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The Long Haul for Hunger is the name of a journey from Seoul, South Korea to Sagres, Portugal on Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bicycles.   The idea is simply to raise money for charity and survive one of the longest continuous bike rides ever attempted.. Learn more about how two ex-U.S. Peace Corps volunteers will accomplish this goal.

A little about myself

My name is Daniel LeLievre and I was born in the United States of America in 1984. I studied International Economics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, USA. I focused my studies on economic development and geography after becoming enthralled with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  After graduation I joined the United States Peace Corps, the United States grassroots-level development organization. As a volunteer, I was sent to the island nation of Samoa, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from the mainland. I worked on the rural island of Savaii as an economic development volunteer in the village of Foailuga.  Struggling to provide drinking water to the village, leaders and I worked on bringing potable water to a village without a running source. With the co-operation of the EU, we planned and funded a water-tank project that brought storable, potable water to every household in the village. I continued my work in Samoa at local elementary and high schools, planning and implementing a computer training center with other volunteers to enable the village and their businesses to learn the computer skills necessary to be successful in the new Samoan business environment. Along with computer training, my team’s efforts promoted women’s equality by providing useful training and funding many women’s group projects such as tapa cloth production, cocoa farming, and spice gardening. It was in Samoa that I met the other rider on this tour, Derek Marshall. After leaving Samoa I moved to South Korea and became an English teacher. While working in Samoa I was overtaken by the joy of teaching children and had found the perfect opportunity in Korea. For three years I taught English, Science, and Culture classes. After the Long Haul for Hunger I plan on earning a Master’s degree in International Development, Cooperation, and Management in order to work with an NGO such as the Mercy Corps.

A little about my touring partner

My name is Derek Scott Marshall and I was born on September 28th, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. In 2005, I graduated from Oklahoma State University’s William S. Spears School of Business with a Bachelors of Science degree focusing in the field of Marketing. Shortly after graduating I left Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA to accept a nomination from the United States Peace Corps to serve as a volunteer in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa. While living on the island of Savai’i in the cozy coastal village of Sala’ilua I worked closely with village councils and acted as a liaison to both government organizations and non-government organizations on their behalf. A few noteworthy projects included: the construction of a computer lab from scratch at a local secondary school, teacher computer trainings for district primary schools, coordination of a book donation from Oklahoma State University’s Student Government Organization, co-facilitating an AIDS awareness workshop, teaching of mathematics for years 12-13, and teaching of basic computer operations to years 9-13 at Palauli Sisifo High School. It was in Samoa that both Daniel’s path and my own crossed. Upon fulfilling the contract with the United States Peace Corps I found myself teaching conversational English to kindergarten and elementary level students in Seoul, South Korea. Not long after arriving I learned that my good friend Daniel was teaching in Korea as well. It is our love of cycling and ultimately our desire to make a positive change in the world that has brought us together for this “Long Haul for Hunger”.

The bike route

This is the ultimate cross-continental bicycle tour. Starting in Seoul, South Korea and continuing by boat to China (due to North Korean visa restrictions) and continuing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.

The gear

This is a fully self-supported tour which means we will pack all my gear directly onto our bikes.  This means during particularly remote stretches of land we will each be carrying upwards of 13 liters of water at a time.  Our bikes are Surly Long Haul Truckers equipped with front and rear racks and four pannier bags for gear. A handlebar camera bag is also attached to hold more gear and maps. Complete camping gear, cooking gear, and clothing on the rear end of the bike.

The Charity

The ultimate goal of this ride is to raise $50,000 for the fight against world hunger.  Unfortunately, over 400,000,000 children go hungry every day.  Over 20,000,000 children under the age of 5 are severely malnourished.  Every 6 seconds a child dies because he or she is hungry.  This isn’t just a problem in Africa, it reaches far within Asia, the Middle East, and even parts of developed countries like the United States.  Mercy Corps was founded in 1979 and currently works in over 36 countries around the world.  They provide multi-faceted relief for not only hunger & malnutrition, but for many other things as well.  Through training, advocacy, and networking, Mercy Corps provides communities with solutions, not just temporary fixes.  They respond to emergencies and long-running problems.

For every $1 you donate to the Mercy Corps, they secure over $11.00 of food and supplies to fight hunger.

Do your part today and support our ride.

Donate securely through www.firstgiving.com/actionagainsthunger

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