Bicycle Adventure’s five 2023 options will cover 7,000 miles, touch 27 states
AMERICUS, Georgia — After smashing its 2022 fundraising goal of $500,000 and setting a new annual record with more than $577,000 raised on this year’s rides, the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure has now raised more than $3.8 million for The Fuller Center for Housing’s mission of extending a hand-up in partnership to families in need of simple, decent places to live.
Now, attention is beginning to shift to the 2023 Bicycle Adventure with the routes now finalized for five different ride options that will cover more than 7,000 miles through 27 states with 19 build days currently scheduled. The fundraising goal has not been set, but the primary goal has been decided — raising the funds that will help at least 450 people have simple, decent places to live.
Registration for the rides opens on Oct. 3, 2022. You can sign up for multiple events. And, if you’re not able to make the full commitment for the longer rides, you can sign up for weeklong segments of them. The Adventure will be needing volunteers to serve as support staff and communications interns for each of the rides. Learn more at FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org.
Here are the five ride options for 2023 in chronological order from their start dates:
The annual Tour de Florida (January 5-22) is a popular winter ride as many flock to the Sunshine State to escape the cold. The ride currently is full and has no openings for riders, but you can join a waiting list in case any riders have to drop out. The route is a little different this year as it begins in Tallahassee and goes 700 miles down the Gulf Coast to Key West over course of two weeks. There will be two build days — on in Tallahassee and one near Tampa.
This Gulf Coast (February 24-March 12_ is the perfect ride for those seeking shorter ride days with an average of just 56 miles of bike time per day. This year, the ride will start in Pensacola and go west to Galveston, covering 670 miles in four weeks. Along the way, riders will stop for two build days in Louisiana as they continue to help families still dealing with the aftermath of 2021 hurricanes there.
The Adventure has had East Coast (May 26-June 25) routes before, but this is the first that goes from south to north as it begins in Tybee Island, Georgia (near Savannah) and covers 1,500 miles on the way to Portland, Maine. The ride touches 13 states, visits the Delmarva Peninsula for the first time and features five build days with Fuller Center covenant partners.
The annual cross-country ride will be Cali to California (May 26-August 6). This 10-week coast-to-coast adventure crosses 10 states with visits to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, the Rocky Mountains, America’s heartland, and the beautiful hills of Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. It features 9 build days including tornado-recovery sites.
This annual weeklong, 375-mile ride (October 2023) down one of America’s best biking roads features picturesque countryside, one build day and some amazing church hosts. It also includes a free van ride back to the starting point in Nashville at the week’s end. Specific dates are still being hammered out. In fact, this year’s Natchez Trace ride has yet to begin.