Walking through the town of Vilcabamba, Ecuador I came across two bicyclists (brothers) taking a rest in front of a small store. I asked them if they were going to be spending the night in Vilcabamba or heading down the road. They informed me that they were looking for a place to camp and I suggested that they take a look at the hostel that I was staying at, since the hostel offers a place to pitch a tent.
About a hour later I noticed the two brothers stride into my hostel with their hardened steel bikes at their side.
Seth and Parker Berling informed me that they have been traveling for over a year (12,000-miles) and still have up to 7 months to travel to complete their 17,000-mile mission. They started their bike journey in Alaska, North America and will complete the bike journey in Argentina, South America. They are riding to bring awareness to the Bristol Bay Watershed proposed open pit pebble mine in Alaska. If the company “Northern Dynasty Minerals” succeeds in getting a permit to mine this area, it will devastate the pristine area and destroy the largest salmon runs in the world. The proposed open pit mine would be the the largest in North America. Not only devastating the area for all the animals that call this place home, but also affecting the Alaskans that the Bristol Bay Watershed has sustained for generations.
Seth and Parker Berling ride to save Bristol Bay.
Please educate yourself and support these crusaders about their important mission by visiting their website. www.PebblePedalers.com