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A Perfect Climate for a Ride

Dan Lashof

Posted September 26, 2013

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If you ask Google how to get from New York to Washington it will tell you to get on I-95 South and drive for 225 miles. If that’s all you have seen of New Jersey you could be forgiven for thinking that its “Garden State” motto is some kind of sick joke.

If instead you follow the Climate Ride arrows—as I did for the last five days—you will see the world in a completely different way. The distance is only a bit longer (300 miles), but the journey is infinitely more joyful.

Instead of cars, freeways, and refineries you will see horses, farms, and rivers.

Instead of truckers and motorists you will be in the company of 200 cyclists. People from all over the country who are so committed to solving climate change that they hit up their friends and families for donations to benefit a wide variety of organizations fighting climate change, including NRDC, and took five days out of their lives to pedal to the nation’s capital to send a message that it’s time to act on climate change. Many had never ridden a bike more than a few miles before starting to train for their climate ride. All of us were very proud of our accomplishment when we arrived at the Capitol.

We were blessed with perfect weather for our trip. Cool, crisp mornings. Bright sunshine. Warm afternoons. If for no other reason (and there are plenty) we have to win the fight against climate change so that our children and future generations may enjoy the perfect climate for a ride.

Team NRDC, NY-DC 2013: Dan Lashof, Steve Van Landingham, Anthony Guerrero

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Joyce LashofSep 26 2013 06:40 PM

Job well done, glad you enjoyed.

KC GoldenSep 28 2013 11:34 PM

Thanks for riding and for this great post Dan. But most of all, thanks for your smart, steady, clear-eyed leadership in the fight for real climate solutions!

David DriesenSep 29 2013 10:39 AM

Nice job. I've been doing some longish bike rides (30 miles) along the Erie Canal this summer. But I've never gone on a several day trip like this. I hope I can manage it some day. My daughter's been doing the Seattle to Portland race for the last several years. Sounds great!

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