Day 3 BWS Tour recap
It’s late Tuesday night. I’m tired. Everyone is tired because we rode hard. As a matter of fact we rode for a good 10-12 miles going 20 MPH which is impressive considering most of the youth have been practicing to only achieve a steady 15 MHP.
But the push at 20 MPH bruised us. It wore us out. So we continued the rest of the rout at a manageable 15 MPH.
At the end of each day we have a circle and perform Good Challenge: recounting what was good and what was challenging for the cyclist for the day.
Where are we now?
Saturday morning the SnR teens got together with Chris from the Triangle Land Conservancy and Elena and Julia from Storymine Media. Elena and Julia were tutoring the youth on storytelling.
They know we want to tell a compelling story about the youth who take on this monumental task of history and self discovery. With the video we want to be able to connect with people and contribute to social good. To bring awareness to our conservation and environmental justice needs.
Specifically, they were shown how to tell their unique story and how to capture it in others.
The final video won't be ready until the fall but with what they've learned we'll be sure to bring you quality footage from the tour as we make our way to the coast and back.
I can't wait to show you what they have in store. During the hands-on portion of the session they were getting REALLY creative.
Hi, this is Abeo, team captain for the 2018 Spoke’n Revolutions teen cycling tour, Bikes, Water & Soul!
We’re getting close to the start of the tour and I’m a little nervous to take on a bigger leadership role. 700 miles is a long way to ride a bike. I’m told it’s ok to be nervous even when It’s a bigger responsibility. Being nervous is only natural. Most of the people on the team will be doing this for the first time. They're gonna bike farther than they’ve ever biked before and be a long way from home.
I’m excited, too, though. I’m excited because we'll learn some incredible things. Things you won’t ever learn in school or read in textbooks. We'll learn about environmental justice, land and water conservation and specifically how we can improve life at home. To be better "stewards of the land" is the term. That’s the book stuff. What's really getting me excited are the things we don’t know we're gonna learn but I know we’ll learn anyway.
We’ll be learning about ourselves. This will be the great gift that we’ll take away from this awesome experience. Experiences that we’ll use to shape who we are. Experiences that I’ll use to guide me in creating something that changes lives. To be the person that helps someone else who was once like me find their way.
Mary, Mary… Where does your water go?
Where does your water go? And who are the people that live there?
This summer the Spoke'n Revolutions team will be traveling within the home state of North Carolina!
We're learning about the rich history of North Carolina this summer as the SpokenRev team follow the Neuse River to the coast and back.
This year, Triangle Bikeworks is partnering with the Triangle Land Conservancy to take you and 13 other teens on a 14-day trip through 18 counties and 77 towns along the Neuse River, down to the Atlantic Ocean and back. Along the way you'll learn about the people of color who changed the course of culture and conservation in North Carolina, and see the historic sites where environmental justice was born.
During the trip they'll strengthen leadership and teamwork skills, and increase self-awareness, self-reliance and self-confidence. I know, those may not be the top items of their list of things to learn, right? Don't worry, they won't even know it's happening.