West Coast Week 3 Recap!

2012 The Most Successful Bicycle Adventure Yet!

God is Good!

God is Good!

By Sarah Robbins
2012 Bicycle Adventurer

Hello blog readers! This is Sarah Robbins bringing you the day’s happenings during our trek from Reseda, CA to Huntington Beach, CA. The first thing that should be said is that God is incredible and he showed His great love for us today.

The ride began with a nice climb up a small mountain; we were traveling back towards the coast and had to pass over this to get back to the beach. It was a nice climb to wake us up this morning and we were quite excited to start descending. It just so happens that I was riding with Luke and Jason and watched as these seasoned riders began zooming down curves of the mountain, as I clenched my brakes to avoid the curves and the cars behind me (I just got into bike riding in April!). It sure was busy on that road for the early morning and I didn’t trust myself to go fast around the sharp turns.
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West Coast Week 2 Recap!

A Scenic 105 Mile Ride

A Scenic 105 Mile Ride

By Chris Bernard
2012 Bicycle Adventurer

My name is Chris Bernard and I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently I live in Lynchburg, Virginia where I attend Liberty University. I have been an avid long-distance ultra marathon runner for the past three years. I also enjoy mountain biking in my free time. Prior to this trip, I had ridden my road bike less than 100 miles. I felt the Lord calling me to try something new and to partner with The Fuller Center. Although cycling is still foreign to me I am having a blast and couldn’t be happier that I am on this trip!
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A Day in the Saddle

A Day in the Saddle

By Andrew Manglos
2012 Bicycle Adventurer

Andrew Manglos is my name and I hail from Anaheim, California. I am more affectionately known as “chops” by many members on the bike ride due to the muttin’ chops I have grown while on this trip. I am 22 years old and currently go to Cal Poly Pomona. Six years ago I had to have corrective surgery for Scoliosis. This surgery fused two metal rods to my spine and prohibited me from achieving my life goal of joining the Marine Corps. Since this surgery, I have decided that I will not let this handicap hold me back but will in fact help to drive me forward through life. Originally, I had signed up for this bike trip to prove to myself that my body was just as capable as the next persons. Little did I know that it would become so much more.

When signing up for this ride I thought it was just going to be an endurance race of the body. I soon found out that it was much more. While riding is what we do, it is simply the medium through which we are trying to share our message. Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for the Fuller Housing Center and to end poverty housing. Everyday on this ride brings new and amazing things. What I have personally found inspiring is the closeness of our group and the love that people have shown us. Every member of this group is not just another rider but is a family member. Earlier last week I had hurt my ankle while riding. Not a day has gone by when almost every rider has asked how I am doing and if I need anything. The people we have met along the way have also been simply amazing. Every day a new church or group opens their doors to us and treat us as family. Many times offering their prayers and even cooking meals for us.
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Week 1 Wrap Up Video!

The Best Day Ever!

The Best Day Ever!

By Carmen Price
2012 Bicycle Adventurer

The ride was from Ukiah, CA. to Redlands, CA., which is my stomping ground! I was more than ready to start the day and had every intention on riding with Sarah Doren at a medium (for her) and my average pace of 14 mph. As we took off from the church we rode strong behind Geezerman Tom for the first 25 miles at 16 mph, which for myself is rocking it out! I had never kept a pace that strong before today. The beautiful scenery of which we passed amazed me: vineyards and the rolling hills of Mendocino and Sonoma California. Absolutely my favorite places to be. The roads were smooth and basically flat which was a helper on my speed.

Once we made it to the rest stop I wasn’t ready to slow down, Turbo Tom was ready to take off from the trailer for another strong 25 miles I decided I’d give it a shot to ride with Turbo. Never in my days on The Fuller Center Bike Adventure did I think I’d ride with the front of the pack. Geezerman Tom and Sarah Doren were short to follow and kept a steady pace as Turbo Tom and myself sped off in the distance. Of course my minutes with Turbo himself shortened as he sped on the hills of Sonoma. After losing Turbo Tom I remember entering a race! I wasn’t competing, but rode amongst speedy Triathlon riders going the distance in the Ironman race. It was a thrill to be riding behind the intimidating riders. I was for sure a sore thumb in the sight of all these talented and graceful cyclist, swimmers, and runners, but it was so exhilarating to ride in a pack! I wanted to turn and continue the race, but I watched Dan go straight past flaggers and cheerleaders for the race and I had to follow.
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