Day 1: Today, the “Ride for Renewables: No Tar Sands Oil on American Soil!” was officially launched at the US/Canada border where with my friend Harvard Ayers, we each each drew our personal lines in the sand against TransCanada. The ride began 16 miles south of the border in the tiny town of Loring, MT (pop. 11), where the local pastor Cindy Clark had been kind enough to store the rocket trike overnight in her shed. After briefly crossing into Canada, I reentered the U.S. on the trike to begin the long trek south to Texas. The day was marked by strong, chilly crosswinds, but was happy to be immersed in Big Sky country. Montana’s beauty never ceases to enthrall me. Encountered 2 hawks, 3 curious horses and countless curious cows during the day’s ride. Did a roadside interview with a reporter from the Phillips County News, who Harvard had called, but a local radio station declined to do an interview for fear of losing advertising dollars. Rolled into Malta in a light rain 70 miles later, just as the light was starting to fade. Great day 1.