The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure continues to expand as one of this affordable housing ministry’s most visible fundraising and awareness initiatives. This year featured our first-ever winter ride — the Tour de Florida, which took cyclists from Orlando to Key West beginning with a build day on Dec. 28 before striking out for Cocoa Beach on Dec. 29 after a church service and orientation.
After seven days of riding in beautiful weather, the cyclists arrived in Key West, where they enjoyed a day of taking in the sights and sounds before returning to the mainland via a sunset ferry. With the first-ever Tour de Florida now in the books, Adventure leader Courtney Fields is looking forward to continuing plans for the annual spring ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway in April and two summer rides — the four-week West Coast ride from Seattle to San Diego July 10-Aug. 9 and the 10-week cross-country ride from Amelia Island, Florida, to Florence, Oregon, May 29 to Aug. 9
“Our first Tour de Florida could not have been any better,” Fields said. “We had a wonderful group of cyclists and support, amazing weather each day, and our hosts provided the perfect spaces. We began with a build project for a like-minded nonprofit in Orlando, which served as the perfect team-building exercise, so by the time we made it to New Year’s Eve, we felt as though we were celebrating with family. This group and ride was a special one, and I’m excited to begin planning for our 2020 rides!”
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