Hello! I'm Lisa Nelson and on March 2, 2014, I intend to marry Steel Spokes, my beloved bicycle! We’ve been together for over 15 years now we are going to make it official AND depart for 6 months on our “Bicycling Honeymoon” to accomplish a variety of ambitious goals that lead to even bigger dreams!
You will be helping to fund our “Bicycling Honeymoon.” The goal is to create, connect, and build community while on bicycle over the course of six months. The ultimate dream is to launch a university program, *Semester on Cycle. In order to do so, I shall reduce my already shoestring budget, and attempt to finish my degree, and test a bunch of stuff from the road. This is all about “getting by [a ride] with a little help from your friends” as the song goes. Can it be done? We think so! We have lots to get done! The specific goals are listed below.
My darling husband and I shall begin by riding down the coast of California, and let fate take its course as to our particular destinations…the world is our oyster (and I like oysters)! I have my passport charged up!
What We Need & What You Gets
Your generous funds shall go towards getting my beloved
Steel Spoke (bicycle) set up for the expedition, and purchasing camping gear
and clothing items (primarily used) that we still need. Some minor technical
website modifications need to be made. Also,
funds will help support my darling and I, and the various projects that we intend
to experiment with, on the road for the next 4-6 months. Our goal is to raise $6000. The length of the “honeymoon” will depend
upon whether our funding goal is met.
- Any money received beyond our funding goal will go towards a
scholarship to fund economically disadvantaged students on the *Semester on Cycle program! If by chance Semester on Cycle does not happen, the money will be publically
donated to an inspired cycling program(s).
- In return, you will receive one-of-a-kind perks related to the adventure. From live virtual participation in "Spokes Interview Unique Folks" talk show to original art work, we have unique fun gifts to offer at every support level.
- You will not be
funding the wedding! Our Hawaiian-themed
bicycle wedding will be a simple, inexpensive, wacky little affair –but we will
take lots of photos and film it to share with everyone. Nor will you be funding hotels or fine dining. We intend to camp, Couch Surf, and stay with
old and new friends along the way. Our budget is $20 a day for lodging and
food. Anything fancier than that will
only be by way of kind donations along the way.
The goal is to accomplish all of the goals below so as to be in an opportune place to launch the **“Semester on Cycle” program. People who are already interested in the world around them seek out good resources in a community. Unfortunately, those who most need to be inspired, encouraged, and connected to resources are the least likely to know about and take advantage of the resources around them. That is why I am aiming to ultimately create a model Semester on Cycle program, that can be initiated, launched, and travel to where it is needed most. Passion Begets Passion!
Cycle is a proposed model
university education program that not only provides an exceptional experience
for the cycling participants, but also offers effective methods of connecting
with community members and assisting people in need (Read more details at:
Here are some of the specific goals of our “Honeymoon”:
Experiment with collaborative art and
Connect with community and people
Test bike and camping equipment and
Complete the “Semester on Cycle”
program model & work out kinks.
Connect with people via a blog and
other online media to share our “Honeymoon” experience.
Finish writing my (Lisa) dissertation for my Ph.D.
in Higher Education Administration (this way I’ve got the goofy credentials
universities seem to want to teach students and take them on impactful
excursions in the US & throughout the world).
Advance my Spanish language skills.
Complete an educational “Service
Learning” book I (Lisa) started.
Why together, Steel & I can pull this off!
Believe it or not, all of these plans are a serious culmination of my personal and professional experiences, and there is a dreamy, but practical, end goal in mind. I have had the good fortune to work with students from high school (delinquent to privileged youth) to college age leading adventure and service experiences in the United States and abroad for a non-profit organization, for-profit tour companies, and through a university.
I am no spring chicken! I spent 15 years in the non-profit and legal world working with troubled families and children. After years of feeling like I was simply putting Band-Aids on problems, I shifted gears to go into an academic setting in the hopes of working with students to find real world solutions to some major problems that plague disadvantaged communities throughout the U.S. Also, I am not new to bicycle touring. I just have not done it in any a major way in over 15 years. The last time I led a group of students on bicycles was pre-internet, pre-cell phone, pre-GPS, pre-portable computer…and certainly pre-solar and bike-generator power potential. Holy! I know I can figure it out. I just need the opportunity to experiment, finish my writing, and share what I learn to others.
As a young adult, I never rode a bike more than 5 miles nor grew up playing any sort of sports. I started riding a bike through working at an exceptional non-profit program that focused on turning delinquent youth on to positive programing…such as biking. It turned not only the kids, but me, on to bicycling. I think travel on bicycle is the perfect speed to take in surroundings. It’s “green” and good for our carbon footprint. Plus, it is great exercise, presents unique challenges, and inevitably provides a memorable adventure. Most anyone can ride a bike, and if I can cycle long distances…I know that anyone can!
Why music, arts and service?
I believe that the success of Semester on Cycle will be dependent upon how quickly and effectively the student participants can connect and develop a level of trust with the people in the communities that are visited. Interactive music, art and service projects are all effective ways to connect with people, and share an experience and create a moment –regardless of your economic mean, color, education, age, sex, sexual preference, or heritage.
Other Ways You Can Help
I understand that not everyone is in a great financial spot to help us with such a project. So besides money, here's some other ways you could help:
Spread the word! If you like what we're up to, please pass this along to others!! We only have a month! You get the best reward for that…good karma!!
- Another way to spread the word is through the use of the Indiegogo share tools!
Donation items! On our blog (http://questforzest.org/wish-list/),
we’ll keep an updated list of needed items, so if you happen to have or know of
someone who has such things, we would most appreciate it.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!