Exactly two weeks before I set off to the Arctic Circle from Miami. June 30th is the send-off from Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. 10am there will be the regular Sunday service and at 11am the send-off party will begin.
One man, a 503-day solo journey on a motorcycle. 82,459 miles across 22 countries in both North and South America. What a video! Totally inspirational and gets me revved up for my own journey. Enjoy!…..
On April 28th, during Reverend Hallie Hottle’s sermon at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, the tour is announced. You can listen to the announcement by clicking on the link below. Hopefully you’ll listen to the whole sermon because it’s a great one. But if sermons aren’t your thing then fast forward to 11 minutes and 35 seconds and listen from that point onward. Link:
The Ride of Dreams to the Arctic Circle and back again, will receive an official announcement during both services tomorrow. The congregation will hear that we’ll all be working together to raise funds and awareness for Miami Shores Presbyterian Church and UrbanPromise International. It’s been a surreal journey up until this point and I have haven’t even set off on the journey yet. Not the physical journey anyway. The journey has already begun non-the-less. Everyone has come together to rally around the idea and I already have so many people to thank. We must all thank ourselves– because without everyone involved this idea would not have taken off as much as it has. We’re going to have a lot of fun this summer, interacting, meeting people, collecting dreams, hearing what the children of UrbanPromise dream of, tying all their dreams around the church, raising funds for two very worthy causes, uniting the Presbytery across the country, and uniting the 6 UrbanPromise cities across North America. Let’s all dream together. Let’s come together.
“Months ago a parishioner came to Pastor Hallie with an idea. He wanted to ride his motorcycle from Miami to the Arctic Circle and back. Along the way, he’d work and raise money for various organizations, all through social media. She told him he was crazy, but that most great ideas are a little crazy. Now he can’t turn back. Andrew Smith is going to ride his motorcycle 15,000 miles. He’s going to accomplish one of his dreams, meet people, and change how we do ministry. And Miami Shores Presbyterian Church couldn’t be more excited to support him in doing this.”
“What’s your next step? I don’t know for sure, because for everyone it’s different, but I bet it involves choosing something that already lights you up. Something you already think is beautiful or lasting and meaningful. Pick something you aren’t just able to do; instead, pick something you feel like you were made to do and then do lots of that. You weren’t just an incredible idea that God never got around to making. The next step happened for the world when God dropped you on the planet. You’re here and I’m here. God decided to have us intersect history, not at just any time, but at this time. He made us to be good at a few things and bad at a couple of others. He made us to love some things and not like others. Most of all, He made us to dream. We were meant to dream a lot. We’re not just a cosmic biology experiment that ended up working. We’re part of God’s much bigger plan for the whole world. Just like God’s Son arrived here, so did you. And after Jesus arrived, God whispered to all of humanity… “It’s your move.” Heaven’s been leaning over the rails in the same way ever since you got here, waiting to see what you’ll do with your life.” – Bob Goff, “Love Does”
We’re collecting 15,000 dreams– one dream for every 15,000 miles of the Miami–Arctic Tour. Let us know what your dream is. We’ll place it on a ribbon and wrap it around Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. Your dream: from you to God.
I will ride my Triumph Bonneville motorcycle on an interactive fundraising journey from Miami to the Arctic Circle, across Canada to Nova Scotia, and back to Miami. A total of 15,000 miles in 120 days from July 1st to November 1st, 2013.
Why interactive? Because through Facebook, comments on this blog and by email you will sponsor me to visit charitable organizations, volunteer and challenge me to do certain actions, all to raise funds and awareness for a selection of noble causes. You do the easy part: Challenge …. Pledge …. Donate. I do the leg work. And you get to follow the fun via Facebook and blog updates.Click here to follow the tour on Facebook.
You pledge that a $5,000 donation will be given to Miami Shores Presbyterian Church if I make it to the Arctic Circle in Alaska.
You pledge that a $500 donation will be made to Urban Promise if I volunteer at the Urban Promise community center in Camden, New Jersey and photographs the children this charity helps. Post photos on Facebook.
You pledge a $50 donation will be made to the American Cancer Society if I attend a ‘Race for the Cure’ event in North America during the challenge tour.
You pledge a $100 donation to charity if I visit a relative of theirs in need and help out around the house or read a book to them, visit them in hospital or keep them company for a day or so.
Recently Polar Bottle went on the hunt for photographs of Patagonia to place on their bottles. Money raised from the sale of a special edition, ecologically-friendly bottle will benefit Conservacion Patagonica. While my photograph won a competition to become the label of the new bottle, Polar Bottle decided to use a graphic illustration of the Patagonian flag. I’ve seen the mock-up and it’s beautiful. The special edition benefit bottles go on sale next month in stores across the nation.
On Perito Moreno Glacier, photograph by Andrew Hayward Smith
Perito Moreno Glacier is found in Argentina, located in the Los Glaciares National Park. The glacier is 97 square miles (250 sq km) and measures 19 miles (30 km) in length. Additionally, the glacier measures 3 miles (5 km) wide with a total ice depth of 558 feet (170 m). The deepest part of the glacier measures 2,297 feet (700 m). Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. This ice field accounts for the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. The glacier is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of South America.
Grandfather Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, photograph by Andrew Hayward Smith.
A group of travelers rests and takes in the view from the summit of 5,946-foot Grandfather Mountain. They cross the mile-high swing bridge to the summit, listen to wind singing through the bridge’s cable lines, and reach Calloway Peak– the highest point along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. If you want to visit Grandfather Mountain, visit their website for more information: http://www.grandfather.com/