From October 2019 to March 2020 I was solo-cycling through the Americas; from the Bronx Zoo in NYC towards Karukinka Natural Park at southern tip of South America. After 7,000 miles of cycling, I made it to Chile on-schedule, but was forced to evacuate due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
When I returned home people often asked me if I was sad or upset from not reaching my goal. I had hoped to reach Karukinka, yes. I have always dreamed about the mystique of the Patagonian Fiords, but I made many friends, saw many places, experienced many high and lows, and learned a great deal along the way. To me, the journey was my goal and I was present and responsible for every bit of it.
Why spend 5 months cycling through the Americas?
I've dedicated the past ten years to studying urban ecology and connecting people to nature in NYC to contribute to a more equitable and environmentally sustainable future. I took a leave of absence from WCS to step outside of the familiar, challenge myself mentally and physically, and see first-hand the changing Human Footprint at a continental scale.