What prompted a successful musician to put the brakes on his career to spend weeks on the road?
It started with love.
George rides in memory of Carolyn Held, a close friend who made her own bicycle ride across the country in 1988. She died in 2012 after a one-year battle with cancer, and George wanted to make a contribution in her honor.
His first journey took him across the lower 48 states in 48 days, during his 48th year on Earth. He modeled it after Carolyn’s, which she also did in 48 days the year she turned 48. George rode 3,600 miles, solo, and more than doubled his $10,000 goal that year, bringing in $21,000 for the Mayo.
He knew he could push further.
He rode another U.S. route the following year and then decided to intensify the challenge. Iceland brought him through extreme terrain, and Sri Lanka offered a new climate and culture. George felt a new vulnerability riding through an unfamiliar landscape in a country where he didn’t know the language, and he realized that it changed his context and helped him see things from another perspective.
He brought recording equipment and starting interviewing artists and locals on the 2018 Canada trek to share that feeling more widely.
George plans to hold true to his original goals for these epic rides: to push his own limits while contributing to the greater good. But he sees an opportunity to explore new artistic territory and contribute more to the places he visits.
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George Maurer (Reykjavik, Iceland)