Five companies jumped on board and sponsored the trip in some way:
Perseus Books Group–This publishing conglomerate publishes a book called Delaying the Real World, a manual for 20-somethings who are looking to do something unconventional after college. Each year, Perseus awards a fellowship to one young person who is doing something unique, something other than the 9-5 grind. Perseus gave me $3,500 towards my trip. Thank you!
REI–The Marlton, New Jersey REI store agreed to supply me with spare parts and gear throughout the ride. The bike mechanics at the store helped me get the bike put together and I purchased a lot of my gear through REI before I left. Thank you, Herb, for helping me get the sponsorship details sorted out!
Big Agnes Tents–Big Agnes sent me a new tent pole free of charge. Their customer service is exceptional, they send prompt email responses, and they make high quality, light tents. Thank you Big Agnes!
Copper Bottom Sales–This outdoor supply company from New Jersey, U.S.A. provided me with a compass and agreed to help me out with outdoor clothing in the future. The company’s founder, Joe Rand, is an avid climber and supports climb-for-charity events. Thank you Copper Bottom Sales!