Bike & Build - Carly Krotowski

Carly Krotowski

Prov. to Seattle 2016
Miles: 4054 / 4054       Days: 77 / 77       Build Days: 13       Rest Days: 3       Location:  Route is over    

Hi, my name is Carly Krotowski. I am currently a 23 year old living in Boston and studying Architecture at Northeastern University. I love hiking, camping, music, baking, hammocks, finding money you left in a backpack two weeks ago, crossword puzzles that I can actually solve without cheating, long walks on the beach, and, of course, biking across the country for affordable housing.

I am excited to bike across the country and see things I have never seen before. I am also really excited for bike short tan lines. I currently have two bikes in my apartment, and will be adding a third from this trip, so you can safely assume it is a big part of my life. The past few months I have gone from casual commuter to actually cycling. I added a road bike to my collection, mastered changing a flat (I suspect this will come in handy), and even managed to successfully install a brake on my road bike without serious injury. I initially planned on spending my summer between undergraduate and graduate school driving across the country before I came across Bike & Build and slowly became obsessed with it. While studying architecture, I have gained a lot of exposure and knowledge about affordable and low-income housing, and I would really like to get involved more with it, plus I love biking. I have already told several people about my plans so that way I really have to follow through with them or it will be really awkward.

I have lived on every US border, but I have really not seen the interior. I have lived in Canada, California (twice/three houses), Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Massachusetts. I came to Boston five years ago, and by the time I finish grad school, it will be where I have lived longest. I have seen firsthand how housing prices can vary between Northern California, the South, and Boston. As the third most expensive housing market of any U.S. cities, Boston has shown me the impact that affordable housing has on social diversity in cities. However, Boston has also contributed to my love of biking. Everywhere I lived, I tried a different sport (gymnastic, volleyball, and soccer) only to learn just how unathletic and uncoordinated I am. Thank god biking does not require that. I will gladly bike 40 miles for fun, but you would have to pay me to run 5.

I cannot wait to get involved in raising money, spreading awareness, and constructing affordable housing this summer. I also cannot wait to say that I have biked across the country. I am far less eager for all the hills, the flat tires, and all the sunburns that will surely ensue, but I know it will all be worth it in the end. Most of all, I am excited to find a group of complete strangers with the same crazy idea as me.


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Carly has currently raised $4,837.
That's 107% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.
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Jun 13 - Ithaca, NY
Jun 20 - Youngstown, OH
Jun 24 - Columbus, OH
Jun 29 - West Lafayette, IN
Jul 2 - Bloomington, IL
Jul 8 - Ames, IA
Jul 18 - Rapid City, SD
Jul 23 - Casper, WY
Jul 30 - W. Yellowstone, MT
Aug 3 - Helena, MT
Aug 6 - Missoula, MT
Aug 10 - Coeur d Alene, ID