If you’ve watched our Facebook photos very closely, you may have noticed some interesting stickers on some of the riders’ bikes. Here’s what those are all about… and how you can get your very own!

After years of giving riders trophies or medals for finishing a ride, we’ve decided to do something a little different. The idea is that unlike medals or trophies that collect dust on a shelf, these are something that we can put on our bike or helmet, and will be with us every time we ride. They’ll be more visible to others, giving us opportunities to share about the Fuller Center and our adventures and they’re a way to memorialize our years with the Bike Adventure -- kind of like feathers in a cap or college football stickers on a football helmet. Also, they’re quality outdoor stickers like bumper stickers, so they should survive for years through rain, hail, and even massive headwinds (as some 2014 riders may be able to confirm!).

How it works:

1. They're earned: they will only be given to riders and support volunteers. We have other ways to thank church hosts and others.

By David Snell,
President, The Fuller Center for Housing

When Jesus counseled us to reach out to the poor, He probably didn’t mean for us to make them dependent, rob them of their self-esteem and take away their initiative. Unfortunately, that’s just the effect that much charitable giving has. The Fuller Center for Housing offers people of goodwill a more enlightened way of giving.

Our spiritual founder, Clarence Jordan, wrote that, “What the poor need isn’t charity but capital, not social workers but co-workers.” That simple sentence guided Millard Fuller’s housing ministries and guides The Fuller Center to this day.

We provide capital and construction help to those in need, allowing them to own a home. Partner families are selected on the basis of three criteria — need, willingness to partner and the ability to repay costs on terms they can afford, over time and with no interest charged or profit made. In most cases this means that a family can own a simple, decent home at a much lower monthly cost than they would pay in rent for a lesser dwelling.

by Lydia Huelskamp

Along this ride I was handed a quote. This quote said, “It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

Today as we came over the last hill and saw the Pacific Ocean I realized how true this quote is. Feeling the sand and seeing the mass of blue stretching for miles would have meant nothing if it hadn’t been for the miles ridden to get there, the strangers turned family around me, and the experiences had, and the memories made along the way. We have pushed ourselves through headwinds and pulled each other in pace lines. We have ridden through rain, construction, and days that couldn’t have been better. We have done archery, water skied, and floated down rivers. We have painted, built, and done yard work for others. We have teased each other, laughed with each other, and encouraged each other. We have turned these nine weeks from simply getting to an end into a journey worth remembering.
by Michael Lamorgese

Today was the last long day of this 9 week adventure. It is truly amazing to reflect on everything I have experienced on this trip. The first day I was so nervous and felt as though I could die because I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. Nine weeks later, with one day left, there is not one word that can describe what we experienced throughout this cross country bycicle adventure.

Some days while on the bycicle we have strong head winds, sometimes climbing mountains, but with all of this comes the beauty of nature, hearing and feeling wind, but not being able to physically see it.
But at the end of the day we all reflect on the crazy adventure, whether it be the rocks all over the roads, bugs hitting our faces, or even just seeing Tom doing his dance at the rest stops.
by Jenny Zeroun

My name is Jenny and I am a whole way rider this year, only 2 days away from finishing this coast to coast journey with 31 of my most closest friends.

Today we rode from Yakima, WA to Packwood, WA over White Pass at 4,500 feet elevation. The ride started out with headwinds for about the first 20 miles and then took us up highway 12 to Rim Rock Lake where we had a rest stop before the pass. The views made the incline so enjoyable and passed the time quickly as we rode in awe of the mountains, the water, and the green that is Western Washington.