Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cycle 4 Savings!

When the following e-mail came in, I didn't have to think very long about my answer: 'Who wants to help ING Direct US in September by encouraging people to save their money, by performing random saving acts while we´re biking down to Washington DC in three days in orange jersey´s?' Being Dutch, born on a bicycle, they didn't have to ask me twice!

After a few training rides in Delaware in the previous weeks, we started this ride last Wednesday. 40 associates from different locations came together to leave on ING Direct-labeled bicycles. After a great kick-off event with a protein-rich breakfast in Wilmington, the ride to Perryville, MD started. 42 miles with many hills later we arrived in this small town, where we encouraged locals to save their money by picking up their restaurant bill (so that they could put that money in an Orange Savings Account)!

The next morning was early, but that was necessary since we had to bike 57 miles (of which many miles uphill) to Baltimore. It was a long ride, but thanks to a truck full of energy bars and sport drinks (it's still America) we made it. In downtown Baltimore, we encouraged local commuters that used their bicycle by giving them money for their Orange Savings Account. Save your money, ride a bike to work!

On Friday, we had to finish by biking another 50 miles to DC, but thankfully not as hilly as the first two days. However, we got lost in the industrial area of Baltimore (even though two following cars had GPS) which made us race to a meeting point, 10 miles before DC. At this location, the COO of ING Direct US and the mayor of Washington joined us to finish this event! After arriving at City Hall, a press conference was given and the bikes were donated to the city's school system.

We finished this event with a nice dinner and some beers in DC, and a few hours of sleep later we left with the bus back to Wilmington. It was great to be a part of this event!

Here are the pictures:

This guy with the orange cap is DC's mayor!