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3 Days on James Bond Beach, Jamaica

This past October I was very fortunate to have been sent to Jamaica by my lawyer, Clay Parks, to help out with a non-profit organization that he is involved with. There is a whole lot of backstory on how a bike mechanic ends up in Jamaica teaching people how to work on bikes, but the important part here is that I got to go to Jamaica to teach people how to work on bikes! It was an awesome trip, but as it was mostly work, believe it or not, there was only a little ride time. We brought a shop's worth of tools and supplies like cables, housing, tubes, tires, patches, chains, etc, to keep the bikes maintained, as they are setting up a community bike shop. Common things like tubes and tires that we are used to being able to buy almost anywhere are actually quite scarce in Jamaica. The locals go much further to fix things and keep them running than in the U.S. because replacements may not be available at all or any time soon.

Our tropical classroom. 

Our tropical classroom. 

Introductions by Jonathan Gosse, Executive Director of the Oracabessa Foundation. He helped create the Two Wheels, One Love program in 2015, which aims at fostering young cyclists by building community around BMX competition, cooperation and love for the sport.

Introductions by Jonathan Gosse, Executive Director of the Oracabessa Foundation. He helped create the Two Wheels, One Love program in 2015, which aims at fostering young cyclists by building community around BMX competition, cooperation and love for the sport.

Getting into the gears and hubs. 

Getting into the gears and hubs. 

Tough conditions to teach under.

Tough conditions to teach under.

Learning how to wash a bike. 

Learning how to wash a bike. 

Sanchez, the program's main mentor and instructor, and a Braves fan.

Sanchez, the program's main mentor and instructor, and a Braves fan.

Learning the differences between shifter and brake cables.

Learning the differences between shifter and brake cables.

Wildin' out. 

Wildin' out. 

Program graduates. 

Program graduates. 

At the Eden Park BMX Track

At the Eden Park BMX Track

Last day of teaching led us to the bmx track for a few laps.  They didn't know this whiteboy was familiar with bmx. 

This was a very fun trip for Jane and me. Clay took us through the Blue Mountains to get to Kingston for our flight home which was a very scenic drive.  

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Visit the websites for more information about the Oracabessa Foundation and Two Wheels, One Love.

Special thanks to Clay Parks for the opportunity to help with such a cool project. http://parks-law.com

The view from Cafe Blue, home of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, one of the finest, scarcest, most expensive coffee in the world.

The view from Cafe Blue, home of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, one of the finest, scarcest, most expensive coffee in the world.

Wah gwan.

Wah gwan.