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    To raise support and visibility for AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corps, while becoming an agent for social change over 3,100 miles of biking.


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Day 6

Day 6 Ohiopyle
Last night, we set up our tent on someone’s lawn! Everyone who we spoke with prior to this journey who biked cross country told us that if you want to cut costs, (and have great stories to tell!) camp on someone’s lawn. People are nicer than you’d expect…the first person we asked were some young guys drinking beer in front a house with lots of outdoorsy gear.
On the way to the town, Alli and JP and I were practicing our approaches on how to ask someone if we could stay with them. We contemplated the idea of saying it was starting to get dark and we still didn’t have a site, or talking about how we were fund raising and trying to save as much money as possible. We wanted to try and stay in their house if possible (warmth, but even more importantly bathrooms are always a plus!)

We asked these guys if they knew of a lawn where people could set up a tent on. They told us the park in the middle of the town was where you could stay one night for free and then after that the city starts to charge you…hmmm. We walked our bikes to the park and lo and behold, saw families, children on the swings, dogs running around. I stood on a flat part of the park and considered staying. But my trusty, (many times more sensible and persistent) bike friends suggested we try asking someone else.

We ended up staying on the lawn on Pam, who owns The Firefly Grill (http://thefireflygrill.com/). Thanks Pam!!


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