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Posted by on Apr 5, 04:09 AM
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“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

Today (03/04 April) is the Orphan Ride’s birthday: one full year has elapsed since we bade farewell to friends, comfort and familiar scenes for the trials and joys of the open road and rough-hewn trail. One year has passed, and one year remains, or two, before we set our blistered feet on familiar shores, and compass the object of our little adventure.

At present we are celebrating our one-year anniversary and the Easter Holiday just north of Rome with the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart whose order operates the orphanage in India – they are all very kind, and it seems an auspicious day to find comfort and rest in the bosom of so warm a surrogate family at the outset of the second part of our journey.

Thus far…

We’ve meandered some 20,000 kilometers between Seattle and the other great cities of West—a small matter of some four million pedal strokes—and managed to raise over $30,000.00 for charity —thanks, that is, to our sponsors and the many benefactors who have contributed their hard-earned cash to the greater need. You can see our anticipated route here . Of course we are grateful, but have high hopes for the future: our ultimate goal is $200,000.00, and we plan to reach it.

What’s to come?

In two weeks’ time we sail from Italian shores to Greece, and cross by land into Turkey, bidding farewell to Europe and the West until sometime in 2011. Thus begins the next and final leg of our journey around the world: across Asia to Japan, via Kazakhstan, India, China etc.. We hope to arrive at the Indian orphanage for the 2010 Christmas season (accidents, attacks, and bankruptcy barred).

What else, eh?

Blog posts and photos: technologically speaking, I’m back in business – thanks to Catherine for schlepping my new laptop across the Atlantic. My other laptop met its unfortunate end recently in Sintra, Portugal. Look forward to loads of (my) photos from Morocco, Spain, and Italy in the near future.


A plea: if you know of anyone traveling to or from some point near our current location over the next few months, someone who could deliver things to us, or carry thing home for us, please let us know.

Yours to the bitter end,


da Roma


  1. Andrew and Randall, It was a blessing opening up my email this morning and receiving this post from you. Blessed Easter to you two, too! I can’t begin to imagine what you have gone through thus far in one year. The prospect that yet another one or two lies ahead has to be daunting. It is only with God’s grace and strength that you have endured so far. You two certainly are fighting the good fight and racing the good race. You will be blessed beyond measure when you hit the finish line! You remain in my prayers as I follow your journey on your beautiful blogs, descriptions and pictures.

    Grace and Peace,

    — LeRoy · Apr 5, 08:46 AM · #

  2. Congrats on finishing a full year of cycling! Rome — what a great place to be! …can’t wait to see the pics from there. Little J still asks, “Where are the bikers now, Mama?” It’s a great starter for a lil’ geography lesson. Please remember us in your prayers as we still remember you in ours. Happy Easter!

    — DJ and JDT in KS · Apr 5, 08:59 AM · #

  3. happey birthday!!!

    when you come to israel? you need something in israel when you arrived?
    god bless you.
    we reed all the posts.

    haim bar

    — haim bar · Apr 5, 12:42 PM · #

  4. Randall,
    Your trip sounds amazing so far. Keep up the good work.
    Also, you mentioned you need things carried home? I am in Florence, Italy and will not be flying home until June 1st, but what exactly do you need to go home?

    (I don’t know if you remember me, you were in our dance classes.)

    Twyla Dill · Apr 5, 01:15 PM · #

  5. Greetings, all! Glad to feel your love.

    In regard to the questions:

    Haim, I for one plan to be in Israel in May, maybe the 3rd or 4th week of the month. Which part of the country do you live in? I would love to meet up! Also, what do you know about boats from Haifa to Turkey or Cyprus? That is my plan if it can be done.

    Twyla, I believe Randall has contacted you. Hope that we can meet up for coffee in Florence!

    Andrew Leese · Apr 7, 12:49 AM · #

  6. Great to get the update and see you are still going strong, maybe on your third anniversary we’ll see you in the land down under. A happy belated Easter! God Bless.

    — Alison Haxell · Apr 8, 03:31 AM · #

  7. hi andrew+randall

    i send you privet email

    — haim bar · Apr 8, 05:07 AM · #

  8. send to me empty email/

    — haim bar · Apr 8, 08:10 AM · #

  9. Happy birthday!!!
    I’ll wait 4 u in Napoli…
    See you soon

    — fralange · Apr 8, 09:55 AM · #

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