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Right now, many of us are worried about others—including their mental health. Now more than ever, we need effective skills to watch over our friends, family, and co-workers and keep them safe. LivingWorks Education Start is a simple, powerful online training program to help us recognize the signs of suicide and take meaningful action to protect others. To help reach more people with these life-saving skills, LivingWorks is offering this program at a reduced cost and is donating 25% of the proceeds to OPAAT Movement. No matter who we are, every one of us can make a difference in #SuicidePrevention. Even apart, we’re #InThisTogether. Sign up for LivingWorks Start here: start.opaatmovement.com
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This was the last photo taken of our founder, Daniel Hurd, with his Bicycle and US Camper. He rode into his 44th state, over 2.5 years, over 17,600 miles traveled when he was struck by a vehicle. He was Med Flighted to Flagstaff, AZ on October 22, 2020. Daniel does not have any memory of the accident and required three different surgeries to close up his wounds on his legs. He was discharged on November 2, 2020 and taken to see what was left of his possessions. During this whole process he stayed mostly in high spirits. He had to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions but kept his positive attitude the majority of that time. Daniel was invited by Chris Noell to stay in Gordonville, TX to heal and was given an opportunity to start a new chapter of the movement! "Movement Mondays" will be a podcast series hosted by Dan on the "Heart Of A Volunteer: Veterans Podcast". Dan will share the experiences of others movements while connecting and sharing OPAAT Movement. We are excited to continue to support Daniel in this next project and we wish him the best and most speedy of recoveries!
Im looking for your help to support 2 families that are in need of our support. Both of them have separate reason that they could use the help and I am hoping that you will support me by supporting this. Neither family knows that I have asked for help and would love to present them with half going to each family.
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I am Daniel Hurd of Ride With Dan USA and the One Pedal At A Time Movement (OPAAT Movement). This is how this journey all started for me and how a movement was born for us.
In 2017, I was in a dark place in life. I had tried to commit suicide for the third time and felt like my life was this dark void. After I was released from the hospital I was in the stage of telling everyone I was better but deep down I still had no idea how to change my life or what direction to go in.
My best friend had tried for years to get me to go bicycling with him with no success. He was an avid rider and I never really had the motivation to join him. I rode motorcycles and in my mind that would be a downgrade. This time though for several reasons I ended up taking up his offer. With nothing to lose I decided to ride with him and two mutual friends. We rode 20 miles. It felt good in the moment but I still felt the same after. A few days later we rode again. This time 30 miles. Again in the moment riding felt good, but this feeling of being in a void lingered. What changed everything was the third ride I took with him the following weekend. We took a 166 mile trip. I remember in the first half of the ride falling asleep while riding and barely made it to our destination. What helped me get through it though was the encouragement of my friend who told me "stop worrying about what we've done and don't worry what we got left; it’s left right left, one pedal at a time."
After that trip everything changed. I realized what got me through it wasn't worrying about the past or the future but only by living in the moment. Taking it “one pedal at a time" became my mantra and my turning point. Hearing that being said to me was like someone throwing a glow stick in the void. My void wasn't as deep as I thought.
I fell in love with bicycling quick and started planning longer trips. I became addicted to cycling. This was a better addiction then my past choices of alcohol and drugs. Only a few months of riding I knew that I needed to do something EPIC. Realizing living in the moment was the key for me in my life which has led me to this journey. On March 5th 2018 from Massachusetts I started on a projected 3 year EPIC Journey of the Lower 48 States.
Over 2 years on the road now with over 15000 miles recorded, 39 States bicycled and over 75 Suicide Interventions conducted. If you are struggling lets talk about it. If you know someone in need be willing to listen to them judgement-free. This journey has saved my life and helped many, looking forward to continuing to make an impact. During the Covid-19 outbreak, I was able to am use that time to continue to develop and improve the 501c3 nonprofit One Pedal At A Time Movement. On May 27th 2020, I left Mobile Alabama with a rental truck. I went west to gather my bicycle and belongings from where they were stored. I drove north stopping in New Mexico for a bike ride and returning the rental in Denver Colorado. The journey has restarted but its already different for many reasons, but we keep adapting and making progress. Be sure to see my progress in the MAPS section and join me on this EPIC adventure through social media and your always welcome to join me for a ride.