The Pekin Daily Times newspaper caught up with our Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists as they paused along their 3,500-mile journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to have a build day with the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. Thank you to First Christian Church of Creve Coeur, Ill., for hosting our hard-working riders.
About two dozen cyclists on the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s first group — the Orange Ride — going 3,500 miles across the country to raise money for and awareness of The Fuller Center for Housing’s work arrived in Craig, Colorado, on Tuesday, and the Craig Daily Press was there to talk with some of the riders.
The riders were welcomed at a local park by community leaders and by Neil Folks, leader of the Moffatt County Fuller Center for Housing, who has the cyclists working today on multiple job sites as the riders have their third build day of the cross-country ride.
Because of record participation in this year’s Bicycle Adventure — which already has reached its $250,000 fundraising goal and is aiming for more — this year’s cross-country ride has been divided into two groups: the Orange Ride and Blue Ride. The Blue Ride cyclists will arrive in Craig on July 12, but the two rides will finally meet up for the final leg of the journey as it rolls into its final destination, Washington, D.C.
The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, which has raised more than $1.5 million since its first ride in 2008, had a simple fundraising goal for this year — $250,000.
Fortunately, that goal is history as our record-breaking number of cyclists on the 2016 Bicycle Adventure have already raised more than a quarter-million dollars to help families have simple, decent places to live. Now on their 3,500-mile summer ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C., they’re aiming to raise the bar even higher.
“With a little more kindness they could well make it to the $300,000 mark.” — Fuller Center President David Snell
“Congratulations to the Bicycle Adventurers for reaching the $250,000 mark in fundraising this year,” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “Since the first ride in 2008 the Bicycle Adventure has raised more than a million and a half dollars for the work of The Fuller Center for Housing, benefiting hundreds of families who now have a decent place to live. And they’re not done yet — with a little more kindness they could well make it to the $300,000 mark. God bless them for what they’ve done and continue to do.”
The cyclists took a break from their long rides — averaging about 75 miles per day — to film this short video for you:
When Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists roll into Shenandoah, Iowa, on July 18, it won’t be just another stop on their 3,500-mile journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C. It also will be a chance for them to meet one of The Fuller Center for Housing’s newest covenant partners, The Southwest Iowa Fuller Center for Housing.
The former Habitat for Humanity affiliate will officially sign its covenant partnership with The Fuller Center when riders arrive after an 84-mile pedal from Lincoln, Nebraska. The signing will be part of the festivities as the riders make a presentation about The Fuller Center’s work and enjoy a potluck dinner at First United Methodist Church.
The Valley News has a complete report on the upcoming event that you can read in its entirety below:
The Rexburg Standard-Journal caught up with the first batch of cyclists from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure on Monday as they arrived in St. Anthony, Idaho, after an 82-mile ride from West Yellowstone, Montana. Today, they’re on a 78-mile ride to Pocatello, Idaho — all on their way 3,500 miles across the country from Seattle to Washington, D.C.
“I was looking into a big summer ride and I found the Fuller Center and started researching what they do and it’s a really cool mission,” Chicago native and school teacher Luke Zavala told the newspaper.
When The Fuller Center for Housing launched the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure in 2008, there were high hopes that it would become a success. It’s growth since that first ride from San Diego to Savannah, however, has surpassed even the most optimistic expectations.
Not only will this year’s 3,500-mile ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C. push the ride over the $1.5 million fundraising milestone, but it also features the largest-ever roster of Adventurers — more than 90, including 36 riders who will make the entire cross-country journey. There are so many that the Adventure for the first time had to be divided into two rides — an Orange Ride that leaves Seattle today and a Blue Ride that will depart on June 18.
“Our prayers are with them — may they have a safe and joyful ride.” — Fuller Center President David Snell
“The 2016 Bicycle Adventure is under way!” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “What an outstanding group of goodhearted souls who are giving of their time, their energy and their resources to help make decent housing a reality for all. Of course, with all this goodness there’s the likelihood that they’ll have a great time, as well! Our prayers are with them — may they have a safe and joyful ride.”
Today’s ride will be a bit of a warm-up ride as they pedal just 43 miles to Bothell, Wash. However, cyclists will average 75 miles per daily segment with both the Orange and Blue rides concluding together on Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C. Along the way, the cyclists will have six build days with Fuller Center covenant partners.
There are many ways to support The Fuller Center’s affordable housing ministry, so what exactly would possess a person to lend a hand by hopping on a bicycle and pedaling 3,500 miles across the country?
Moreover, what would possess three friends to support The Fuller Center this way?
Actually, dozens of individuals will be participating in this year’s Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, which has raised about $1.5 million for the ministry’s work since the first summer ride in 2008. But three friends from the Washington, D.C., area — Lesly Jones, Kelley Westenhoff and Liz Sherwood — are tackling the 3,500-mile ride from Seattle to D.C. together and blogging about the experience. They’re calling themselves “The DC3.”
“What better way to serve our community than helping those that help themselves?” — Lesley Jones (pictured above), one of the ‘DC3’
“I could tell Lesly was getting bored with retirement so I wasn’t surprised when in December she asked, ‘Hey, anyone want to do this coast-to-coast ride with me?'” Westenhoff writes in the first blog post. “I responded, not with what I thought (Lesly, you have lost your mind), but with ‘Maybe, I’ll think about it.’”
“This is charity with dignity and a program that creates decent homes, restores neighborhoods and revitalizes communities,” Jones writes in the second blog post. “What better way to serve our community than helping those that help themselves?”
The women will be blogging throughout their ride (which amounts to a combined 10,500 miles of pedaling for the three) and posting photos from along the way. The summer ride has grown to its largest ever pack of riders, so large that it has been divided into two groups — an “orange” group that departs Seattle on June 11 and a “blue” group that departs June 18. The DC3 will be riding in the blue group, though both teams will arrive in D.C. together on Aug. 13.
Not only is the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure featured on the cover of the latest Spokes magazine, but the ride is featured extensively in the issue from pages 6 through 10. We could tell you all about it, or you can simply read it below. The Bicycle Adventure’s cross-country summer ride begins June 10 in Seattle and wraps up August 14 in Washington, D.C.