Chuck’s Big Ride, part 2.

Do you remember Chuck’s Big Ride?

In 2015, Chuck Robinson–who co-founded Village Books in Bellingham, WA, with his wife Dee–began a 2400 mile journey on his bicycle, while Dee followed with the support camper. The goal was to bike from Bellingham to Galva, Illinois, where Chuck was to attend his 50th high school reunion. Chuck pledged to contribute $1 per mile to three separate non-profit organizations.

I ‘covered’ the trek through StoryMap, until day 37 when an altercation with some dogs ended Chuck’s ride. The dogs were fine, but Chuck suffered a broken rib.

Two years later, Chuck is ready to climb back on the bike, starting another 2000 mile journey where the last one ended. And we’re following along again with another StoryMap: Chuck’s Big Ride Redux 2017.

“I’ll begin the ride on September 1st where those dogs took me down and, after saying hello to them, I’ll pedal on to Bar Harbor, Maine,” Chuck writes. “Once again, I’m pledging $1 per mile to each of three organizations.”

The three organizations are:

  • The mission of the Whatcom Community Foundation is to “amplify the force of philanthropy—by connecting people, ideas and resources—so that communities flourish.” It helps folks do amazing things in Whatcom County and beyond, making this world a better place for all of us to live. Donate to WCF.
  • Whatcom Community College is celebrating its 50th year—“building futures together since 1967.” WCC has been recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation and leads the region in cybersecurity and nursing education. Donate to WCC
  • The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) has been assisting booksellers in need since 1986, by helping in times of unexpected financial crises. BINC also has given scholarships to bookstore employees and their dependents, and assisted booksellers in attending industry events. Donate to BINC.

Those who want to help may pledge as little as 1¢ per mile for a total of $20, or you can join Chuck and pledge $1 or more per mile.

And if you want to join the ride along the way, Chuck welcomes the company. Just email him to set up an rendezvous point.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay