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Green Neighborhood Challenge Celebration

Posted on June 21, 2011. Filed under: Events |

Clean Currents is proud of all of the efforts of our Green Neighborhood Challenge groups! This program fosters local group efforts to build more sustainable and environmentally friendly communities.

Through participation in this program, neighbors are encouraging one another to switch to wind power and to support a variety of grassroots greening initiatives. Donations from the program will support such projects as community gardens, conducting energy audits, REC purchases, solar panel installations, switching to LED lights, and more!

Over fifty groups participated in our challenge from October 2010 until April 2011. After making the final tallies, the winner of this challenge was Greenbelt, Maryland!

To celebrate the success of our latest Green Neighborhood Challenge (GNEC), Clean Currents employees and GNEC Leaders participated in a canoeing excursion! We had a great time playing in the water simply enjoying one another and the great outdoors.

Want to get your community involved? Learn more at www.cleancurrentsgreenneighborhoods.org or contact gogreen@cleancurrents.com.

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Climate Ride Finale

Posted on May 19, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

We made it! The entire group of 140 Climate Riders completed the over 300 mile bike trek from New York City to Washington DC and we still had energy to burn after the final leg.

Day 5 was WET! We rode through down-pouring rain as we entered Maryland. At least it was warm and let up after awhile. We were all so pumped to get to DC that nothing could phase us at this point.

Seeing all the familiar road signs in MD was exciting because I knew just how close we were getting. We had lunch in Silver Spring, then blasted down the Capitol Crescent Trail to Georgetown where we all gathered to do our victory ride to Capitol Hill.

Our huge group was ringing our bike bells and yelling “we ride for the climate!” as we made our made our way down Constitution Avenue. It was a truly incredible thing to be a part of. After hearing from a few climate champions in Congress and lots of photos, it was already time to pack up and head our separate ways. I am going to miss this group of riders immensely. This experience has charged me up in so many ways!

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Day 4 Was Hills Galore

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

What crazy hills today! We definitely all have sore quad tonight after climbing the biggest hills many of us have ever attempted. Luckily the rain held off for us and it was a gorgeous ride. I found a few great people to ride with which helped ease the mental intensity of getting up those inclines. We had a great picnic lunch- think Hidden Valley Ranch commercial- and are now staying at an amazing outdoor education camp. We need lots of rest now since tomorrow is the longest leg of the ride, plus we’ll need energy for the big rally. Hope you can join us in DC in the afternoon!

Below are some pictures from today. The theme was bike to work day so a few dressed in work clothes!

Join us for our rally on Capitol Hill at 4pm (tomorrow-Tuesday) http://www.climateridelive.org/live/2011/5/4/join-the-brita-climate-ride-finale-may-17-bike-rally-at-the.html

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175 Mile Point of the Climate Ride

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Today we hit the halfway point of ride and then some. It was an epic ride for sure as we experienced a little bit of everything along the 68.4 mile treck.

This morning we had an early breakfast and headed out in a light rain which persisted for a couple hours. With all the hills we kept warm so the cool drizzle wasn’t as unpleasant as I had expected. Then we wound our way through a foggy forested area which made me feel like we were in Fern Gully. Others said this is how they picture Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings. Our first water stop was a bakery in a quaint little village overlooking a rocky creek. We enjoyed fresh croissants before moving on.

I rode with a spunky, energized group who kept me motivated with their singing and chanting up hills. But alas, I fell behind and stayed on my own for the remainder of the morning. The next few hours were a tour of Amish County and endless farmlands. Passed many smelly cow pastures, some traditional horse drawn carriages, even goats and ponies! Unfortunately there were no appropriate bathroom stops for a long stretch so I ended up intruding in a church during their Sunday service because I needed to go so badly!

We had a quick picnic lunch but saved room for our ice cream break just 10 more miles down the road. It was nice to have a group to ride with again. We even pretended to race one another as a group of Amish children cheered us up a hill. Just as the sun came out nice and strong, we arrived at the creamery – which was definitely a highlight of my day 🙂 The Strawberry Climate Ride Sundae was the special of the day just for us. This sweet stop with the addition of the sun and knowing we were closing in on the end of the day did wonders for everyone’s spirits. We were all laughing and having a fine ol’ time together.

The last leg took us on steep climbs in a country setting. Kip the photographer was following my group (via car) for awhile and pepping us up with music and encouraging goofy pics. I rode part of the last mile with a local. He is a truck driver and avid cyclist (a combo I previously considered unlikely). He admired what we were doing and wished us all the best.

The greatest award after arriving at camp was riding the zip line! We all had a blast taking turns and watching one another. A few people took bunks indoors and others chose to camp. After dinner and the speakers we were all pretty beat and many have already been in bed for an hour. I’m going to hit the sack now too. Very proud of myself and the entire group for what we’ve accomplished so far. This is a truly amazing journey we’re taking together.

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Strawberry Climate Sundaes in Amish Country

Posted on May 15, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

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Surging on to Valley Forge

Posted on May 14, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Phew- today’s hills made for a much more challenging day than yesterday! My bike chains also caused some difficulty, but the volunteer mechanic was able to help me out very easily. FYI if your chain is ever jammed, just try flipping the bike upside-down and let gravity work it’s magic.

While I managed to beat the rain, apparently a number of riders did get stuck in a down pour – and we’re in for more tomorrow. Tonight we are being rewarded with dorm rooms! Soft beds and private bathrooms has definitely made everyone happy 🙂

Here are some photos from Day 2: Princeton, NJ to Valley Forge, PA

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Camping at Princeton

Posted on May 14, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Climate Ride update: one day and 45 miles down, four days and 255 miles to go 🙂

First of all I must say how impressed I am with the Climate Ride team for putting on such a well organized bike tour. The planning and execution of this event is impeccable. If you have ever considered embarking on a long bike ride but are still unsure about it, let me recommend participating in a Climate Ride. From the well marked path and directions to the food, luggage handling, and even a speaker series – this amazing team has thought of it all! Every rider is treated very well and it makes this challenge so much easier to take on.

Today has been simply amazing. I’m so glad to be part of this and that it has only gotten started! Already I making new friends and finding more cycling ability in me than I even knew I had!

Looking forward to what tomorrow holds.
-Kristin

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NJ Water Break!

Posted on May 13, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

The Climate Riders are awesome! I managed to stay at the front of the pack for our first long leg of the day thanks to all the adrenaline. After the ferry from NYC we had fake lunchmeat sandwiches for an early lunch then rode 25 miles to Englishtown. Everyone is in a great mood – here’s us having some fun at the rest stop.

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Mass of Cyclists at South St. Seaport

Posted on May 13, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Mission one of the day: don’t miss the ferry
Status: ACCOMPLISHED

Photos of our group of 150 cyclists…

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In NYC for the Climate Ride

Posted on May 13, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Phew! I made it to the start line in NYC in one piece! After spending 25 minutes attempting to find a cab who would take me with all my gear, one cabbie was nice enough to pull over and advise I take the subway as no cab would be willing to take my bike! So I hauled the bike down subway stairs and over the turn stiles (thanks to help from another friendly stranger – in NY of all places, who knew?), somehow managed to get on the right line in the right direction and finally found our check in location. Man, was I relieved to give them all my stuff for the remainder of the journey!

We had a very nice reception and it was great to see all the friends I had made from training. Seeing all the bikes and riders got me so excited for the next 5 days!

Afterwards I got to hang out with an old friend which was a wonderful treat. Below is a view from her rooftop.

Must get some sleep now. Wish me luck for the big start!

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