): Ride to our final campsite at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach in Zion, IL. -30 miles
Day 8 (Friday May 25, 2012): Ride to Highland Park, IL. Camp out in one of my family friend’s backyards. -20 miles
Day 9 (Saturday May 26, 2012): Wake up early and bike 15 miles to Evanston. All last-day riders come out to meet us at the “Skokie Northshore Channel Park” (on N McCormick blvd between Oakton st and Howard st at the train tracks) at 11am sharp. (please call Adam at 708 704 6474 if you are lost) Then we will ride into Chicago, IL, and then home to Oak Park, IL, to have our end-of-the-bike-trip fiesta!
Each rider (attending the entire ride) should try to raise at least $1,000 for the Rainforest Rescue Coalition. There is also a separate fee of $200 to cover all food and lodging. Even if you cannot attend the entire ride, we encourage you to come out and meet us whenever you can. It is totally fine to only come on one or two days of the trip. For each day that you ride, please try to raise at least $100 for RRC and there is a food/lodging fee of $30/day (note: there are no food/lodging fees for the last day). Riders are responsible for bringing their own bikes, sleeping bags, and other essential gear (tents, camelbacks, mini-stoves etc). We will provide a complete list of items to bring once you sign up for the ride. A van is going to accompany us along the way in order to carry gear and supplies (and to be there in case of emergency). Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you are interested in coming on this wonderful, important trip!
Below is a map of our complete route. The trip has a total riding distance of about 325 miles.