How many days does it take to bike 4,000 miles? Is there a price that could convince you to do it? If someone offered you $10,000 to bike across the country, would you take it?
Jim Warner, 31, is embarking on an adventure to travel across the country, and his only mode of transportation is his bike, “Frank the Tank.” Instead of getting paid to bike across the country, however, Jim will be paying it forward by donating raised funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP).
Jim, originally from New York, moved to Newport News several years ago to work at NASA Langley Research Center as a computer scientist and researcher. His goal is to raise $10,000 for BGCVP as he bikes from the coast of Oregon to the coast of Virginia. The total mileage of the trip is estimated at 4,000 miles.
On July 28th, Jim began his ride on Oceanside Beach in Oregon(Above, Jim at Oceanside Beach). He plans to base his route off the TransAmerica Bicycle trail that stretches from Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia.
"People ask me if I've got all the routes planned out," he said. "No, no, not at all. I'm just going to break the long ride down into little chunks and try to enjoy it along the way."
Jim plans to bike 60 to 70 miles a day as he makes this amazing cross-country journey. He has also brought along his laptop so he can work during his down time.
In his first week on the expedition, Jim traveled a long 525 miles. (Right, Jim crossing into Portland after 85 miles of biking on day 1)
Why choose Boys & Girls Clubs to support? From personal experience, Jim has a passion for helping undeserved youth.
“My parents struggled to make ends meet growing up, so I’ve always felt sympathetic to those less fortunate. As a first generation college student, part of my drive to succeed was to put myself in a position where I could eventually give back to groups like Boys & Girls Clubs who help those who need it most,” Jim said.
In addition, Jim has a personal connection to the Boys & Girls Club movement.
“My own father benefitted from the organization when he was growing up on the streets of Chicago,” Jim said.
Before embarking on his two-month journey, Jim toured several of the local Clubs – Pinedale Manor, Greater Hampton Roads, and Crossroads Village. (Below are pictures from his tours at Pinedale Manor and Crossroads Village)
“After seeing the positive impact it’s having on the kids first hand, I felt compelled to help. I was especially impressed by how professional the young kids were who gave the tours, seeing how much promise kids in this area can have if they are given a safe place to grow and mature into adults,” said Jim.
Fundraising is nothing new for Jim who recently turned his birthday into a fundraiser for BGCVP and Binghampton University Rowing. For his birthday in April, Jim told all his friends and family to take the money they would of spent on a present for him, and donate it to the fundraiser. He doubled his goal by raising $2,050 for the two organizations.
When asked how he would succeed at raising $10,000, Jim remarked, “Sure, $10K sounds like a huge goal, and by far the most I’ve ever tried to raise, but you know what - 4000 miles is pretty far too. We are just going to slowly chip away at both of these seemingly daunting goals one day at a time, together.”
The voyage is more than a fundraiser, though. The road trip has been on Jim’s bucket list for some time, and he expects to gain a new appreciation for life. (Below right is a picture of "Frank the Tank" ready for the road, Left is Jim at a campsite during his first week)
”I think above all I want to gain a greater appreciation for all that I have in my life, down to the simple things like a warm shower and comfy bed, which I’m sure I’ll be missing after weeks of sleeping on couches and in tents,” he said.
Jim has been documenting his adventure on his Facebook page “Jim Bikes America” where he provides followers with daily updates and pictures from his travel.
Kids from Crossroads Village Club made this video for Jim
Check out where in America Jim is by clicking HERE!
To donate to Jim Bikes America, go to YouCaring.com
Jim was also featured in The Daily Press and NASA Langely’s website.
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