Biking -and Giving – Coast to Coast!
Robin and Doug Robertson like to think big – when it comes to health, travel AND philanthropy. They are about to embark on a ‘bucket list’ item where they will ride their bikes from Bellingham to the farthest point away in the continental US. This epic journey begins this summer. They will bike from corner to corner, coast to coast – from Bellingham, Washington, to Key West, Florida. They will be self-supported and self-guided on this “Ride C2C” journey. Both Robin and Doug work, so they planned their trip in “4-week legs” – they will ride as far as they can in 4 weeks and then, the following summer, start at that point to begin the next leg, every summer until they dip their tires in the Atlantic ocean.
As they were planning this adventure, they were inspired to give this epic journey even more meaning with a philanthropic goal: to raise $10,000 to help others. They have chosen three organizations they love and are encouraging supporters to donate in an amount meaningful to them. 100% of the donations go to the organizations.
#1 Whatcom Community Foundation
Why? The Robertsons absolutely LOVE where they live. To use their words, “We want to support the good people who do good work in our home county to help keep it the most beautiful place on earth. The Community Foundation helps to connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities for greater impact.” Click here to donate to the Whatcom Community Foundation.
#2 Arthritis Foundation
Why? Robin has had a total of 10 knee surgeries and severe arthritis in both knees. She still has her “own” knees and cycling is what keeps them healthy. They would love to help find a cure for Arthritis. This ride will be the ultimate challenge for a bad set of knees.
#3 World Bicycle Relief Fund
Why? One bicycle can change an entire community. The WBR provides a cottage industry and new transportation that changes lives in many countries in Africa. With the bikes, student school attendance is up 28%; community healthcare volunteers make 45% more patient visits; dairy farmers increase deliveries by 25%. One bike is just $147. With that bike you will change a life.
They invite you to follow their journey if you want to hear about their adventures (and mis-adventures). If you are glad you are NOT on your bike for 4 weeks, or if you just think they are crazy, come on along and take a peek at our adventure across the country.
About Doug & Robin:
Doug and Robin were married in 1988 but had met a dozen years before while working at a restaurant during their high school years in the Seattle area. It’s a long story, but they can commend a mutual friend for helping them finally get together. They have two children and say their daughter, Elena, and son, Foster, have grown up much too fast.
Doug graduated from Willamette Law School with his undergraduate degree in economics from Lewis and Clark College. He practiced law from 1986 -2015 retiring from his partnership at Belcher, Swanson Law Firm to change careers. Doug is now enjoying teaching as a professor at Whatcom Community College with courses in political science and economics. Robin is a graduate of Huxley College at Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science. She worked for many years as a waste reduction and recycling planner. In 1990, Doug and Robin both left their jobs to travel by bicycle for nearly a year through New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It was during these travels that they decided to make their new home in Bellingham. In 2000, they purchased the Bellingham Training & Tennis Club and Robin has managed the club ever since.
Bicycling has always been a joy for the both of them. Robin is challenged with a particularly bad set of knees (with 10 knee surgeries to date). She claims that cycling is what has kept her healthy and her knees working against the odds. In 2016 she became a best-selling author with her book “Healthy Knees Cycling” and leads the Healthy Knees Cycling and Cycle Moles programs at the club.