Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Carrboro, NC
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The way this usually works:
a: Somebody has a close personal connection with a charity they'd like to raise money for by cycling, they build a website, tell their story to people who can relate and accept donations to both the charity and to direct sponsorship of the ride.
b: Somebody (usually with pretty serious credibility) has a unique, marketable idea--with a plan--they pitch to corporations willing to front gear in return for publicity/exposure/links from a trip website, etc.
c: Somebody falls under category 'a' and/or 'b' and writes adventure travel grants hoping for funding in the form of cash.
d: Somebody works hard, lives below their means, saves enough money and travels on a budget.
e: (And this sounds like you) Somebody wants to travel, doesn't have the time, energy or creativity to execute a, b, c, or d and moves on to the next whimsical dream; or, if their dream is worthy, patiently waits until everything falls into place.
Why would ANYONE want to give you, a complete stranger, money. Especially anyone from this forum, most of whom are busting their own tails (see 'd') to make their own "dreams" come true.
You have plenty of time to save $1500. Get a job, get a second job, cancel your cable, cancel your cell phone and sell everything you own.
When that doesn't work: VISA, Mastercard and Discovery would love to help.