JUNKride: final leg into Tijuana
“Only 100 miles to go!” No sooner were the words out of Marcus’s mouth, when I felt my bike sag – flat tire number 9! Fortunately, this was to be our last. We had just met with our friends at the Surfrider office in Dana Point, to discuss some future projects with Algalita and Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign.
With thoughts of Mexican food on our minds, we quickly fixed our flat and pushed on towards San Diego, to put up our last display at the International Surfing Day event hosted by Revolt In Style. Here, we had a chance to chat about solutions to pollution with a host of surfers and onlookers. For example, avoiding plastic bottles, a common offender at outdoor events, by using stainless steel bottles. Ecousable, our favorite, offers a bottle with a built in filter – which we’ve been using throughout our journey.
We then satisfied our Mexican cravings in Old Town San Diego – some of the best guacamole yet, and set out on the last and final leg: to Tijuana.
2,000 miles cycling, 9 flat tires, 40 talks, meeting with 5 mayors, and many joyful (some painful) hours in the saddle later, we finally crossed the border!
We wheeled our bikes through the teeming throngs of Tijuana craziness just far enough to grab a celebratory Margarita, toast our amazing journey, and head back home.
Its been an amazing adventure, and we are incredibly grateful for of the essential help we’ve had along the way – from friends and strangers, from our wonderful sponsors, from the Surfrider chapters and local non-profits all working towards the same goal as we are – trying to create a more livable legacy for the future.
Here’s a video wrap up of our 3 months on the road:
Now back in Los Angeles, we’re readjusting to life in the fast lane, and beginning to think about our next projects: A host of new school outreach programs based on JUNKride, synthetic chemicals in our bodies, organic/local food, and bike culture. A research expedition to the North and South Atlantic gyres in Jan/Feb. Further research into plastic particles in ocean sediments. And our future goal of starting a school/museum/sustainability center here in Los Angeles. Stay tuned, and keep in touch!