July 1st, 2007
(By Chris Wells)
We hope you find this website interesting and its content inspiring. The organizers and I have worked very hard to put the D.R.E.A.M. Ride together. We have tried to make is mission appeal to the greatest amount of people be selecting beneficiaries from a variety of deserving areas of development work. We tried to select organizations with impressive resumes and critical praise. We tried to select a route that was inspiring in its vistas and challenging in its terrain. This ride is meant to appeal to everyone, not just seasoned cyclists. Please do not let the daily distances turn you away. As is mentioned on other parts of this website, we really do want this ride to become an example that shows that the impossible is possible – that anyone can ride 900 miles in 11 days. Our plan to do so is simple: we’re going to do it by riding in increments that each of the riders feels comfortable, be it 20 miles or more. By taking it little by little, the miles will add up and after a few days, 80 miles a day will seem like a walk in the park (no joke, I witnessed it happen last year). Soon you will see that you can complete any distance, it just depends on the time spent on the bike.
So we sincerely invite anyone one has an interest to join us – all you need is a concern for the unjust reality of the developing world, the interest to do positive something about it, and a bicycle. Do understand that this is not a race in any way. We invite you all to take this opportunity to show yourself and others that you CAN DO IT! If you have any questions whatsoever, you can send me an email at chris.wells(at)dream-ride(dot)org.
Thank you for your time!