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Help Lana Go South!
$255 raised
64% of $400 goal
10 contributors
4 Years running
Hi friends! As most of you know, 2 months ago Lana, Sammy, Mariel, and I embarked on our bike journey through Central America. The past two months have been incredible - filled with adventure, compromise, compassion, generosity, kindness, and ...

Hi friends!

As most of you know, 2 months ago Lana, Sammy, Mariel, and I embarked on our bike journey through Central America. The past two months have been incredible - filled with adventure, compromise, compassion, generosity, kindness, and beauty. However, the reality is that things can't always be just good.

About a week ago the four of us arrived in Costa Rica. We split off into two groups in order to accomidate different travel desires. Sammy and Mariel headed to the peninsula and Lana and I made south along the coast. Our routine travel day includes stopping around noon to evade the heat and to find a safe place to sleep. Often we stay at schools, fire houses, a red cross, churches, or with kind people opening their homes to us. 

A couple of days into mine and Lana's Costa Rican travels we were robbed. LIstening to other bike tourers who told us they camped on the beaches in Costa Rica and heeding the advice of a local principal who suggested we camp on the beach, we scoped out a spot on Caldera beach to call home for the night. Families frequented the beach all day and into the evening and we spotted fellow campers rooted south from our chosen site. A man who worked at the beach assured us that it was safe, boasting of the many world travellers that have camped in the exact location.

We felt good. For the first time we decided to camp publicly. We pitched our tent as the sun went down and eased into the night, falling asleep early as we normally tend to do.

At 9:30 pm we woke up to a man who cut into our tent as we slept. There were multiple other people, but he was the only face we could see. He demanded our money and the bags that we had in our tent. After these men left we realized that they had taken most everything. We lost our money, cards, camera, iPod, water filter, backpacks, clothes, panniers, books, Lana's passport, gps, and other small items.

However, we feel extremely lucky. We weren't harmed. AND... We still have our bikes! 

Before this incident I had already made the decision to return home in late December, but Lana was going to continue her journey south and this unfortunate event hasn't deterred her desires to keep at it! I want to help support her in continuing on and I want to ask for your help in doing so!

We put a lot of energy, time, and money into making this trip a reality two months ago. I want to raise $400 so Lana can keep truckin'! She had to buy a new passport and now she needs panniers, a backpack, and clothes. 

I am extremely impressed by her determination to not let this affect her passion. Any contribution to help her continue would fill my heart and our non-existent wallets. 

We've been so grateful for the support and love that has been sent our way so far and are beyond thankful for any type of support we can get to move forward!

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