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Average rating: 5.0 stars (13 reviews)

James5 stars (out of 5)
by James Cirocco (Rancho Mirage, CA)
71 years old, 2015 segment rider

I have already recommended this Bike Adventure to all my fellow bikers and will be back next year for two segments again with my grandson. It was an added blessing seeing my grandson increase his strength,confidence, endurance, empathy, and Faith during this ride.

 

 

 

 

 


 

5 stars (out of 5)
by Laurie MacAdams
58 years old, 2014 segment rider

I have biked some of the most spectacular routes around the world, and have volunteered for many worthy humanitarian projects in the global village, but this FCBA has been the most purposeful and rewarding cycling trip I’ve ever done. In the spring of last year, ten of us did a 10-day cycling trip along the Oregon and northern California coast. It was spectacular – the scenery, the route, the camaraderie, the weather, the ocean spray … even so, something was missing. I had just returned from a very rewarding Habitat for Humanity build in Nicaragua, where our awesome leader enriched the experience by requiring each of us to give a presentation to our group – a topic of discussion, a personal challenge, a demonstration, or leading us in a game or exercise of personal development. The ‘group time’ each evening was an opportunity to grow and bond. A couple of weeks later, I was on the Oregon Coast trip, and was noticing the absence of something more meaningful. Pure pleasure was not enough! During that trip, there was lots of time for reflection and contemplation, and I came up with the notion of leading a cycling trip, myself, where everyone would ‘bring something to the table’ for personal development each evening. After lots of consideration, I concluded that no one I know in the cycling community would sign up for a trip on those terms. So, I abandoned the idea. And then I learned of the FCBA. Not being a practicing Christian, I wondered how I would manage with all the potential evangelism. But the concept of combining two of my passions (cycling and volunteering for a humanitarian cause) was slam-dunk irresistible, overshadowing any of my concerns or doubts. And in the end, it was not the awesome cycling and building that impacted me the most – it was the daily devotionals, the grace at dinner, the heartfelt personal stories and testimonials, the unfolding of little miracles, the re-telling of the mission of the FCBA to our sponsors, the generous spirit of strangers, and the collective faith that things will turn out as they should, that added the depth that I was looking for. The FCBA has a magic formula, and I want to experience that magic again! Thanks to Melissa and her team for leading the pack, literally and spiritually. You have set the bar really high!


5 stars (out of 5)
by Kert Emperado (Philadelphia, PA)
31 years old, 2013 cross-country rider, 2014 & 2015 segment rider

I’ve participated the last three years and will continue to join every year!I recommend this trip for anyone who wants to participate, whether as a cyclist, a supporter, a contributor, host…

It’s a tour of tours; biking tour across the beautiful USA; eating tour, of the many local food, and dishes the church hosts prepare; spiritual tour of morning devotions/prayers/church attendance; educational tour of community living, bike mechanics, self discovery; mission tour to end poverty housing and to actually build during the trip;  physical fitness tour of daily intense exercise; adventure tour of random, spontaneous happenings; Giving and receiving tour in more ways than I can write…

It’s a life changing experience, and the friends you create become life long family who will support you, long after the trip has ended.


5 stars (out of 5)
by Patrick Smith (Heathsville, VA)
23 years old, 2011 cross-country rider

It was one of the best summers of my life. This past summer I was given the opportunity to see the country from the unique perspective of biking across it, I was able to raise money for a good cause and even better I was blessed enough to be able to get my hands dirty working to help those in need. I made some life long friends and made memories that will last a life time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves biking, adventure and serving others.


5 stars (out of 5)
by Debbie Bennett (Douglasville, GA)
55 years old, 2013 spring rider

I rode the Natchez Trace Spring 2013. I had wanted to ride the Trace for a long time and when this opportunity came up I was excited to do the ride but also to raise awareness about those who still live in poverty. I could never have imagined how wonderful this experience would be nor how many wonderful people I would come in contact with. Melissa and Ryan are true examples of servants for Christ. This experience is so much more than pushing yourself beyond what you think is possible. The realization that this life is not only about me but about helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Will I do another ride? You bet!!!!


5 stars (out of 5)
by Michael Cook (Shreveport, LA)
53 years old, 2013 two-day rider

I rode from Ruston, LA to Shreveport, LA and then Shreveport to Texarkana, AR.  I had a great time with all the other riders.  The routes were well thought out and the maps were spot on.  Support was great.  I am happy I could raise a few dollars for the housing cause.  I hope to be able to ride some more in the future.


6 stars! (out of 5)
by Erika McLemore (Hampton, VA)
25 years old, 2009 cross-country rider

What did I do last summer?  I biked over 1400 miles and repaired eight homes for families living in poverty and had the TIME OF MY LIFE.  Waking up each day and spending time ‘in the saddle’ with the sun shining on my face was such a wonderful treat, but even that couldn’t compare with the amazing experiences our group had as we put our skills to use to help out a neighbor.  This trip wasn’t just biking to get to our next location to swing hammers and paint brushes– it was an opportunity to change LIVES and have an IMPACT on someone who was in need of a “hand up.”  We formed countless memories and made numerous new friends while being blessed with the chance to grow in Christ and be a part of the “Movement to End Poverty Housing.”



5 stars (out of 5)

by Eric Schweinhart (Cincinnati, OH)
21 years old, 2009 cross country rider

I can say with 100% honesty that the bike adventure was the most incredible adventure/experience/journey/five weeks of awesomeness I have ever been a part of. This trip was truly a testament for me personally in understanding and seeing first hand how God can work in and through people when their hearts are in the right place. I believe whole heartedly this trip will continue to develop meaningful relationships, create physical, social, and economic change in communities across the country, and be a lifelong blessing to those who are willing to devote themselves to something bigger than themselves.


5 stars (out of 5)
by Dave Steere (Panama City Beach, FL)
62 years old, 2009 one-week segment rider

The whole experience is excellent.  Even if you think you don’t have it in you, an adventure like this can cause you to dig deep and find the strength to complete it.  The range of cycling expertise ran from almost totally inexperienced to first class competitive cyclists.  This doesn’t have to be an event that is reserved only for the very young, but I will confess that even though I had been  regularly riding 30+ miles at least twice a week, a little more long distance training might have helped me on century day. The friendships made, not only with the other cyclists, but also with the many people we met along the way, these were truly awesome!


5 stars (out of 5)
by Keith Wishum (Americus, GA)
52 years old, 2009 one-day rider

The FCBA was an outstanding experience, both as a rider and as an observer. While I only rode one section, it was a thrill to be part of something so incredible – 1400 miles of bicycling and building to help people improve their homes. I was amazed by the dedication of those who rode it all and delighted by how pleasant and upbeat they were under demanding conditions. I loved meeting them, riding with them (sort of), and following the progress through the blog updates.

I was also touched by the generosity of those who donated so freely for people they didn’t know, and I was very impressed by how well the myriad details of the event were organized. This was an enormous undertaking of eternal significance and the Fuller Center folks, with the help of hundreds of others along the route, made it look easy. I look forward to participating in a bigger way next year. I can only imagine what an unforgettable ride this must have been for those who did it all!


5 stars (out of 5)
by Katherine Stump (San Antonio, TX)
23 years old, 2008 cross-country rider

For two months last summer, I rode my bicycle 3,300 miles through the deserts of California, over Colorado’s Rockies, past the flat farmland and cow pens of Kansas and through the buggy swamps of the deep south. I raised $5,000 to help The Fuller Center for Housing build simple, decent houses around the U.S. for impoverished families. I worked on six different Fuller Center homes. I met people who define human strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. I made friends, connected with the land, saw the country and grew as a person. I recommend this trip in all earnestness, because it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

Note: After the ride, Katherine joined The Fuller Center as a member of the staff.


5 Stars (out of 5)
by Carolyn Hinds (Alsea, Oregon)
63 years old, 2011 one-week segment rider

Yes, I would definitely recommend this ride to anyone who is interested in bike riding as well as having a great time with a fanatastic group of people from all over the world. It was wonderful to know that this effort was helping to raise funds to help eliminate substandard housing throughout the world.


5 Stars (out of 5)
By Carmen Price (Camp Meeker, California)
20 years old, 2012 East and West Coast whole way rider

The adventure was fulfilling. I felt a sense of accomplishment and joy with every step of the ride. The people I met on this ride have become family, even the segment riders jumped right into my heart. This is truly an experience of a lifetime and one I’d recommend for others. I know I’ll be joining again and would love to meet you! So get out there for a day, a week, THE WHOLE RIDE!


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