Yearly Archives: 2011

July 2011

Dusty & Gay: Thinking About the American Zeitgeist

July 9th, 2011|

July 10, 2011

Cross Country by Bike – Glenville – Madrid – Bardstown – Berea – Buckhorn – Lookout, Kentucky
Kentucky welcomes us off the ferry across the Ohio River and continues two folk art genre that also graced Missouri and Illinois:  barn quilts and yard/field ornaments.  Many farm houses have an old car or truck in front, part of which is planted with flowers, but the Kentucky farmer who put an old Bucyrus/Erie crane in his field wins the prize.  Huge Bucyrus machines did most of the Panama Canal digging 100 years ago.








Civil Rights Webinar

July 8th, 2011|

Click here to register: Join us for a conversation with Civil Rights Leader Dr. John Jackson: Making Educational Opportunities Real for All
Tuesday, July 12, 8 PM EDT

Join civil rights leader Dr. John Jackson for a discussion about current opportunity gaps

“RIF Now, Pay Later”

July 8th, 2011|

The following video comes to us from Bob Arnold, a teacher at Roy Romer Middle School in Los Angeles. The school faces a 25% reduction of its staff because of budget cuts. This video is incredible on a number of

Virginia Teacher’s “Top Ten Reasons Why I’m Marching”

July 6th, 2011|

Guest post by Tracy Martin, who is a first grade teacher, grade-level team leader, and mom from Virginia.  She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education.

Richard Dreyfuss on Civics, Public Education

July 4th, 2011|

In the spirit of Independence Day, we’d like to share this statement on public education and Civics in particular, which comes to us from Academy Award-winning actor and friend of the March Richard Dreyfuss. Best known for his roles in

Gay & Dusty: So Many American Stories to be Told

July 3rd, 2011|

July 3, 2011

Cross Country by Bike – Bismarck, MO – Chester, IL – Carbondale, IL – Cave-in-Rock, IL – Glenville, KY
This evening was a huge milestone for us, we crossed the Mississippi River and entered Illinois.  Much of the protected forest land of Missouri is called Mark Twain National Forest, but the sight of the Mississippi River brings a flood of Huck Finn images to mind.  We even scanned the shoulder for evidence of a raft.  The next morning we decided to ride along the levee system to see how it had held up with this year’s flood waters.  We were forced to alter our route because the road was under water, the result of recent rains in this lowland area they call “The Bottoms”.







Dusty & Gay: Through the Heartland, Thinking about Values

July 3rd, 2011|

July 3, 2011

Rosalia – Girard, Kansas to Ash Grove – Hartville – Alley Spring – Bismarck, Missouri
Turtles on the road reminded us of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.  They are one of the most important symbols of the book and we couldn’t help thinking of the Joads but there is no evidence of a dust bowl here, all is green and lush.  Kansas was kind to us this last day, she blessed us with a tailwind and a beautiful splash of color.







A Round of Applause for Dusty & Gay

July 1st, 2011|

July 1, 2011

Dusty and Gay are halfway across this great nation. Time to pause and give them a round of applause for sharing their journey, their beautiful photos–and their amazing thoughts. Across the nation–to Save Our Schools. A beautiful testament

Gay & Dusty: a Peanut Butter Toast to George Washington Carver

July 1st, 2011|

July 1, 2011: on the Great Prairie

Scott City to Rush Center to Nickerson to Rosalia
As we make our way from west to east across Kansas we are noticing subtle differences in the agricultural landscape.  Winter wheat used to dominate and many farmers are in the middle of harvest, a very busy time for man and machine.  Now we see more corn and the further east we go the taller it gets.  Each county seems to offer something unique, like limestone fence posts which date back to the 1880’s.

Dusty & Gay–Still Riding, Still Learning

July 1st, 2011|

July 1, 2011
Note: Dusty & Gay have been riding, learning and growing for the past two weeks but their biggest fan (and SOS March social media director) has been on vacation. Beginning with this post, we’ll be catching you up with D & G’s Amazing Adventures.
Pueblo, Sugar City, Sheridan Lake, Colorado to Scott City, Kansas
As we head further into the Great Plains from Eastern Colorado to Kansas, we are meeting some wonderful people who have shown us small acts of kindness that have lifted our spirits.  In Ordway, Colorado, “kids” who don’t have a sprinkler to run through can push a button in the city park and play in the fountains, very thoughtful.
In Arlington, Colorado, Gay spent about an hour talking to a lady who has lived in one of the three occupied houses in Arlington, Colorado all her life.  This 80+ year old woman has “managed” the cross country bike route through her town.  She had an outhouse built for bicyclists at the side of the road and she maintains it, complete with a guest book.  She has met people from all over the world and is very knowledgeable about her region and its history.
When we reached the Kansas border, a local farmer who saw us trying to take a timer photo of ourselves, pulled over his vehicle and took a picture for us.