Council Eyes Honor for Berkeley Lad, 12, Who Biked 1,851 Miles for Climate
The Berkeley City Council agenda for Tuesday night includes a proclamation honoring 12-year-old resident Zeke Gerwein who rode 1,851 miles by bike from the Mexico border to Seattle to raise funds for climate work by the Sierra Club.
Zeke Gerwein, 12, of Berkeley sets out June 16, 2013 for his 1,851-mile bike ride from the Mexican border to Seattle to raise money for the Sierra Club. Shown also is Jonathan Farmer, who rode with him to San Francisco. Photo credit: Sue Phan
He rode accompanied by adults on the way, beginning on June 16 with Jonnie Farmer on the San Diego side of the fence at the Mexican border. (See accompanying photo.)
The diary includes many photos from the journey as well as sundry episodes, like the encounter with a waitress named Sandy in La Jolla:
"We reached Brockton Villa around 8, starving, having gotten lost just before it," the diary entry for June 17 says. "We ordered the Coast Toast, which was pretty good. I saved half of it which turned out to be a good idea later. The waitress, Sandy was very supportive about our ride and even payed for the Coast Toast!"
Worthington's proposed resolution is accompanied by background material that includes a quote from a letter Zeke wrote to relatives:
“I feel I should do everything I can to reduce the threats to many plant and animal species who will suffer from global warming.”