by Leah Spurlin
Today marks our last build day on this year’s bike ride. It’s kind of bittersweet as I look back over the 8 weeks full of accumulating miles, drastic changes in landscape in each region, all the people we met along the way, and mostly the 9 build days we had. Those build days gave us a “day off” of our bike saddle. It’s a time we gave back and worked towards the purpose of the Fuller Center, the root of why we ride every day.
I remember the first build day we had in Atlantic City, New Jersey.We were still strangers to each other. Now I look around at all the faces and am grateful that they are such a huge part of me. I know their stories, their struggles, their praises, and most of all their giving hearts. I looked forward to all the build days for several reasons. On these days we got to work with people we normally don’t see throughout the day. There are some cyclists in the group that have faster paces than I do so I only see them off the road. These days allowed me to spend the majority of the day with a variety of people. I also enjoy the manual labor, the learning of new skills, and feeling humbled after each build.