Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Post Mother Road 2011 - Ride in Beauty:

Many blessings to everyone for the beginning of this New Year.

It seems like Mother Road 2011 just ended. Tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms, the first 2 weeks of my ride, I encountered them all. It reminded me of a video game, dodging one thing after another. I met people who lost family, friends, homes and vehicles. I was offered shelter and I offered comfort. Americans are tenacious and Americans have huge hearts; 4500 miles across our country and I was welcomed every inch along the way. I want to thank all of you who supported Mother Road 2011.  Your generous tax-deductible donations made it possible for me to continue to create voices for those families impacted by coal and to make those voices heard across our country.  There is much work yet to be done.  We need your support for this year's fund-raiser, RIDE IN BEAUTY.

The title came to me from the Navajo prayer, Walk In Beauty, which translates into living in the moment in mind and spirit. Ride In Beauty seemed an appropriate title as I pictured myself riding my trusty Harley 3000 miles through the pristine landscape known as the Grand Circle of the Southwest. The purpose of the ride is not only to raise funding for Question of Power, but to photograph this magnificent country which, unfortunately, we are losing little by little to our continuous need for natural resources. So once again I'm asking for your support. 2012 projects include: Black Mesa, AZ water contamination, Four Corners, NM strip mining encroachment and coal ash disposal, Bokoshe, OK coal ash disposal, and Fairbanks, AK coal ash disposal.  This year we will also be creating an educational program for students working within their communities to tell their stories.  To learn how you can help please log on to RIDE IN BEAUTY.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

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