What YOU Can Do

Interested in helping me out, either personally or professionally?

1) Motivation: Leave comments on my posts! I love to hear from friends both old and new, to know that I haven’t entirely left normal life behind, and to know that somebody out there is reading my ramblings and following my adventures.

2) Popularity: Share my blog. This blog is half about letting my mother know that I’m still alive and half about spreading the 3RR gospel. If I can manage nogasnomeatnotrashin these conditions, chances are most anyone can. I believe that the only way our culture will change is if it becomes saturated by references to “green” ideas – that is, if constant care for the environment becomes the norm, rather than a part of the fringe. It’s already happening in some places, and in some ways. Let’s keep up the momentum.

3) Introductions and recommendations. Do you have friends anywhere I’ll be passing through? Know of a project or a farm I ought to visit? A national park that blew your mind? Let me know and I’ll put it on my itinerary.

4) Monetary.  Through years of frugality and following the shrewd advice of Mr. Money Mustache, I have temporarily freed myself from the need to earn an income.  If anyone kind-hearted individuals would like to support me, I humbly ask that they instead consider supporting one of the following charities.

Sadhana Forest, the vegan reforestation community in South India that changed my life.  Money will go to plant trees, develop clean water systems, spread awareness of ecological issues, and support volunteers on the ground in India, Haiti, and Kenya.

Liberty in North Korea, the charity my good friend Chris is riding for.   Money will go to help save North Koreans who have made it to China, but who face repatriation and retribution of caught.

If neither of these are your cup of tea, consider checking out Peter Singer’s www.thelifeyoucansave.com


5) Last but not least, take your own 3RR!  Whether on two wheels or not, I’m sure that most of you are already participating in some way. Take it a step further! Eat meat one less day a week, or only after 6PM, or whatever. Buy something used instead of something new. Carry a water bottle and a bit of tupperware wherever you go. Better yet, find a way to connect to others near you. Maybe a community garden, a vegetarian dinner night, a book club, a beach clean-up group. Volunteer. There are a million things that need doing. Pick one that makes you happy and dive in!


11 Responses to What YOU Can Do

  1. Tharéth says:

    I just found this blogger and I must say that I am inspired myself. I have to just find that “right” time. For, I one day too want to find myself cruising down a foreign highway. No doubt, this website will be a motivation builder for anyone who is thinking about bicycle touring themselves : )

    • Michael Roy says:

      Thareth, thanks for stopping by. I’m sure the time will be right sometime soon. Until then, keep checking and please share my posts liberally! The more cyclists, the better.

  2. Kevin Shimota says:

    Hi Michael, I am leaving my Seattle desk job for an MBA in Shanghai. But first I’m taking two months vacation. I have lived in Beijing for a year before learning Mandarin. My original plan just to polish up on my Mandarin in Beijing in a classroom before my MBA program. But a friend Jonathan, forwarded me your website and I am very inspired. I have always wanted to see and get personal with the countryside in China. I am thinking about getting a tourist visa and biking around for a month before my MBA. Do you have any recommendations on interesting bike routes, or where/how to purchase a good bike, or any cool farms I should go volunteer at?

    If email is a better forum for this mine is kevin.shimota@gmail.com

    Thanks for any help you can provide!


  3. rahul deb says:

    Hi Mike,

    I met you while you were riding through Alipurduar on your way to Bhutan. I was on a motorbike and I revved down to be able to speak to you while you were cycling. For years, I have been thinking of embarking on a solo journey just like yours, maybe not on such an intercontinental scale but nationally, within India. The moment I saw you, I decided to talk to you and find out about your journey. Thank you for giving me your “business card.” After having gone through your website, I have been inspired and motivated to follow in your footsteps. And yes, thank you for saying “I wish I had met you yesterday.” If you ever happen to be passing through Alipurduar again, feel free to get in touch with me and I will be more than happy to accommodate you at my home.


    • Michael Roy says:

      Wow, Rahul, thanks for looking me up and for your heartfelt comment. I’ll be taking a few days off in Siliguri and Darjeeling and will respond to you more thoroughly then – I have some contacts that might be useful for you in planning a cycle trip!

  4. rahul deb says:

    Hi Mike, thanks for replying. It would be great to know a few contacts who could guide me on a cycle trip (and maybe even accompany me). Best wishes and stay safe 🙂

  5. RR says:

    Hi Mike — we met in Shillong at the Rickshaw Run launch party. You will remember me as the guy that accidentally spat his beer on you 🙂 (really sorry about that!)

    I finally had the chance to check out your website. The more time I spend browsing your website, the more I find myself wanting to quit my job and join you. This is truly inspiring stuff, kudos!


    • Michael Roy says:

      Hey Raghu! I do remember that incident – with surprising fondness. Glad to hear that you find cycling attractive, it really is a great way to travel and a great lifestyle. Super affordable too (have a look at some of my stats posts for details on that.) If you ever want advice on starting your own cycle trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And if you’d like to meet other cyclists between now and whenever that may be, try signing up as a host on WarmShowers.org.

      Best wishes, hope you enjoyed the Rickshaw Run and raised some serious charity dough.

  6. rahul deb says:

    Hi Mike!

    I guess you must be in Nepal now, somewhere close to the Himalayas. Are you planning to ride up to base camp (I don’t know even if it’s possible)? Anyways, I have recently zeroed in on a few bikes that I would like to buy, been visiting both new and secondhand bicycle shops in town. I would greatly appreciate your expert advice on this matter. I have decided to buy a secondhand bike as of now as it’s much cheaper than a brand new one, and I can save money to buy a better bike in the future. Just to get things started off, I am planning to buy this one, secondhand, single speed, roadster, 20-inch. I was thinking of getting it fitted with gears (Starlit 6 gears). I talked to the mechanic and he said he had never done it before, but he could try. Please tell me what do you think about my plans to get gears fitted to this single-geared old bicycle. Are gears necessary? Also, I was thinking of changing the handle tears from a cruiser-style handlebar to straight ones, more like ATB handlebars. Please let me know your valuable opinion on this.

    Thanks a lot.


  7. Chris says:

    Hi Michael Roy..Your this tour is inspirational and much appreciated for the noble cause for which it stands. It would be really good if u can do this as a mass campaign involving the people out there in various places and especially creating awarenessto the children in the schools who constitutes the upcoming generation and who can pave way for making a greener, plastic free serene environment in the time to come.

    Keep up your good work bro.

    • Michael Roy says:

      Indeed, more campaigning and especially school presentations would be great, and India with all of its English-medium schools would be the perfect place to start. Hopefully all of this publicity will result in a few more connections and opportunities.

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