(English version below.)
In summer 2013, after graduating from college, I biked alone from Western Massachusetts to San Francisco. The journey took 74 days, 3,400 miles, and 7 flat tires. I wore normal sandals, never locked my bike once, never spent a dime on lodging, and never encountered a single bad person.
During the day, I biked on small country roads, following the state maps that I bought from gas stations. Having so much "free time" on my hands as I biked 60 to 70 miles a day, I finished listening to the Bible (Old and New Testament), the Quran, the Book of Mormon, and Moby Dick. In the evening, I knocked on the doors of strangers, asking if I could camp in their backyard. Of the 400 or so doors that I knocked on, one in five let me in, and many invited me to stay inside, and fed me meals.
People of all faiths, colors, and backgrounds went out of their way to help this young man from China -- a stranger, a foreigner, and a traveler. This experience has touched me so deeply, and changed my life for better.
Here are some snippets from the journey.
A pilgrimage around the globe by bicycle, in service of the ecological and spiritual awakening of our time.