11 Whole Way Riders 12 Segment Riders 4 Support/Media Interns
Henry Downes, 23
2017 Bike Adventure Trip Leader
Returning 2015 and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist
Riding across the country with FCBA in 2016 was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a graduate student when I began in Seattle, but had decided to become a volunteer with the Fuller Center by the time we finished in Washington, D.C.! I honestly couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful mission and community that had been such an integral part of my summer experience.
Now, I want to contribute in some meaningful way to helping people have that same experience for themselves. So…here I am, back for more! I’ll be leading the cross-country ride (San Francisco, CA to Savannah, GA), which is sure to be a beautiful route, with lots of good people and plenty of build days. It’s easy to see why I’m thankful every morning that I get to do this for a living!
Monica Busby, 40
Returning 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist
Segments 1, 5-6 Rider
Los Angeles, CA
Fundraising Goal: $1,500
Returning rider since 2014. I’m hooked!! Woohoo!!
In 2013 after going through a lot of red tape to get extended time off from work, I knew it would be impossible to get 9 weeks off to join the 2014 summer FCBA and so I made a life-altering change and quit my job. I do not regret that decision one bit. I became hooked on the FCBA on our second build day in Aurora, OH when I met Ms. Roselyn, the owner of the home I was working on, and learned her story. I knew at this point that my relationship with the Fuller Center for Housing was going to be a lasting one. This will be my fourth year as an all-the-way rider. I have established incredible friendships the past three years and hope that trend continues. I enjoy the freedom cycling gives you that you can’t experience with other forms of transportation. If it were not for the FCBA I would be riding around my home town of Anchorage, Alaska; so why not ride for a greater purpose? I look forward to the 2017 FCBA and the build days ahead.
Hi, my name is Brenda and I am super excited to be a part of the 2017 Fuller Center Bike Adventure!!! I have longed to do bike touring so riding across country doing something I love while helping others is a dream come true :).
I am thankful every day for all that I have and I try to never take my blessings for granted. There are days, especially on cold winter nights, when I lay in bed thinking how fortunate I am to have a warm, cozy place to call home. I realize that not all people can say that, there are so many in our own country who live in deplorable, substandard and derelict housing.
I have signed up for the 2017 FCBA to do what I can to help others obtain safe, comfortable housing. Funds raised by FCBA go towards refurbishing and or building housing for those in need. Please consider joining me in the fight against poverty and homelessness by making a donation. Your dollars will give to others what you and I already have, a place to call home.
How could we say no to this opportunity of a lifetime? Every cyclist dreams of traveling across our beautiful country at one point or another. For the most part, it has just been a distant thought and has scared the heck of out me. Can we possibly pedal 3,600 miles? It just seems like such a difficult thing to do.
Enter the Fuller Center for Housing and this great opportunity to raise money to help eliminate poverty housing worldwide. We now have this great cause to help raise money for AND the opportunity to bike across the country. Let’s not forget that I get to ride with my wonderful wife Karen Powers! Like I said, how could we say no to this opportunity of a lifetime?
Please consider donating to the Fuller Center for Housing. It is a wonderful chance for you to give some needy families a simple, decent place to live. Everyone should have that chance, don’t you think?
Originally from the great state of Massachusetts, my husband Mike and I currently reside in Marion County, Florida, where we don’t have to wear seven layers of clothing and navigate past overgrown snow banks and treacherous patches of black ice when going out for a bike ride in the middle of winter.
As an English teacher, I find myself frequently talking with my 8th grade students about universal themes in literature such as taking a stand for what you believe in, trying to look at things from others’ points of view, and the value of being a part of something greater than yourself. I figure it’s time to back up all of this talk with some meaningful action, and the Fuller Center Bike Adventure seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that.
I am honored to fundraise, ride, and work to support the mission of the Fuller Center for Housing, an organization dedicated to building community, to building understanding, and to building the Kingdom of God, one home at a time. I feel blessed and privileged to be able to participate in the summer of 2017 cross-country ride with my husband/training partner and this inspirational group of fellow riders.
Hi, this is my first ride and I`m excited to participate in this event.
I’m a biking beekeeper. I love riding, and have gone across, up, down, and around the US. I can answer any honey bee questions you have, if that comes up!
I am Geezerman from Geezerville, CO, and this will be my seventh consecutive year riding with FCBA. I have ridden all of the previous Spring Rides, and ridden or supported the summer rides since 2011. Obviously I am hooked on and love FCBA and their mission, the people I ride with, the churches that open their doors for us, and the people we all help.
My son Matthew, granddaughter Harper, and grandson Judah have all ridden with me, and my wife Lois has supported with me, making those events extra special.
I rode cross-country with FCBA in 2016, and look forward to riding the first four segments of the cross-country ride in 2017. While I’m looking forward to renewing past acquaintances and friendships and forging new ones, for me best part of the ride is the opportunity to build/repair homes for those who are in need. It’s what unites us as a team. Almost as good is chatting with people along the way about Fuller Center’s mission. It inspires them to open their hearts, their homes, and their wallets. And finally, there’s nothing like seeing this awesome country from the seat of a bike so California, here I come!
I have been helping with Habitat projects with my church and am an avid bicyclist that enjoys travel and all things outdoors, I enjoy activities that allow me to help others and find it exciting to meet new people. What could be better than this Fuller bike ride with like minded people enjoying God`s glorious creation, experiencing the camaraderie of fascinating people, and adding to someones quality of life.
I have wanted to go on a cross-country trip “some day” for about forty years. It`s time for some day to get here! I am looking forward to the chance to meet people all around the country, both on the trip and at the places where we stop. I have done several week-long trips, including a couple in which we carried our own camping gear. This will be by first tour that takes more than ten days.
This is my ninth ride with the Fuller Center. Each ride is so unique….the topography, the fellow cyclists, the challenges, the churches and the builds. I love them all. I will be reaching 20,000 miles for the Fuller Center this year and am honored to do so because I know the money raised and the sweat equity it takes to accomplish this feat will be used to make a safe home for a family in need.
I give thanks to God for fulfilling a desire in my heart to embark on this adventure, not only for the ride across America but to have the honor and privilege of living in community and building community as we go.
Wanting to serve in and support this mission together with my wife is my goal. I have done local “James 1:27” ministry (repairing homes, caring for widows and orphans). She has done missions work in Haiti, and for years dreamed of us riding cross-country together. When we found and began sharing about the Fuller Ctr. doors started opening… even coverage for responsibilities and people I serve as part of my job. So, following the admonition of James some 2000 years ago, I am saying “If the Lord wills…” we will go the distance together and I`ll reach my goal of $5K for the Fuller Center.
Looking forward to joining the adventure with my Mom and Dad! Go Busby clan!
“Everyone can be great because anybody can serve! You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love” – MLK
Looking forward to bringing the entire Busby clan to serve our neighbors! Join us!
I spent my vocational career helping people by educating them. Now, thanks to the Fuller Center I can ride my bike with some wonderful folks. And I can continue to help people improve their living conditions with our one
day stops to scrape old paint, put on new paint, help to stain wood work, help to re-roof a house and other odd fix-it-up jobs. I would appreciate any tax-deductible donation you can make to the Fuller Center for Housing, 701 S. Martin Luther King Blvd, Americus,GA 31719. For further information about the Center’s work, see: Fullercenter.org online.
I’m currently a sophomore at The University of Alabama, studying Media Production and Narrative Arts. I’m thankful for the opportunity to join the ride and to be a part of this adventure as we make our way across the country! I’m very excited to use the medium of video to document this story as it unfolds throughout the summer.
I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to photograph and share about the biker’s experiences on social media. It is exciting to be able to build relationships while traveling across the United States. I am eager to see God impact lives in beautiful ways and see more of His wonderful creation.
I am beyond excited to meet new people and to be a part of a group so dedicated to others. I haven’t traveled very much in my life so I know this will be an eye-opening experience. Life is full of adventure and I’m so glad that I’m able to share this one with everyone else on the team!
I love to ride my bike and help others along the way!
Words fail me to describe the honor I feel that God would allow me to spend another summer with the FCBA community! How God has used Ryan Iafigliolia and Millard Fuller’s dream of an annual bike ride to touch so many people and transform so many lives and communities humbles me. Learning to live, work, ride, serve, and play in community is one of the greatest joys in my life. Lord willing, we will learn and grow and work together and bless others along the way and safely arrive in Georgia!
Grace Kyle, 22
Returning 2015 and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist and 2017 Support Team Leader