Christine and I went to see a friend give a talk last night @ Wide World Books and Maps in Wallingford. His name is Mike Lewis, and he used to be Christine’s chiropractor. He had worked hard and built up his practice, his abilities and ultimately his desire to escape his daily life.
Mike had earned his life and didn’t want to waste it, so he felt it was time to cash in on some freedom. The plan was to travel the world solo on his motorcycle with goals of reaching the top and the bottom of our major land masses as he made his around the world west to east, hoping to experience culture and people in a way he never thought possible. The route he took between these “end points” was dictated by among other things, the advice he got on the road, and the weather.
His faithful companion for this adventure was his 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure motorcycle that had been adjusted and modified for the years of exposure and abuse in the form of unmaintained roads, washouts and rainy season mud that lay ahead. Mike left Seattle in March 2009 and systematically logged over 60,000 miles, six continents and over 40 countries in his epic journey.
As we know, most of the world can’t simply take off and travel the world. This is a luxury enjoyed by mostly those in Western cultures. Recognizing this, Mike wanted to do something more. To help give his journey purpose, Mike looked to give to those who are less fortunate than himself, and created a non profit aimed at improving the quality of life and the experience of education by removing the barriers often imposed by extreme poverty, while creating a sense of a global community and service with America’s youth. This Non profit organization is Write Around the World.
Mike will be having a “Welcome Back” party @ Black Bottle in Belltown Wednesday October 10 from 7-10pm and I encourage everyone to show up. Hear his stories, shake his hand, and maybe see the bike! He’ll be sharing his stories of travel and also enlightening us on his work with Write Around the World as well. There will be hosting a cash bar in the private room and showing slides of the trip. Mike will talk about WATW’s projects and he’ll have framed photos taken by the Bolivian children available for purchase. He will also be collecting donations for the Life Spring Kenya schoolhouse, as well as the other projects.
Life Spring Academy is a preschool to 2nd grade school servicing over 60 children, many of which are orphans, in a temporary and unsafe structure. None of the children’s families can afford the high school fees at the local government schools and would otherwise not be able to send their kids to school if it were not for Life Spring Academy. This project is a great service to the people of Nangili, but they desperately need assistance in order to survive.
Please come by and say “Hello”, and if you can’t attend by time or distance, I encourage you to visit the Write Around the World website and support them in your own way. Mike is working hard to help improve the world, and it’s easy for you to help.