The excitement is starting to grow as we get closer and closer to the start of the first ever Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Spring Ride! In a little less than 5 days our group of 26 cyclists will leave Nashville and start making our way down the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. Even though this is shorter than our usual summer rides, it definitely won’t be lacking in excitement and adventures.
To catch you up on what’s been happening with the ride, here are a few highlights.
First, we have a great group of riders who will be joining us including 10 returning riders and 15 new Bike Adventure Cyclists. They range from 22 years old to 69 and come from 13 different states. Our trip will also be well-documented as we have a very skilled multimedia person joining us to take pictures and videos. If you haven’t had a chance to see who is joining, I suggest you take a look out our Meet the Riders page.
We also have a bunch of wonderful church hosts lined up to welcome us in each town we will be staying in. Even better news is the majority of them are planning to prepare a nice home-cooked meal for us, and from past experience we always eat very well when churches decide to cook for us! One of our favorite things about the Bike Adventure is getting to know the church congregation and telling them a about the Fuller Center, and we will once again have plenty of opportunities to do that.
As always, the highlight of any bike trip we have hosted has been the build days and we have another great one lined up. We will take a day off from biking and give our legs a break by rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty while working with our covenant partner in Yalobusha County, Miss. We will be splitting up to work on three different homes where we will be building a couple of wheelchair ramps and doing some painting.
Once we arrive in Jackson, we have been invited by the president of Tougaloo College to join her and other Jackson locals for a reception at the college. This is where Millard worked for a little while as a fundraiser and even established a scholarship there.
Also, the design for the 2012 Spring Ride t-shirt has recently been completed and is in the process of being printed! Check it out:
As you can see the Aaron’s logo is featured prominently on the front and that’s because they have decided to sponsor the ride! We are very grateful for this wonderful partnership which will allow all the money raised to go toward the work of the Fuller Center around the world. A part of the funds Aaron’s donated will also go toward the project we will be working on in Yalobusha and they will be sending a few employees to help us out on the build!
Please help us keep the excitement going and spread the word – check out our blog (www.fullercenter.org/blogs/bikeadventure) for updates, “like” our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bikeadventure) and tell all your friends to do the same.
Thanks for your continued support and prayers!
– The FCBA team
P.S. – If you missed out on signing up for the Spring Ride but would like to take part in one of our rides you can still sign up to join us this summer. On-time registration for our two summer rides will end March 16th so sign up soon!