Brian D’Apice has done more before 30 than many do in their lifetimes. He served in the military for four years, was deployed to Iraq twice, and upon returning he got his college degree then decided to tour and teach in Southeast Asia. During his deployments and travels outside of the United States, he noticed extreme poverty in the places he visited, and he realized how good we have it here in the U.S.
So he started Bicycle Around America, to help raise awareness for lesser privileged countries like Vietnam. He plans to ride around the perimeter of the Continental United States to spread awareness and raise money to combat extreme poverty.
D’Apice stopped by the Akronist during a stop on his tour to talk about his mission. So far he’s ridden more than 1,800 miles and raised more than $15,000. He’s now on his way to Seattle, Wash., to wrap up the Northern Tier in September. He started the trip on May 4 in Times Square, New York City and is estimated to wrap up around May 2016 back at Times Square and cover about 11,000 miles along the way.
He is doing this as a solo effort on a meager budget and the generosity of new friends along the way. To donate to D’Apice’s effort, visit www.bicyclearoundamerica.com for more information and to donate to either helping him complete his mission or to the charities. You can also follow his mission to bicycle around America on social media.