I’m a professor in the Department of Statistics at Penn State University, and this year will be my second time participating in PAIPL’s ride to DC. However, I haven’t made the trip since 2013, and I was hoping to make the trip this year with my daughter Molly —who made the trip in 2014 and 2015—but unfortunately she has to miss this year’s ride because of school commitments and so this will be the fourth straight year that only one member of our family has gone.
That’s Molly with me in the first picture, wearing our summer league ultimate (frisbee) uniforms from 2014. We’re both fairly active, but beyond my one-mile bicycle commute to work every day, I don’t ride all that much. Certainly multi-day, 200-mile bike trips are not routine for either of us! But we both agree that the physical exertion of the trip is well worth it, for multiple reasons.
When I first rode three years ago, I had thought that the reason for participating in the ride was pretty straightforward: Get some exercise while enjoying the company of friends, then show up in the halls of Congress to discuss issues related to climate change after having made a statement by biking 200 miles to be there. I found that this simplistic description was accurate but incomplete.
In reality, the Continue reading 2016 Rider Profile: David Hunter