No good comes from existing but not knowing the effort and challenge of living. Seeing a goal and suffering to achieve it and acknowledging that you’re putting yourself through extreme pain but still being able to see yourself on the other side is a salient trait of goodness and a quality reserved for the most human of humans. It’s a celebration of our excess and abilities, but it’s also a way to reverse the tragedy of a person living an untested, unrealized, unexamined life. The cyclists on the 1,400 Miles company move their legs across hill country, arid desert, as well as mountains for people who physically can’t as well as for people who won’t.
This isn’t about simply traveling and seeing the wild but tamed world from the road, this is about becoming. This is about looking back at yourself 1,400 miles from a parking lot and seeing if you’re the same person. This is about looking seeing a different world, one made all the better because of sacrifice. That said, you don’t need to be one this trip to be a part of something as monumental as a physical 1,400 mile journey; you can donate, and the world will be all the better for it.