Recently a reader e-mailed BroBible about the amazing bike adventures of Adam Pawlikiewicz. Rather than withering away in his parents' basement, wallowing in post-grad ennui, the 2013 William and Mary grad spent his summer biking from Colorado to Florida for a great cause. Because that's what true Bros do after graduating college: Stand up and do something, not sit around feeling sorry for oneself like a listless bum.
Adam told us his story:
I rode for 54 days trekking across 10 states: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida with a total mileage of 3535.6 miles. My longest mileage in a single day was when I reached my final destination - 170.91 miles in just 12 hours. I camped, slept in churches, fire stations, hostels, motels, and even a historic jail. I also stayed with friends, family, and strangers I met along the route. I lived pretty minimally, eating several PB&J sandwiches and bowls of oatmeal and spaghetti.
And shared this pretty incredible video of his cross-country trek:
This is why he embarked on such a crazy journey:
Besides hoping to inspire others, I also have a goal of fundraising $5000 for an education non-profit that I am passionate about: The Ponheary Ly Foundation.
The PLF’s goal is “to locate and serve the many children in Cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable educational opportunities.” I have visited the PLF and have seen the impactful work that they are doing to help build a better future for not only these children but for the developing country.
Inspiring stuff. Way to be a stand-up dude and rally support for an awesome cause you believe in. I think a lot of post-grad Bros could learn a thing or two from Adam and his journey. Don't be a whiny post-grad sulker who wakes up at noon and eats the Frosted Flakes your parents are still buying for you at the age of 23: Get out there and do something epic.
For more information on The Ponheary Ly Foundation, check out their website.