Day 12: Alta, Tour’s End

The bike tour dished out hot temps, rain and hail along the way as I passed through spectacular parts of Utah over eleven days covering 750 miles on the most important ride of my life. This was my fourth tour: three times as a candidate, and this time a listening tour across the state. Bottom line, it is about connecting with people and having discussions on climate with people across the political spectrum. The tour was productive in that way. Listening first opened the way for progress on what the solutions should be.

It was very special for me to bike up Little Cottonwood Canyon and finish in Alta. This mountain town was a big part of my life for many years, that taught me a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. It inspired my humility for the mountains and the raw, beautiful power of nature.

I appreciate all who attended and many thanks to the speakers:

Alta Mayor Roger Bourke
Laura Briefer, Director of Public Utilities
Brian McInerney, Sr Hydrologist NWS (Retired)
Sophia Nicholas, SLC Deputy Director of Sustainability
Frances Ngo, Conservation Outreach Biologist Tracy Aviary
Montana Burack, Park City High School Student

I am grateful for the tour to provide me the opportunity to pedal for a purpose, connecting with old friends and some new ones along the way! A few thoughts:

  • It’s about the people
  • Listening First is an opening
  • Positive persistence
  • Talk with others about climate
  • Be in action/contribute somehow For the greater good
  • Help build political will
  • Bring our country together

In appreciation for Adam Naisbitt, Craig Blouin, Liz Haigh and Allen Gilberg, all who were great friends and who contributed to my climate work over the last 12 years. You are missed.

Emily, I will continue to dream big for what I want to happen!

Love to all,


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  1. I have looked through all of the pictures of this incredible tour. Beautiful scenery, community engagement, riding in the dark, rainy campsites, and certainly a commitment to our common home all while needing a hip replacement. Thank you Bill for telling Utah about our climate and how we can do our part to create safe and healthy communities.

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