Whassup?! Yes, there are still people who use the term “whassup,” and I happen to be one of them. Anyways, my name is Josh Travis and I am from Alexandria, KY. I am 23 years old and I recently graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with a degree in English Literature. Despite what the cynics will say about the "practicality" of an English degree, I absolutely love what I chose to study and would not trade it for anything. It has provided me with a beautiful lens through which to view and experience the world, and I am not sure what type of person I would be without it. After taking a year (or two) off of school I plan to return to continue my education in literature, philosophy, or law. Besides my passion for the humanities, I also love music. Ever since I bought my first guitar when I was thirteen I haven’t been able to stop myself from becoming incredibly mediocre at a wide array of quirky instruments including the banjo, ukulele, and harmonica.
In the Spring of my sophomore year of college I had the opportunity to travel to the Crimean region of the Ukraine for two weeks and live with a family of Tatars, an ethnic group who emigrated back to their homeland following the fall of the Soviet Union. The Tatars have established large communities on land that they simply claimed as their own, without any permission from the government, and live in what many would deem rudimentary houses. It was during this experience that I learned how important it is for people everywhere to have a place they can call their own; a place they can call home. Having lived in impoverished areas on the outskirts of Cincinnati and participated in Habitat for Humanity projects previously, I realize that this is not just an issue overseas, but is something that people face everyday in America.
I first heard of Bike & Build through my friend Kelsey who participated in the Northern Route this previous summer. Not only was I envious of her opportunity to ride a bike across the country, but I also admired the fact that Bike & Build advocated for this unique, yet important issue. I knew then that this was something I wanted to be a part of. Perhaps more than anything, I believe that society functions best when individuals make decisions based on what is best for those around them instead of making every decision out of self-interest. I am not claiming to be the most selfless person that one can be, but I hope that Bike & Build will help me start to put my thoughts into action.
Besides the 4,000 miles of roads and the thought of biking up virtual cliffs, I think the thing about my summer with Bike & Build that makes me most nervous is the thought of having to wake up at 6:00 a.m. everyday. I don’t do that. Like, ever. But I’ve heard mornings can be quite pleasant, so I’m interested to see what all of the buzz is about.
I love what books have taught me about humanity, but as Thoreau once wrote, “A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading I must finish by acting.” And so, what better way to do so than by experiencing an incredible summer with Bike & Build!
PS-To all family/friends/coworkers/strangers/stalkers/etc. who are considering donating to my ride, I thank you in advance. It means so much to me to have your support no matter how much you desire to give. And please don't think I am skimping out on donating. In addition to the expenses of the trip, I am committed to giving a matching contribution of 15% of every donation I receive. Thanks again!
|Joshua has currently raised $4,970.|
That's 110% of his $4,500 fundraising goal.