Meet the 2015 Riders

Take a walk down memory lane with our 2015 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventurers

The Riders

Segment and Whole Way riders:

Allen Slabaugh
Alvin Haney
Arron Luo
Bonnie Kalish
Brian Cook
Brian Roy
Carmen Cabuhay
Carolyn McDonough
Christopher Johnston
Christopher Saliba
Cindy Martin
Clint Sager
Connor Ciment
Curt Wildemann
Dave Maidt
Dave Perry
David Johnson
Diane Bies
Diane Buckley-Maidt
Dody Odell
Doug Costlow
Eldon Eigsti
Everett Collier
Fred Smoak
Graham Houston
Holly Huelskamp
Ivan Cunningham
James Cirocco
Jeff Lamb
Jeff Littlejohn
Jennifer Wells
Jessica McClain
Jim McCracken
John Fender
John Johnson
Johnny Busby
Jonathan Falk
Kelly Cho
Kelsey Correa
Kert Emperado
Kim Eisenbarth
Kristine Olsen
Lauryn Kostopoulos
Laurence Foshee
Lindsey Bawcom
Lydia Huelskamp
Mark Smith
Mark Major
Mary Lacksen
Melinda Holloway
Merrill Matlock
Michael Rutherford
Michael Wieser
Mihai Posteuca
Monica Busby
Nathan Hastings
Osia Moore
Paul Herguth
Peter Asmuth
Rachel Fike
Rebecca Martinez
Renee McCullough
Rick Nowlin
Rosemary Yeager
Ryan Iafigliola
Sara Dobbs
Stephany Escalante Galindo
Steven Johnson
Susan Farris
Susan Pratt
Tom Tebbe
Tom Weber
Tony Campbell
Tyler Cheatham
Virginia Hughes
William Peterson
Yuji Zhou
Meet the 2015 Virtual Riders

Day riders:

Robert Gill: Prescott, AZ to Williams, AZ

Janice Eigsti Miller: Columbia, MO to Peoria, IL

Brian Miller: Columbia, MO to Peoria, IL

John and Ruth Ann Hamilton: Beardstown, IL to Peoria, IL

History:

Summer 2015  |  Spring 2015
Summer 2014  |  Spring 2014
Summer 2013  |  Spring 2013
Summer 2012  |  Spring 2012
Summer 2011
Summer 2010


LydiaLydia Huelskamp, 22
2015 Trip Leader
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $5,000 – Where most needed

It’s funny to look back and remember what direction you thought your life was going to take.  When I started college in California I thought I was going to be a movie star after I graduated.  Never did I imagine I would take a bike trip across the United States or be the one leading that bike trip!  But things change and I quickly developed a passion for exploring and doing something for more than just myself.  Now, the closest thing I get to a movie star is a few seconds in our FCBA videos.  But I wouldn’t change anything! 

Last summer I had the opportunity to ride the whole way from New Jersey to Oregon.  I signed up for what I thought was just a bike ride, but I soon realized it was something much greater.  I love adventure and the Fuller Center Bike Adventure offers plenty of that.  But what I love even more is that this adventure has a purpose.  When I’m out there on my bike pedaling through headwinds, up mountains, or through a beautiful sunny day it is easier to keep pushing on when I remember why I am riding.  This isn’t the direction I thought my life would take, but for that reason I love it all the more. I cannot wait to experience this journey again and have the opportunity to take others through this amazing experience as well!  Summer 2015, prepare to be rocked!


RyanRyan Iafigliola, 29
Bike Adventure Founder
Returning 2008-2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Segment 1: Oceanside, CA to Phoenix, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $2,000 – Where most needed

Every year, the time I get to spend on the Bike Adventure is some of my favorite days of the year. It’s not that I love scorching desert like the one awaiting us in California, or that I’m addicted to that burning in your legs that we get when climbing a steep hill or mountain. Surprisingly, neither is it the feasts that church hosts provide nor the gorgeous scenery and views, although these are awesome.

What I love is the opportunity to join together with a group of dedicated and determined volunteers embarking on an adventure in God’s service together. It’s not just an adventure of a life-time, it’s a journey that ripples change into the world all while changing ourselves.

I have come to especially appreciate the impact of these rides because my role at the Fuller Center is to work hand-in-hand with all of the international programs. I have seen first hand things that should make anyone cry…and thanks to all of the riders and donors I have also seen how the Fuller Center gives real people reason to cry for joy. That’s what this is all about.

I am so looking forward to seeing what God will do through us on the ride this year!


KertKert Emperado, 33
Returning 2013 & 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Philadelphia, PA
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000 – Kensington – Philadelphia

I’m back for more!  Hi, my name is Kert.  I live and work in Philly as a
registered nurse.  I participated in 2013 as a whole way rider, from
Savannah, GA to Vancouver, BC, with the Fuller Center and really loved the
biking, building, and most of all, serving people along the way.  It was a
trip of a lifetime. In 2014, I rode from Atlantic City, NJ to Sioux Falls,
SD, which was a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

During the spring and summer rides, we sleep on floors (couches if lucky/or
fast) of churches or community centers and meet volunteer hosts who
generously give (donate) and prepare food, arrange for SHOWERS, shelter,
support, prayers, and their new friendships.  It’s really beautiful!

The Silver Comet ride is a little bit different.  It is a two day ride (Oct.
18-19, 2014), a total of 165 miles, all of which is on a beautiful trail.  We
will be camping overnight on Saturday, and then head back the next day.

Help me; help others in need of a decent place to live.

Please sponsor my mission to help by donating a dollar for each mile: 1 mile
to 4000 miles, or any distance in between!  The funds raised goes directly to
building homes for people in need.  I am designating my fundraising to
support the covenant partner here in Philadelphia; Simple Homes Fuller Center
for Housing.  Check out the amazing work they do in our own backyard.
http://www.fullercenter.org/philadelphiapennsylvania

I’m really excited to be able to participate in this ministry and seeing the
impact it has on the people involved!

Thank you for your continued support!


LaurynLauryn Kostopoulos, 20
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Stratford, CT
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000 – Fuller Center for Housing of Central Florida

I am 19, turning 20, college student at Sacred Heart University
in CT.  I am majoring in social work.  I rode the whole way last summer from
New Jersey to Oregon.  I had such an amazing time that I decided I was going
to go the whole way again.  Its an experience that you will never forget and
I just had to participate in it again.


LindseyLindsey Bawcom, 30
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Nashville, TN
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000 – Middle, TN

Hi! My name is Lindsey Bawcom and I’m an elementary special education teacher in Middle TN.  I am a “mother” to two pugs ;) and have an amazing supportive husband that is excited for me with this next journey!

The Fuller Center holds a special place in my heart.  Last year I was able to ride from Chicago, IL to Billings, MT and it was a life changing experience.  the people become your “family” and you get to see and experience such incredible sights while also on a mission to help others.  The build days were by far some of my best memories and I loved hearing the stories people would share.
So…with that being said, let’s help those in need of decent housing!  Please help support me on this mission by donating $1 for ever mile: 1 mile- 4,000 miles or for any distance in between.  Thank you so much for your continued support!! Can’t wait for this ministry to begin.


arronArron Luo, 19
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Holtsville, NY
Segments 8-10: Indianapolis, IN to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $2,000 – Fuller Center for Housing of Central Florida

I am Arron!

I am a student! I am a freshman at Wesleyan University, which is in
Connecticut. I will major in liberal arts. I like to bike around and to
places. My favorite number is 17, and my favorite flower is the
forget-me-not. When I grow up – or as I grow – I hope to be at the least a
kind person, if not anything else more distinguishing. I think books are
neat, and many other things, too.

I am trying to raise money for this one particular cause (the one this ride
supports..!). Please think of me if you are able and willing to donate to a
cause (perhaps the one I am trying to raise money for..!). :-)

I had ridden on last year’s ride, and I very much want to do so again. To
me, to ride again is to once more participate in and contribute to a noble
effort to eliminate poverty housing, to meet new people and see old friends,
and to experience once more the joy of being on a bike in a family on a
journey bound for adventure.


Mike W.Michael Wieser, 60
Returning 2014 & 2015 Spring Fuller Center Cyclist 
Anchorage, AK
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000 – Where most needed

Returning all-the-way rider from 2014 FCBA.  It was such a
wonderful experience, I had to join my Fuller Center Family again.

 

 


melindaMelinda Holloway, 52
Hammond, LA
Segments 7-10: Columbia, MO to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $3,000 – Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center, Hammond, LA

I am so excited to be joining my first Fuller Center Bike
Adventure! It combines so many of the things that are important to me —
ministering to others as the hands and feet of Jesus (you know, He was a
carpenter, too), hanging out with like-minded friends, cycling through some
of the most beautiful countryside in the world, and eating scrumptious church
food without gaining weight!  Can’t wait!

 

 


dianeDiane Buckley-Maidt, 59
Returning 2015 Spring Fuller Center Cyclist 
Laurel, MD
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $6,000- All Louisiana affiliates

Hi! I’m Diane.  I have been biking since 1979 when I bought my first bike used for $50 and started biking to work.  Since then I have done a number of week long bike trips and started thinking it would be fun to bike across the country.

A couple of years ago I started doing a web search for cross country bike trips.  I connected to the Fuller Center ride because it combined my joy of biking with helping to build houses.

I have seen the importance of good housing in several of my past jobs. Back in the early 1980’s as a literacy volunteer working with sugar cane plantation workers I would go to their homes to tutor them and see some of the poor conditions they lived in.  In the late 1980’s I worked at a shelter for abused women in Pennsylvania and saw that having a safe place to live could make the difference between a woman getting out of her bad situation or not.  

I am excited to join the Fuller Center Bike Adventure to bike and build.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADave Maidt
Laurel, MD
Whole Way
Support Van Driver

Hi, I’m Dave and I’ll be our FCBA support van driver this summer.  I was your support van driver for the spring 2015 ride and now I’ll be driving for the summer cross-country ride.  My wife Diane is joining as a whole way bike rider.  Diane likes to bike and I like to volunteer as a SAG.  Over the past few years, I have volunteered as a SAG driver 5 times for different week-long rides that Diane has ridden.  The idea of combining building/service with sagging for the Fuller Center Bike Adventure sounds like a great idea and I’m looking forward to more!


Steve J.Steven Johnson, 65
Columbiana, OH
Segement 8: Indianapolis, IN to Aurora, OH
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- Where Most Needed

My life is finally such that I’ve been able to do some volunteer work, including Habitat for Humanity locally. The Bike Adventure is an extension of my volunteering and HFH work. I’m excited about an opportunity to commit to an activity both emotionally and physically that will benefit others.


Laurence

Laurence Foshee, 24
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist 
Tulsa, OK
Segment 1-5: Oceanside, CA to Wichita, KS
Fundraising Goal: $2,500 – Where most needed

My name is Laurence and I’m a Customer Service Associate at the Greyhound bus station in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I’m fond of writing and reading a good book. I did a solo bike tour in 2012 and eventually came across the Fuller Center website and their mission to provide housing for those in need.  I rode the first week of the 2014 ride and greatly enjoyed it, so decided I would like to ride even longer in 2015. I plan on doing half of the coast-to-coast trip and maybe even biking the 175 miles from Wichita to my home city alone!  I look forward to meeting you all!


Timoth HastingsNathan Hastings, 29
Palmer, AK
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- Where most needed

Hi my name is Nathan Hastings.  I was desiring to cross the USA on a bike but didn’t know how to go about it.  When I saw that I could be part of a good cause, and have a support team, I thought this was a great idea.  I registered as quick as I could to give myself time to prepare for this journey.


Mark MajorMark Major, 58
Returning 2013 & 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Ocoee, FL
Segment 10: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $2,000- Fuller Center for Housing of Central Florida

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of cycling cross country in 2013  I found myself in places I would have never imagined.  Though I regarded myself spiritual before, seeing God’s work firsthand opened my eyes and my heart in a life-altering way.  Sure, cycling this country alone would have made quite an impact on me, but joining the Fuller Center for Housing planted a seed in me that continues to grow.

I would love to be a whole way rider again, but this is not longer about me riding my bicycle.  The Fuller Center for Housing of Central Florida is a tireless provider to needs of the area and an inspiration to so many.  I participate in their building efforts almost every weekend so I know firsthand the heart and dedication AJ and Karen Jewell put into the mission.  I dare not imagine what it would be without them, but can clearly see without help they would be hard-press to accomplish much.  They have a few volunteers to help with the work, and we need your financial support.  As I write this I am committing to riding just a week (though plan on more), for I can’t ask Walt Disney World (though fantastically supportive), to continue granting me the time off they have in the past two years.  Though I’d love to ride every mile next summer, my effort is better spent spreading the word and doing the work locally.  Perhaps when I retire I can run away with the FCBA. 


Diane BiesDiane Bies, 59
Returning 2013, 2014, & Spring 2015 Fuller Center Cyclist
Evansville, IN
Segments 1 & 6-7: Oceanside, CA to Phoenix, AZ & Wichita, KS to Indianapolis, IN
Fundraising Goal: $3,000 – where most needed

I love riding with the Fuller Center.  The privilege of working on homes while riding with some of the most amazing people is quite addictive. i just can’t seem to get enough of it all.

I love biking! I love helping others! This is the perfect combination of both of these loves. I look forward to another summer of fun times on the road with amazing people as we serve and spread the word of the wonderful work being done by the Fuller Center for Housing.  I hope to raise funds for those most in need this summer. Each time I ride and work with the Fuller Center I see so many places where work is being done to help stop poverty housing and there is so much need. It is wonderful that the Fuller Center uses the funds over and over, as all funds used are repaid and put back into another project.  This is definitely a great organization to give your donations and watch them make a difference in the world. 


Mark Smith

Mark Smith, 28
Superior, WI
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- where most needed

Hi everyone! My name is Mark Smith. I grew up in a little city named Superior, WI located on the western most point of Lake Superior. I received my Bachelor’s degree from UW-Superior in Exercise Science in 2010. I just finished my Master’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Exercise Physiology in August of 2014. My future plans are to go back to school again and pursue a Master’s degree as a Physician’s Assistant. I would love to specialize in a field such as Sports Medicine and assist those who have a love and passion for health and fitness.

I am interested in joining the Fuller Center Bike Adventure because I want to become involved with an organization that is choosing to help people in need. The Fuller Center is certainly going to help me achieve that goal along with challenging me with a cross country bike adventure! I am looking forward to this opportunity because it is definitely out of my comfort zone and I know it’s going to be an experience that will last a lifetime. I had the pleasure this summer in meeting a group of cyclists that were biking across the country to help raise money for affordable housing. I fell in love with the group and they inspired me to seek out an organization like this and to become involved. I am very excited to meet many new people who are taking on the same great adventure as I am. I’m excited to see parts of the country I have yet to explore. I look forward to an exciting summer of meeting new people, getting involved in community projects, and being a part of something that will last a lifetime!


Michael RutherfordMichael Rutherford, 38
Returning 2014 & 2015 Spring Fuller Center Cyclist
Middletown, OH
Segment 9: Aurora, OH to Syracuse, NY
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

Hailing from the frozen north, I spend time as a dad, a consultant, and a bike rider (sometimes more indoor than I like). I rode with the Fuller Center last year down the Trace and I had an amazing experience on the road, visiting host churches, and creating new friendships. The need for affordable housing continues and this trip provides a great experience to see the US and spread the word about the Fuller Center and its mission. I look forward to another great year with the team.


SueSusan Pratt, 53
Returning 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Fuller Center cyclist
Poway, CA
Segment 1-6: Oceanside, CA to Columbia, MO
Fundraising Goal: $3,000- Fuller Center for Housing of Central Florida

Hi. This will be my seventh year riding for the Fuller Center. And, why do I keep coming back? It is the BEST way to spend the summers (I am a teacher). I cycle, see the beautiful sites of the U.S., reach out to help others and spread the WORD with a group of fellow cyclists that that always remain embedded in my heart. It is a group of people that has the kindest of hearts, a passion for their dreams and a tenacity that can be compared to no others. My summers would not be the same without participating in the ADVENTURE, and an adventure it is.


Fred SmoakFred Smoak, 63
Bethesda, MD
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

When I reported to my first AF duty station in ’73, everything I owned was in my car- a 914 Porsche. They handed me a bunch of money. I bought a tv, stereo, bike, etc. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I got my driver’s license, but I rode to classes everyday and for recreation on weekends. I have been riding ever since.


EldonEldon Eigsti, 63
Buda, IL
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I am excited about supporting the Fuller Center in their mission of providing adequate housing. The great thing about this ride is that we will be doing some hands on work at some of the construction sites. One of the sites will be close to me in Peoria, Illinois.​

I first heard about the Fuller Center from some volunteers who were working with housing in St. Louis and living with my son. Somehow my dream of someday doing a bike ride across was mentioned and they told me about the Fuller bike ride. That was five years ago. The time finally seems right for me to do it. 


CurtCurt Wildemann, 59
Henderson, NV
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I hate talking about myself. I was a runner, 1/2 mile to marathon, my best being a 2:34 marathon. When, at 51, my hip was gone I turned my attention to bike riding which I always loved. I’ve ridden coast to coast 2X, 1st being solo, 2nd I organized my own ride supporting Wounded Warrior Project. I don’t want to race, just ride, do some good, share with other riders and see the country. Please checkout my site….rideacrossamerica.us. That ride is already done, this group having a common background and single focus, looks to be fun, fulfilling and a great satisfaction for me!!


Sue FarrisSusan Farris, 46
Returning 2012 Fuller Center cyclist! 
Allenstown, NH
Segment 10: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- New Jersey Pines (Tabernacle)

Hi! My name is Sue, and I am a returning Bike Adventure rider. I rode in 2012 from Saco, Maine to Tabernacle, New Jersey. Then in 2013, I worked with the Fuller Center on Hurricane Sandy restoration in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Fuller Center does GOOD work that I believe in! Everyone deserves a decent place to live, so I’m pleased to support the Fuller Center. When I saw that the 2015 ride is going right through my home state of New Hampshire, and into my birthplace of Portland, Maine, there was no question that I’d have to ride the final segment.


RickRick Nowlin, 61
Clarkston, WA
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: 4,000- Lewis-Clark Valley

FCBA came to Lewiston, ID in 2014 and some of the riders stayed at my church (Congregational-Presbyterian). I heard what they do and I talked with a whole way rider (Everett) and became very interested in the program. I am currently remodeling my 7th house (with the help of God and my wife) and have enjoyed bicycling; my longest ride was the MS150 in Colorado. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work on 7 projects along the 4000 mile bike ride across the nation (California to Maine). The words to my favorite song, “Here I Am Lord,” are I will go Lord, if You lead me. So many times we might hear God telling us to do something only to put it off, or not do it at all. I feel God has trained me for this and is telling me to go.

 


AJAlvin Haney, 49
Returning 2013 & 2014 Fuller Center cyclist!
Antioch, TN
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

This is my 3rd year as a Bike Adventurer. This time I’m going All the Way! I look forward to the challenge, adventure, and teamwork. This will be “Epic” as my grandson would say.


Jonathan FalkJonathan Falk, 23
Jacksonville, FL
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

This journey started 2 years ago when I launched a mission to get my weight under control. Growing up I was a heavy kid and from that I became a fat adult. My battle with my weight came to a point when I graduated college and I thought enough is enough and it was time for a change. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, but I can proudly say I lost almost 70 lbs!

With my new body I set out to help those who were also having hard times in their lives. My accomplishment changed the way I saw life in that many times its the smallest acts that have the biggest impacts on others and with that mindset I committed this current year to volunteer work through the AmeriCorps program.

After my service year is over in May, I plan to challenge myself in doing the amazing for the benefit of others as well as performing what was thought to be impossible for myself. I have been a cyclist for a few years now but this ride I felt God gently nudge me in the direction of the Bicycle Adventure when I met with them by chance during the fall in Atlanta, GA and it all started to feel this was something I was supposed to do! I am very excited about riding and helping people in need!


Tony CampbellTony Campbell, 67
Returning 2008 rider
Allenton, MI
Segment 8: Indianapolis, IN to Aurora, OH
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- where most needed

I had the privilege of riding coast-to-coast on the first FCBA in 2008. I’ve been able to ride at least a few days almost every year since. It’s so good to see how the ride has grown, attracting all ages, including more “senior” riders.

I am blessed to be retired and living full-time in a motorhome, traveling with my wife, Mary, and building across the country with both the Fuller Center and Habitat for Humanity.

When we finally settle down to a permanent home again one of my criteria will be proximity to a bike path!

How rewarding is it to help others become homeowners with all the attendant ripple-effect benefits that follow. 


JamesJames Cirocco, 70
Rancho Mirage, CA
Segment 4: Bayfield, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- where most needed

Cycling has been one of my passions for over 45 years; I’ve done 3 multi day tours and several century rides and am looking for a more meaningful challenge.

I have always had a decent roof over my head and a clean bed to sleep on. After seeing pictures of the substandard migrant farm worker housing only 30 miles from my home I looked for an opportunity to help. The Fuller Center for Housing is doing work that I am proud to support. I will be riding my first segment this year with my grandson Christopher and get to share my love of cycling with him.


WilliamWilliam Peterson, 26
Raleigh, NC
Communications Specialist

I am so excited to join this mission. I have been truly blessed and fortunate to come from a place of poverty as a young child, to now as an adult, work for ABC News in NC. Being able to help relay the message of hope and prosperity is something I hold dear to my heart.

I graduated from college two years ago and since then I have been blessed to do some amazing things. I have been a videographer for the Miss USA pageants. I’ve shot video for some of the biggest college football games in the country and I have traveled to many states covering news and shows. I have a true passion for visual story telling, and I am so grateful I will get a chance to bring my talents and passions to this amazing journey.

I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish!


Tom W.Tom Weber, 72
Returning 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & Spring 2015 rider
Broomfield, CO
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- where most needed

Geezerman from Geezerville, CO is back, and I will be bringing my vanilla Oreos, chocolate milk, and looking for the best chocolate malts in this hemisphere. Besides riding my bike, my most favorite thing in the world is to snuggle up with my dog, Hobbs.

This summer ride will be my 5th year, and my 10th ride with FCBA. I am looking forward to riding with old friends, meeting another great group of riders,and helping more families in need of affordable housing.  





Holly HuelskampHolly Huelskamp, 54
Ste. Genevieve, MO
Segment 6: Wichita, KS to Columbia, MO
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

After visiting the Waukegan, IL work site last year, my husband and I were very impressed by the very tangible way the ministry is showing God’s love-not only by providing housing to families but also helping to revitalize neighborhoods. Then after meeting some of the riders from such diverse ages, experiences, and talents and witnessing their enthusiasm for the ministry, the ride, and for each other, the very amateur rider in me thought that I would like to be a small part of it this year. I have 3 adult children who have done some pretty adventuresome things already in their young lives. They humble me by their willingness to go out of their comfort zone to try new things and help others. Plus over the past several years, my youngest daughter has asked me to participate along with her in some different activities that have definitely challenged me to push myself. This will be my challenge for this year.


Rebecca MartinezRebecca Martinez, 46
Bloomingdale, MI
Segment 8: Indianapolis, IN to Aurora, OH
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

I am 46 years old and have biked up Michigan’s lower peninsula on three occasions with a Christian Youth group. I’ve always had a passion for riding bikes and was looking for something to do for next summer as my two kids will now both be in college. As I was searching the web, God led me to the Fuller Bike Adventure. What could be more exciting than to join a Christian bike trip with a purpose– I get to serve God by helping others, ride my bike to see some of the country, and meet new friends all in one amazing trip.


Brian CookBrian Cook, 52
Abilene, KS
Segment 6: Wichita, KS to Columbia, MO
Fundraising Goal: $2,000- where most needed

Retired Military Officer and committed husband and father and lover of Christ. Began riding a bike when I delivered newspapers in the 70’s but began riding in earnest after my last tour to Kuwait. Have enjoyed the Bike Across Kansas with my oldest son and am on the board of directors for the Kandango bicycle tour here in Kansas. I have a passion for the road and for helping others.


Dave PerryDave Perry, 57
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Augusta, GA
Segments 8-9: Indianapolis, IN to Syracuse, NY
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- where most needed

I’m Dave from Augusta, GA. Last summer was my first ride with the FCBA and I completed two segments. Everyone I met was very friendly and great to be around. The ride part was challenging and fun, and I liked being part of a faith based mission to help the less fortunate. I’m looking forward to summer already.


Ivan CunninghamIvan Cunningham, 32
Returning 2009, 2010, & 2011 rider
Houston, TX
Segment 10: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- Kansas City

I rode the first segment or so of the 2009 FCBA and have been hooked ever since. I rode the entire 2010 trip and was planning to ride from Denver to KC in 2011- due to circumstances, I was, unfortunately, only able to ride one day. I’ve missed the last couple years and definitely missed my FCBA family, and am excited that I’ll be able to join part of the 2015 trip! I’m a recent Houston transplant, but since there’s no local Fuller Center, I’m dedicating the funds I raise to my hometown of Kansas City.

I have a great passion for helping others, and am finally getting myself organized enough to go back to school to finish my undergraduate studies. My eventual goal is to work with humanitarian relief efforts around the world. I’m very interested in social justice, human rights poverty and health issues, among other things; hopefully in the next couple years that it takes me to finish school, the issue for me to focus on will be revealed.

We are all made of stars and w are all connected.
The probability of each individual alive today coming into existence is so phenomenally low that EVERYBODY is worth of love, kindness, and basic human decency.


Jeff LittlejohnJeff Littlejohn, 49
Cincinnati, OH
Segment 8: Indianapolis, IN to Aurora, OH
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- where most needed

Hi, I’m Jeff from Cincinnati, OH. This will be my first time with the Fuller Center, but I am really excited to join in the adventure. This seems like a perfect match for me. I’ve only been riding regularly for the last year, but I have really come to enjoy the sport and all the good friends I’ve made as a result.

I love to cycle, but I also love to volunteer and do service projects. I’ve been blessed in so many ways thru my life and giving back always feels like yet another blessing. Over the past few years, I’ve done a few Habitat projects, but always feel like I want to do more.

I’m looking forward to getting out of the boat and taking on this challenge.


Paul HerguthPaul Herguth,46
Vacaville, CA
Segments 1-2: Oceanside, Ca to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $5,5000- El Salvador

I’m 46, happily married to an amazingly gifted woman and blessed with three great children. My wife and I had an opportunity to visit her home country, El Salvador, in 2014. There we witnessed first hand what true poverty looks like. I wanted to help them, but how? Around that time I was diagnosed with a severely herniated disk in my 5th lumbar, (lower back). I was suffering from severe sciatica and was basically crippled. However, the great God of the universe in his infinite mercy heard my cries for healing and through my wife’s prayers and our faith he miraculously healed my back! My mind is still blown how that happened. Since then I am strong again. I picked up cycling as an alternative to running and am enjoying it immensely. I saw the Fuller Center website and was awash in emotion as I knew I was being called to serve in this way. I am truly blessed and honored to be a part of this noble cause.


DodyDody Odell, 53
Tigard, OR
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $6,000- where most needed

WOW…I have so much to share but only a moment in time to do so. I can’t believe I’ll be riding in my first tour Reach the Beach 2014 a century I thought….at this stage of my Journey, it’s all about believing that “LIFE IS WORTH LIVING”and doing something bigger than myself. God has given all of us this amazing journey to live. I asked myself how can I enjoy my journey while challenging myself and helping others. The Fuller Center for Housing has given me that opportunity. What a great cause (what is their cause) that focuses right here at home. I look forward in you and your company taking the challenge with me. From West coast to East coast…come ride with ME!


ReneeRenee McCullough, 59
Returning 2014 & Spring 2015 Fuller Center Cyclist
Gaithersburg, MD
Segments 8-10: Indianapolis, IN to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $1,500- where most needed

I did the first segment of the summer ride last year, and was totally overwhelmed by the experience. In fact, it was difficult to say goodbye to the wonderful people I met and who supported me throughout the ride. When I started the ride I wasn’t sure I could do all of it and there were times on long climbs that I made it through by the sheer grace of God. I am trusting in Him to enable me to do a longer distance this year.


OsiaOsia Moore, 56
Missouri City, TX
Segment 2: Phoenix, AZ to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

Hi, my name is Osia. I love adventure and love challenging myself. The Fuller Center has a wonderful vision which offers an opportunity to help others, meet others who are joining in this venture and embracing what it truly means to live out your faith.

 


RosemaryRosemary Yeager, 58
Lutz, FL
Segment 2: Phoenix, AZ to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

My name is Rosemary Yeager, and I have decided to join the Fuller Center Bike Adventure Bicycle tour, because I really enjoy helping others, and I believe in the idea that every child deserves a safe and clean home in which to live.

 


MonicaMonica Busby, 38
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Los Angeles, CA
Segments 1-4: Oceanside, CA to Bayfield, CA
Fundraising Goal: $2,000- where most needed

Woohoo! I’m baaaack!! Can’t believe I’m doing this again!! But I’m HOOOOKED for life!! Love love the Fuller Center, it’s mission, it’s purpose, it’s people, and everything in between! The cycling + adventure to top it off is just perfect!

I’m a returning rider from 2014 New Jersey to Oregon. I was an 80lb overweight, Cancer survivor who was hungry to cycle across America and cross it off my bucket list! It changed my life for sure beyond more than I can imagine! Experienced such awe-inspiring beauty in my surroundings in both the environment and the people I came across.

Now with most of the excess weight gone…in 2015…I’m up for the next challenge!! Best of all, I get to share this trip with my Hubby Hero, Johnny Busby, this time around! Sooo stoked!


JohnnyJohnny Busby, 39
Los Angeles, CA
Segments 1-4: Oceanside, CA to Bayfield, CA
Fundraising Goal: $2,000- where most needed

Hey hey everyone! I’m Johnny Busby! Partner in crime with Monica on this 2015 adventure! Looking forward to building amazing relationships, see awe-inspiring beauty, and most of all helping end poverty housing!

 

 

 

 


Jennifer W.Jennifer Wells, 59
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Littleton, CO
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- New Beginnings Woodland Park, CO

I enjoy biking and helping others. What a great way to do both at the same time; bike and build. I also think seeing the country of USA by bike is a great opportunity.


Big EEverett Collier, 62
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Bluffton, OH
Segments 7-10: Columbia, MO to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- Simple Homes (Kensington, PA) & Northwest Portage (Aurora, OH)

Last year’s ride was an unbelievable experience that will be a part of me forever. After returning and sharing my ride experience with others I decided that I needed to do more. Describing the crazy group I rode with and the outpouring of fellowship that we encounter as we traveled from city to city helped fuel this re service. I will not be going the whole way but I just have to be a small part of what FCBA continues to provide.


John FenderJohn Fender, 59
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Martinez, GA
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

Last summer I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Bike Adventure for the Fuller Housing Center, which is the sister organization to Habitat For Humanity.  I had a great time working on homes of people in need, meeting people from all over the globe & from all walks of life, visiting cities in America I had never seen,  & riding my bike.  As I finished up my second week of the Bike Adventure, I thought it would be really cool to bike from shore to shore and build across America in 2015.

One of the things I really appreciate about the Fuller Housing Center is they strongly believe in “a hand up” not “a hand out.”   The organization is found throughout the U.S. and in 16 countries throughout the world. They empower people to make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves in impoverished housing.

I have joined the support team for the 2015 Fuller Center Bike Adventure & I would greatly appreciate any support you would be willing to give me.  Every donation is tax deductible & any donation will help me meet my goal I would love to have you come and join me for a day, a week or the whole ride as I look forward to the adventures that awaits our team!


MihaiMihai Posteuca, 58
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Grehsham, OR
Segment 4: Bayfield, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

My name is Mihai Posteuca. I live in Portland,OR with my wife, 5 children, and 4 grand children. I did 2014 summer ride and that experience is never far from my mind. This year sadly has to be shorter due to the fact that my wife was diagnosed with cancer. I want to thank Lydia for her prayer and support and to everybody else for that matter. I will never forget the support from everybody specially from Tom and Lois when my mom passed away on July 15 while I was in S, Dakota on last’s year tour. God bless you all.


Christopher JohnstonChristopher Johnston, 42
Pueblo West, CO
Segment 4: Bayfield, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I have preferred the bike to even walking since I was four years old. I am so excited to be able to combine my faith in the Lord and ride for an excellent cause this summer. For Christmas, my wife Malia gifted me this wonderful opportunity allowing me a week to ride along. I will miss her and my two sons, however, I cannot wait to meet all of my fellow riders.

I am a three-year member of the International Christian Cycling Club (IC3). I hope this fact will help my fundraising as well as, encourage some of my teammates to join in. I am also a Firefighter here in the beautiful state of Colorado and thankful to have gotten a week off to ride along as the Fuller group comes through Colorado. Perhaps one day soon I will be able to ride the entire trek. I am also hoping this adventure will become a regular occurrence for me. What a blessing to be able to bike and serve.


Jeff LambJeff Lamb, 44
Jonesville, VA
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- Carroll County Area, VA

Hello, my name is Jeff Lamb.  I am a math teacher at an elementary school in rural southwest Virginia.  Thirteen years ago, I did my first marathon, and three years ago, I did my first Ironman triathlon.  Every year between Christmas and New Year’s, I like to set goals for the upcoming year.  Loving to bike and run, I was looking at marathons, triathlons and biking events.   At the same time, I was researching mission trips, because I also want to help others.  I stumbled upon The Fuller Bike Adventure.  From that moment on, I was hooked; I don’t think this was by accident.  I look forward to helping others and impacting their lives in a positive way. In turn, this experience will make me a better person.  I thank God for allowing me to participate in this adventure.


Jessica McClainJessica McClain
Louisville, KY
Communications Specialist

I am so excited to be joining this summer as the social media intern and photographer! I am a firm believer that God pushes us out of our comfort zones in order to help us grow and learn, and it seems that this is my next stop!

Over the years, God has led me to a college miles and miles from my lifelong home, to the classrooms of impoverished schools, all over the beautiful country of Peru, and currently, I am studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador! It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but learning to listen when I am called has taken me on some of the most incredible adventures of my life. I cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for us!


Kelsey CorreaKelsey Correa, 23
Returning 2012 Fuller Center Cyclist
Easton, MD
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

Hi, my name is Kelsey Correa and I am a returning Fuller Center cyclist! The Lord led me to the Fuller Center ministry back in 2011 and I got the awesome opportunity to ride with them that summer from Maine to Key West, Florida. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To be able to enjoy God’s beautiful creation on a bicycle was absolutely ahhhhmazing, but the greatest joy of all is being able to do it for a purpose; to be Jesus’ hands and fee in helping the least of these. So I’m excited God has ladi it on my heart to join in yet again!

A little more about myself…I am 23, I work at a hair salon as a shampoo girl, but I’m a full time disciple of Jesus Christ and my greatest job is to share and spread the gospel and to make disciples :) It’s all about following in Jesus’ footsteps and carrying out His ministry, to be His vessels so He can continue to accomplish the will of God, our Father. I love that the Fuller Center Ministry is obedient in doing just that and so I’m excited to see how God will work in us and through us along the way.

We may be helping build and repair temporary homes for others, but ultimately I know we’re praying and believing for souls to be added to the Kingdom, for Christ to have His dwelling in them and to make heaven their eternal home :)


Rachel FikeRachel Fike, 24
Lewiston, ID
Communications Specialist/Van Driver

Hello! My name is Rachel Fike and I have decided to join the Bike Adventure 2015 to be part of something bigger than myself. I applied primarily to serve the Lord, meet people, travel, learn, and embrace a simplistic lifestyle. Someone once told me that as we get older our dreams become “smaller.” Well, I want to keep my dreams alive and BIG! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer than traveling from coast to coast, building homes, spreading the Word of God, and raising $1.25 million to assist in eliminating poverty housing. Bring on the adventures!


Connor CimentConnor Ciment, 22
Tuscaloosa, AL
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I am Connor Ciment, a soon to be Mechanical Engineering graduate of The University of Alabama. I contracted a travel bug when I studied abroad in Italy last spring, and I could think of no better way to tackle the US than by bike doing service. I am ridiculously excited to take part in this adventure. I am most looking forward to meeting great people, and taking part in some awesome build projects. Oh, and biking across the country ain’t bad either.


Graham Houston, 57
Returning 2010 & 2011 Fuller Center Cyclist
Kansas City, MO
Segment 6: Wichita, KS to Columbia, MO
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City MO

Like so many others, I love combining my passions for cycling and service into a great adventure! Affordable housing is a “God Movement,” as Millard Fuller loved to call it. I have been hooked supporting this movement through cycling since 1996 and am approaching 10,000 miles and $100,00 raised. But it’s not about me. It’s about people living in substandard housing, yearning for a glimmer of hope for a better life.

It is fitting to return to the Fuller Center Bike Adventure this year since the Kansas City Covenant Partner will be hosting the FCBA during segment 6. As president and on behalf of our board of directors, we are overjoyed to have this honor and I look forward to “escorting” the group from Wichita, KS to Kansas City and onto Columbia, MO.


SaraSara Dobbs, 52
Returning 2014 & Spring 2015 Fuller Center Cyclist
Houston, TX
Segments 1-3: Oceanside, CA to Bayfield, CO
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- Nigeria

My husband, Steve, was a whole-way-rider last summer and it was a life-changing experience for him. I was lucky enough to join in and ride the last day to the Pacific Ocean and could only imagine how incredible the adventure must be.Steve’s been encouraging me to sign up for more, so we’ve registered for the Spring Ride together, and I’ve committed to two weeks of the Summer Ride. I thought it would be fun to start at the Pacific again and pedal a couple of weeks in the other direction. I’ve been so impressed with the difference made in people’s lives across the country by the FCBA’s home building/renovation help, and can’t wait to be a part of those volunteer efforts, too! With God’s help, I’m ready to ride and build!!


John JohnsonJohn Johnson, 60
Returning 2013 & 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Nashville, TN
Segments 1-2: Oceanside, CA to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $2,000- where most needed

What started out as a way to ride my bike across the US while supporting an organization with a worthy goal has become a large part about who I am. The benefits you receive on a trip like this is beyond what can be described here. I look forward to the fellowship, the can do attitude, the giving back, the physical effort and most of all the people that we will meet along the way. Oh did I mention that it was a lot of fun too? This year I wanted to start the Fuller Center Bike Adventure with the team in the beginning by dipping my tire in the Pacific. One day, I hope I will be able to go the whole way. It’s going to be a great summer!


Kelly ChoKelly Cho, 25
Shanghai, China
Segments 4-9: Bayfield, CO to Syracuse, NY
Fundraising Goal: $3,500- where most needed

Hi! My name’s Kelly. I’m from Singapore and I’m currently a first grade teacher in Shanghai, China. This is my first time joining the Fuller Center Bike Adventure, which I’m super excited for! I recently started biking and enjoy it a lot. I love to be out and about and to travel and explore different places.

I went on a few Habitat for Humanity trips years ago and I’ve been looking out for more opportunities to serve in such ways. I recently came upon the Fuller Center website and their mission to provide shelter for people in need around the world inspired me to join their movement. I am excited and grateful to serve and be part of this ministry that makes a difference around the world!


Peter AsmuthPeter Asmuth, 63
Chevy Chase, MD
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I’ve done a few bike trips- most recently part of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela- and, for the past six years, I’ve participated in a church sponsored work camp in rural Virginia. I’ve driven across country a few times. This will be a great opportunity to combine everything into one adventure, meet America, and help.


BonnieBonnie Kalish, 64
Tucson, AZ
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I am a retired teacher and lived most of my life in rural Wisconsin. I’ve done a number of week long bike trips and thought it would be fun to bike across the country.

I love adventure and helping people. I’m so grateful that I discovered the Fuller Center and their mission to provide housing for those in need. In addition to the adventure of exploring the spectacular countryside on my bike, I will have the opportunity to help people by working on housing projects along the route.

When I moved to Tuscon a few years ago, it opened my eyes and my heart to see so many homeless people living on the streets. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The demand for safe, affordable housing is tremendous. I feel truly blessed to be involved with an organization that is making a difference and look forward to an exciting summer of biking and building.


Cindy MartinCindy Martin, 55
Returning 2013 Fuller Center Cyclist
Kiln, MS
Segments 1 & 2: Oceanside, CA to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- GingerFord, Northshore Louisiana

I rode for 1 week in 2013. I really didn’t know anything about The Fuller Center just wanted to ride with a group. I was a little fed up with the younger generation before the ride- always expecting something for nothing. Boy what a great surprise meeting this group of selfless young people. Melissa and Brett dedicating some of their life to this great cause. There were people doing all kinds of charity work. At that age I would have never thought to commit my life to others.

The Fuller Center is a great organization. They help and encourage the helped to help others. Doing the small jobs that are big jobs for the elderly. Helping our Veterans regain their dignity by providing housing is the best thing.

I am looking forward to meeting and riding with this group.


Jim McCrackenJim McCracken, 58
Returning 2011, 2012, and 2014 cyclist
Lewiston, ID
Segment 1: Oceanside, CA to Phoenix, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $750- India

More than a bike adventure, it’s an adventure of faith, service, and friendship; an opportunity to see and experience God’s greater blessing!

 

 


TopherChristopher Saliba, 15
Rancho Mirage, CA
Segment 4: Bayfield, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
Fundraising Goal: $1000- Palm Desert, CA

I am a freshman at Xavier College Prep High School in Palm Desert, California. My grandfather and I have decided to try to make a change in the world while combining our love for cycling. I have ridden a few one day bike tours around the valley, but have never embarked on a journey close to this. We have searched for the right tour to ride for the past 6 months and came across the Fuller ride and immediately knew it was the right choice.

 


Kristine OlsenKristine Olsen, 26
Austin, TX
Segments 5-10: Colorado Springs, CO to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $2500- where most needed

I am Kristine Olsen (26) and I have decided to join the Fuller Center’s biking adventure this summer. My sister, Lindsey, has biked with this organization for the past two summers and has absolutely loved it. Not only do we get to raise money for an amazing cause, but we get to meet and bond with different people all over the nation. One aspect that attracted me to this organization is their goal to live simply and grow closer to God during the bike adventure. We are required to only bring items we NEED and receive hospitality from different churches each day after biking. I am looking forward to biking, building, and bonding with the people I get to meet this summer. I am also looking forward in growing in my faith on this trip. I believe this adventure will not only improve my physical strength, but my mental and spiritual strength as well. I am very excited!


MerrillMerrill Matlock, 66
Indianapolis, IN
Segment 7: Columbia, MO to Indianapolis, IN
Fundraising Goal: $5,000- Central Indiana

My name is Merrill Matlock and I’m a board member for Fuller Center of Central Indiana. I contributed to a rider from Southern Indiana in 2014 and decided to join the ride in 2015. I join weekly bike rides with a group from Southport Presbyterian Church and hope to have a few of my friends accompany me for this segment. I’ve been riding for around 10 years and have completed several touring rides: Ride Across Indiana, Hilly Hundred, Tour de Cure, Tour of Sciota River Valley in Ohio (TOSRV), and several fund raising rides associated with Cancer and Heart research. I decided to join this segment as a way to raise funds for Central Indiana 20015 build events.


Clint SagerClint Sager, 24
Rouge River, OR
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

Hello there,
My name is Clint Sager, 24, born and raised all over Oregon and I am currently a student applying for Nursing school but still seeking more in life which is why I am absolutely thrilled to partake in this adventure with everyone. Starting on the biking side of things, I have been mountain biking for most of my life and just bought and rode my first road bike 5 months ago. I quickly found the two sports are completely different but I am proud to be a roady and a mountain biker now. I am excited to head out with the group from Oceanside, CA and begin to explore the beautiful land we have as our home. I am excited for the challenges and victories that I will achieve with this group of insane individuals along with the friendships that, I know, will be build over the 4000 miles. I’m excited to give back to families in need and encounter more walks of life that differ from my own. June 5th couldn’t come soon enough for everything but my buttocks which I’m sure will be hating me by the time we reach Arizona. Good luck to everyone on their preparations for this amazing adventure. Much love and GOOOOO DUCKS!!!


AllenAllen Slabaugh, 28
Returning 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Segment 10: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

I had the honor of leading the 2011 and 2012 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventures. I have been in retirement the past couple of years but have decided to get back on the bike and join this great event once again. I firmly believe that there is no better way to see this beautiful country than by the seat of your bike. Plus, you get to meet so many amazing people along the way and help a great cause…how can you pass up on that. I look forward to meeting many new riders and sharing in this unforgettable experience once again.


Tom TebbeTom Tebbe, 66
Returning 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Northbrook, IL
Segments 6-7: Wichita, KS to Indianapolis, IN
Fundraising Goal: $1,500- Nepal

I have ridden with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure since 2010. It is a great way to see the country and meet some of the most dedicated and giving people in the world. I enjoy both biking and building, so where else would I want to spend part of my summer?


KimKim Eisenbarth, 51
Returning 2014 Fuller Center Cyclist
Tuscola, IL
Segment 7: Columbia, MO to Indianapolis, IN
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- Greater Kansas City

After biking with the Fuller Center for the spring Natchez Trace ride in 2014, I was hooked. Great group! Very focused on the goal and mission.
I am looking forward to biking with all of you! Riding cross country with the Fuller Center is most definitely on my bucket list; I just have to figure out how to do that and still run a veterinary clinic!
This photo of my Mom and me was taken last Mother’s Day.


Virigina HughesVirginia Hughes, 60
Returning 2015 Spring Fuller Center Cyclist
Ipswich, MA
Segments 9-10: Aurora, OH to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $4,500- US Covenant Partners

I recently did the Natchez Trace Spring ride and loved the event and the group. It was an awesome week of fellowship, riding, spreading the word and helping out families in need. I am back for more on the summer ride. Glad that I can continue fundraising for such an awesome organization.


CarolynCarolyn McDonough, 19
Pennington, NJ
Whole Way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

What was your childhood dream? To climb Mount Everest? To be a farmer? To be a rock star? Mine was to ride my bicycle across the United States. This summer, I have the opportunity to fulfill my dream of riding 4,000 miles over 2 months. As Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
I am joining other cyclists to ride from coast to coast through the Fuller Center Organization. The Fuller Center is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Our mission is to ride across the nation while serving those in poverty by building homes along the way. We will be stopping 6 times along the ride to build homes. What really attracted me to this organization is their goal to live simply and grow closer to God during the bike adventure.
I am a first year student at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and I’ve always loved adventure and helping people. I’ve done triathlons for the past 4 years, I’m a member of Lafayette College’s crew team, and I’m a serious pianist. I’m very thankful to have discovered the Fuller Center and their mission to provide housing for those in need.
Following Amelia Earhart’s advice, I have decided to act. I will need much tenacity to cross this great nation of ours—tenacity to cross the Rockies, the deserts, the Great Plains, the Appalachians through heat, rain, cold, whatever it takes. I will be serving others but also achieving my childhood dream. I know this is going to be an experience that will last a lifetime.
Are you willing to support me?


Doug CostlowDoug Costlow, 28
Returning 2011, 2012, 2012, & 2014 Fuller Center cyclist
Akron, OH
Segment 8: Indianapolis, IN to Aurora, OH
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

My name is Doug Costlow and this will be my fifth year riding with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. I can’t get enough and just keep coming back. I look forward to building, biking, eating, and serving God. The mission to end poverty housing by showing God’s love in an extremely practical way is one that I am committed to.


Tyler CheathamTyler Cheatham, 15
Picyune, MS
Segments 1-2: Oceanside, CA to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- Ginger Ford- Northshore Louisiana

I will be a 10th grader this Fall. My Grandma has ridden before with the Fuller Center and now I am going to ride with her. I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I love to see how far I can ride!!!


CarmenCarmen Cabuhay, 47
Morris Plains, NJ
Segment 10: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $500- where most needed

It’s always my goal to cycle for something more meaningful and bigger than anything I have done. Bike Adventure is the answer. I work as a full-time nurse, love cycling and hiking (especially in the winter) and have two active college kids; both ride the local ambulance volunteer squad. Volunteerism is important to me and my children, and being able to use my passion to help others is a dream come true.


StephanyStephany Escalanate Galindo, 26
Alhambra, CA
Segments 1-2: Oceanside, CA to Page, AZ
Fundraising Goal: $1,250- where most needed

I hold my handlebars with both hands. I swing my right leg over the frame, I take a seat, clip in, and as I begin to pedal the air is fresher, the world is brighter and my happiness overwhelming. I’m relatively new to biking on the street and where I once met up with friends on a Tuesday nights to go bike riding I know consider these family reunions where miles on the road together are like our moments of bonding. There’s something extra special that happens when I travel through Los Angeles across cities and through neighborhoods by the strength of my legs. I am from Northern California where farmlands were commonplace and the smell of manure a reminder of the agricultural living. Growing up in government housing was not a stain in my memory and I have my parents to thank for their constant protection. Looking back at our situation as a family of 6 living in a 1 to 2 bedroom apartment, I’m fortunate. There were points in my childhood where we could not afford a place to live so we moved to the only place available and the floor was soft soil, however our beds were over concrete slabs so we didn’t have to worry. These details I remember but they are not sorrows of my past but rather reminders that help me to praise my Lord for all the innumerable blessings that surround me daily.

I moved to Southern California two years ago and today I write this profile because my life has changed since my first ride through the streets of Los Angeles. I can clearly remember my first ride and the pace I took reaching 12 mi per hour and thinking how tiring this whole exercise was becoming. Today I can ride at higher speeds and for longer distances. I teach science to eager minds at a wonderful school. I ride to school and home and the 32 miles are a pleasure despite dangerous encounters with vehicles. Teaching inner city students who share some of my struggles growing up and being able to give them a cow eyeball to dissect so that they can see and feel how form and function work together inside of organisms, well that’s what I enjoy most. I’m doing the first two segments for myself, my students, and my community at large. The families we help along the way are my reason for joining.


David Johnson, 53
Avondale Estates, GA
Whole way rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- Atlanta

I decided to join because housing is one of most important aspect of being a family or a member of society. Housing impacts and determines today, tomorrow and future generations.


MaryMary Lacksen, 59
Returning 203 Fuller Center Cyclist
Sparta, GA
Whole Way Rider
Fundraising Goal: $4,000- where most needed

I live in rural Georgia and have enjoyed biking for many years. In the summer of 2013, I rode the first segment with the Fuller Ride and was hooked. The community of riders and generous people who support the journey, as well as the building days, makes this ride rewarding. Like many others, I am inspired to help others find a better way of life. I am a hands-on person and am excited about being part of the entire ride this summer, looking forward to meeting the other riders and helping along the way.

This is a great ministry and I encourage you to consider supporting the Fuller Center.
Special thanks to my amazing family for making this opportunity possible.


ZhouYuji Zhou, 21
Oceanside, CA
Segments 4-10: Bayfield, CO to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $3,500- where most needed

Hi, my name is Yuji Zhou. I am an international student from China. I live in Oceanside and study in MiraCosta college. I would love to join the cross-country bike ride as segments during the summer vacation.


Brian RoyBrian Roy, 48
Returning 2012 Fuller Center Cyclist
Vernon, CT
Segment 9: Syracuse, NY to Portland, ME
Fundraising Goal: $1,000- where most needed

Hi, my name is Brian; I am a General Manager of a construction company and Life Coach. I joined the Bike Adventure for the first time in 2012 it was and is a great opportunity to work with a faith based organization, allowing me to utilize my carpentry skills, while helping others. I cannot wait to see how Christ will touch the lives of those we serve as well as our own. I am grateful for the sacrifice of my wife, children and partners like you for affording me this opportunity. We may never know or see the full impact in the lives that are touched in this journey we call life, but I know this for sure, by just showing up it brings hope into a person’s life and a smile that can never be forgotten.

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