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When you try something new you never know what to expect. Things could go completely wrong, you could find out you’re allergic to shellfish, or your clay pot looks more like a clay blob, or your haircut makes you look like your little brother cut your hair with his play scissors. Trying new things can be very scary.
However, without trying new things you also never grow, you would never find your new favorite food, discover you have a knack for painting, or start a new fashion trend. Trying new things can be very good. “Where is she going with this?” you may be asking. Well, this past weekend FCBA took a step into the unknown and discovered just how good trying new things can be. Here are a few examples of how our new Silver Comet ride really was a great, new experience:
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.
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by Lydia Huelskamp
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. Read More »
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. Read More »
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. Read More »
Hello, my name is Andy Cooper. I traveled here from southwest Georgia to participate on the last week of the 9 week Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure starting from Atlantic City, New Jersey, and finishing in Astoria, Oregon. What inspired me to do this was my girlfriend, Lindsey Giles, who is one of the people riding "the whole way." After spending only 5 days with this amazing group of people my respect and admiration has only increased, for not only her, but for each person that participated in this adventure. Read More »