Hardy Dexheimer quit his job and is riding his bike around the world.
We caught up with him outside his home town in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to see how the trip was going.
“This is exciting. You are riding your bike around the world. How long you been on the road?” I asked him.
“I left yesterday morning,” Hardy said proudly. “I have sponsors for every mile of the trip. I hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities.”
“Great. You are doing wonderful things to help people. How far have you traveled at this point?” I said.
“Well, I technically haven’t started yet riding my bike,” he explained. “Up to now, I have been riding in various parades around town as different communities in the area celebrate my project and wish me well,” he said.
“You aren’t counting those parade miles in the total for the charity fundraising, are you?” I asked.
“Well, the truth is I am,” he said. “Those miles where I was riding in the parades are going to count because they are part of the entire project. In fact, I am scheduled to be in a parade in every community I go through this summer. I’ve also arranged for transportation from one town to the next, so I don’t have to waste any time cycling from parade to parade,” he explained.
“So, you are going to be riding in parades in every town, and you taking transportation from one town to the next. It doesn’t sound like you are going to be doing any actually cycling,” I said.
“Oh no,” he said. “I will be doing plenty of cycling at the end of the project. For the project itself, I didn’t want to get bogged down in losing energy and feeling sluggish. Also, the parades and transportation allow me to cover more ground and raise more money,” he said.
“But aren’t the people who pledged money thinking you are actually going to ride your bicycle the whole way?” I said.
“It was pretty clear in the fine print of the pledge forms that I would not be doing any actual peddling until the project is over. I will probably ride my bike from the final parade here in Pittsburgh back to my house. I should get home just in time to see the Game of Thrones marathon I have waiting for my return.”