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Summary of Route 76 Bike Trip

Dear Trevolta followers, cyclists, photographers, and adventure seekers of any kind,

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From Yorktown, VA, to the beautiful Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY; my self-supported, cross-country, bike trip ended up being 650 miles rather than 4,300.   By no means was this trip a failure; people plan this trip for years and years.  The smallest amount of planning I’d read about was 18 months.  I started rolling away after 3 months of even making the decision to bike the Adventure Cycling Association’s Trans American Route 76.  The teeth on the rear cassette of my mountain bike were being filed down by the weight and intensity of this particular set up, turns out that’s normal.  There are infinite lessons and stories just bursting from the seems of this trip.

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As the gears wore down, climbing VA’s mountain roads became dangerous as my peddles skipped out from under me with every push.  The trucks (or land sharks as I like to call them) infested these roads, being the ultimate test of mental capability until my bike failed me. The chain was constantly busting out of the teeth (despite many, many adjustments).  The chain problems combined with thousands of 80,000lb dinosaurs (semi trucks) zooming 2 feet away from your body at 60mph was enough for a while.  Most of the roads were peaceful, but getting to those meant being prepared for the worst.

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These mental challenges were not necessarily a new level, but a different level. Many people tend to need these adrenaline rushes to compensate for mental trauma.  The trip was for practicing a well-rounded array of healthy habits.  I will go again campaigning this trip as “Bike for All Cures.”  One of my life goals is to promote the idea that all disease stems from inflammation and how to prevent and reverse inflammation with very specific products like this NASA studied Mineral supplement and very simple ideas like doing what makes you happy, and always being open to love.  When I can get the right gear and go again, promoting these ideas will have a much better platform.

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It was no longer feasible to use a mountain bike (initially chosen for sturdiness to withstand gravel and pot-holes). Using a touring bicycle is much more realistic.  The trip is supposed to take 3 months or else you will start having to plan for colder weather, so getting 60 miles each day is important.  I went home to Richmond, VA to continue the exploration of health through yoga.  As a new yogi, the contrast from such extreme cardio throughout my young life has been euphoric.

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Make sure to remember the immense beauty, visually and spiritually as you reflect upon the lessons from your travels, especially if you find yourself annoyed with some repetitive or difficult task.  Count your memories is smiles, not frowns, but know what has to be done to make sure you can keep making smiles.

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The main reason people die on extreme adventures is the thought that they can overcome powers of nature (National Geographic Live!: The Call of Everest). The main reason people live is being humble enough to know when to stop. As hard as swallowing your pride can be, it’s harder to have to admit to the realities of irresponsibility. Travel happy, travel fun, travel responsibly!!!

Namaste,
Marshall

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Cheley Series

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These pieces reflect Cheley Colorado Camps’ ability to cultivate gratitude for how simplicity can have such a high quality. They are made with water-color, ink, memories, a box filled to the brim with letters and pictures developed from disposable cameras. It would be great to have a platform on which to make good prints of them and sell to Cheley campers and art lovers. I would love to make more of this style.

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Time spent at Cheley Colorado Camps is the most integrative of a person’s life. All of the different creative cravings are satiated in Estes Park, CO. Feeling all of the textures of the Rocky Mountains changes you forever, literally charging you with minerals to come back for more. Cheley has a mentality of responsible adventure, back-boned by the good habits of sustainable living, double-dipped in laughter; all qualities that I strive to incorporate in this art series.

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The piece, below, is from a sea-side cliff in CA, but it has a similar style to all of the others which are inspired by Colorado.CAcoast

I have also explored an oil based, very colorful style (seen below), but do not have the funding to get the time to finish the first piece. It would be beautiful to get some other Rocky Mountains in these vibrant, textured colors.  I’ve started a kickstarter herenotfinishedlongs

It would be great to add color to the following pieces:

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These pieces would do very nicely as print on high quality paper:

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(Mummy Range, above, drawn entirely on actual hike, will post bigger picture).art-00622

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I would like to pull colorful ideas from my photographs of the Appalachian mountains during the self-sustained route 76 bicycle trip last summer. And I have yet to post about my study abroad trips to Antarctica and New Zealand. The main purpose of these trips have been to explore how much one person can realistically do to help sustain earth’s resources.  Moving closer to VCU in downtown Richmond, VA will help immensely with exploration of this topic.

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17 Reasons to Use Relay Foods

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To give you an idea of how well rounded of a mission Relay Foods has, here are some motivating reasons to try grocery shopping on RelayFoods.com.  (Btw, I am not getting paid for this, I simply believe in Relay’s mission).   Relaying fresh products from local farmers and artisans to the city is the most efficient way to:

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1) Directly support and enhance your community.

2) Reduce those unnecessary, hungry-while-shopping items as you shop online for exactly what you need.

3) Practice and increase your capacity to organize and plan meals out for the week.

4) Stick to your health goals, especially with the online meal planning and recipe ordering features.

5) Enjoy high quality without having to go to specialty stores that hike up the prices.

6) Reduce germ transmission during traditional grocery cart and product handling.

7) Reduce unknowns about your product; learn about your local producers and Relay’s standards for selecting them.

8) Find items according to your dietary needs and restrictions through search results rather than roaming isles and doubling back.

9) Increase your body’s ability to adapt it’s immunity by balancing foreign input and local input.

10) Enjoy incredibly fresh produce.

11) Reduce food spoilage and waste in your own home and at the supply center.

12) Reduce controversial and illegal dumpster diving practices.

13) Reduce energy costs built into the price of your product.

14) Get a little fresh air while picking up your groceries.

15) Reduce carbon footprint.

16) Reduce smog in your community when you choose your most convenient day of the week and pick up location combo.

17) Find piece of mind as you participate in such a well rounded food movement.

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I believe in the mission of Relay Foods.  The younger generations will benefit greatly from this style of grocery shopping.  It is the most efficient way to simultaneously preserve food itself, enrich a community, and sustain the Earth’s resources. – Well, um, ME!

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