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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Spotlight on The Spirit of the Trail by Carrie Morgridge

The  Spirit  of  the  Trail  
A  Journey  to  Fulfillment  Along  the  Continental  Divide
“Decidedly  not  for  sprinters,  this  battle  royale  braves  mountain  passes  and  windswept  valleys  of  the  Continental  Divide  from  hinterlands  of  the  Canadian  Rockies  to  badlands  of  the  Mexican  Plateau.”  -
"A  venturesome  minority  will  always  be  eager  to  set  off  on  their  own,  and  no  obstacles  should  be  placed  in  their  path;  let  them  take  risks,  ...let  them  get  lost,  sunburnt,  stranded,  drowned,  eaten  by  bears,  buried  alive  under  avalanches  –  that  is  
the  right  and  privilege  of  any  free  American."  –Ed  Abbey,  author,  environmentalist  and  one  of  the  most  eloquent  and  passionate  advocates  of  the  American  West.    

While  The  Spirit  of  the  Trail  primarily  describes  the  life-altering,  2,800-mile  bicycling  expedition  on  the  Great  Divide  Mountain  Bike  Route  (GDMBR)  from  Banff,  Canada,  to  Antelope  Wells,  New  Mexico  endured  by  Carrie  Morgridge  and  her  husband,  John,  during  the  summer  of  2016,  it  frequently  touches  on  concepts  and  personal  traits  that  are  of  vital  importance  to  the  Morgridge  Family  Foundation  philanthropic  mission.  The  Foundation  strives  to  open  new  paths  for  children  and  adults.  As  bicycling  offers  a  sustainable  method  of  transportation,  the  Foundation  models  sustainable  philanthropy.  And  while  a  cycling  adventure  is  hands-on,  so  is  the  Foundation’s  search  for  worthwhile  projects  to  support.  The  book  serves  as  an  informative  (but  not  too  technical)  guide  for  those  who  are  ready  to  tackle  the  GDMBR  and  anyone  who  is  curious  about  stepping  out  of  their  comfort  zone  and  facing  a  large  or  difficult  challenge.  Carrie’s  voice  throughout  is  inspiring  and  uplifting,  even  on  the  days  when  she  is  tired  of  eating  out  of  a  can,  sleeping  on  the  ground  and  is  considering  giving  up,  she  finds  a  meadowlark  or  a  field  of  gorgeous  wildflowers  to  remind  her  of  all  that  she  is  thankful  for,  and  presses  on.  

As  with  her  earlier  book,  Every  Gift  Matters,  their  Foundation  plans  to  contribute  all  proceeds  to  the  Adventure  Cycling  Association  in  support  of  the  Foundation’s  enduring  commitment  to  health  and  environmental  conservation.  

Tomorrow: Q&A with Carrie Morgridge

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