From the Arctic to the Antarctic on a Bamboo Bike: The Miraculous Journey of Two Wild Dutchmen Cycle for Water: A Bamboo Bike Trip from the Arctic to the Antarctic
Images courtesy of Cycle for Water; Interview conducted, condensed, and edited by Zak Stone
Cycle for Water's Michiel Roodenburg (on left) and Joost Notenboom (on right) are badass, simply put. The two Dutchmen are taking a 18,641 mile road trip–on bamboo bicycles. Traveling from the tip of North America to the root of South
GOOD:How are you storing the water from the Arctic? How much water did you collect?
JOOST NOTENBOOM AND MICHIEL ROODENBURG: The only good thing about starting in Deadhorse was that we
G:What's the most amazing thing that's happened on your trip thus far?
JN & MR: This trip has already completely reinforced our faith in humanity. We've already met so many wonderful p
G:What was the most grueling leg of the journey so far?
JN & MR: The worst part of our trip, without a doubt, was the start. We hadn't trained at all for this thing. We obviously knew ho
G:According to your website, your bamboo bicycles are supposed to help prevent sore butts. Has that proved true?
JN & MR: Yeah, it's totally true. It's funny as well since we're using
G:Has this trip changed the way you think about the United States?
JN & MR: The more you know, the less you know right. It's hard to define the United States, or define one homogeneous United
G: Where are you most excited to go once you get south of the border?
JN & MR: We'll be crossing the border on Monday (November 8) and will be cycling through that part of the world for the nex
G: What do you hope to get out of this trip, both personally but also in terms of the fresh water cause that you are advocating for? Are you trying to raise money as well as awareness?