A Leap Forward

A Leap Forward
Monday April 26, 2021

By Neil Mullikin

Hooray!! We made it to Natchez!  It was a huge success after both storms and COVID had put forth so many hurdles over the last 3 years.  Natchez was such a welcome site to all of us.

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Memories on the Trace

Memories on the Trace
Thursday: April 22, 2021

By Diane Bies

Today is Thursday. We have to keep reminding ourselves what day it is as time is definitely standing still and yet flying by at the same time.

We had a cold start today although it warmed up quickly and turned into a beautiful blue sky day. Our route today took us from beautiful Houston, MS to Kosciusko, MS. On this section of the Trace we pass a few areas that are memorable to me as I travel through for the 8th time.

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Why We Ride – Do Good, Share With Others

Editor’s Note: Today’s Build Day Blog Features Reflections from Two of our Riders

Why We Ride
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

By Gary Schroeder

It’s midweek on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure bike ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cycling has been amazing, with beautiful scenery, blue skies, and moderate temperatures, but it was our day off the bike today to do our schedule BUILD DAY that will be the highlight of the trip. Although our group is small because of COVID restrictions, we were able to work on two houses and make a major impact on the home owners.

At one house, the resident has difficulty walking and the existing ramp that he used to avoid stairs was too steep for him to navigate easily or safely. Repairs to the deck and a ramp with a reduced incline will allow him much greater mobility.

At the second house, the wheelchair-bound resident required a larger wheelchair and as a result, his existing ramp was too small. Our small army of riders was able to remove one side of the existing ramp and expand it to fit the new wider chair.

It is an amazing feeling when you realize that one day out of our life can be such a life-changing experience. Ease of getting around we take for granted is a luxury for some and to be able provide that ability today is very rewarding. Seeing their reaction when they see the transformation to their homes is well worth the effort we expended doing the renovation. We have learned to smile and nod when the homeowners thank us for what we’ve done but deep down inside, we know we have received much more than we gave.

Do Good. Share with Others.
April 21, 2021

By Cathy Eastman

Today was cool and breezy with plenty of sunshine. Four of us were led by Deacon Rogers in rebuilding a wheelchair ramp for Dan, a military veteran with some hardships. He had atrial fibrillation problems recently, and last week fell off the ramp, breaking two ribs.

Work went well, with Dan quietly observing and occasionally offering a suggestion. We were finished by early afternoon. We were blessed in having the opportunity to serve both Dan, and Taz.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

Why We Ride
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

By Gary Schroeder

It’s midweek on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure bike ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cycling has been amazing, with beautiful scenery, blue skies, and moderate temperatures, but it was our day off the bike today to do our schedule BUILD DAY that will be the highlight of the trip. Although our group is small because of COVID restrictions, we were able to work on two houses and make a major impact on the home owners.

Do Good. Share with Others.
April 21, 2021

By Cathy Eastman

Today was cool and breezy with plenty of sunshine. 

Four of us were led by Deacon Rogers in rebuilding a wheelchair ramp for Dan, a military veteran with some hardships. He had atrial fibrillation problems recently, and last week fell off the ramp, breaking two ribs.

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When Amazing Weather, Scenery, and History Mix

When Amazing Weather, Scenery, and History Mix
Tuesday: April 20, 2021

By Chuck Snavely

On Tuesday, we rode 83 miles from Dennis to Houston, MS, our longest ride so far and our 4th day riding together. Weather continues to be spectacular, cool to start the day and warming to the mid 70s.

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A Perfect Day for Cycling

A Perfect Day for Cycling
Monday: April 19, 2021

By John Nugent

Day 3: Collinwood, Tennessee to Dennis, Mississippi. 58 miles with 1,811 ft of elevation gain.

Today was an absolutely perfect day for cycling. The pastor of Collinwood Freewill Baptist Church generously bought the group breakfast at the local restaurant. 

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2008 History

SUMMER 20082008 map

San Diego to Savannah: 3,300 miles
Whole way riders: 8
Segment riders: 8
Homes worked on: 7
Total funds raised: $135,000

Bicycle Adventure founder, Ryan Iafigliola, set out on the inaugural adventure with his crew of 8 intrepid adventurers. It was the journey of faith and purpose that started it all!

Photos from the 2008 adventure

2010 History

SUMMER 20102010 map

Niagara Falls to New Orleans: 2,500 miles
Whole way riders: 6
Segment riders: 21
Homes worked on: 10
Funds raised since 2008: $325,000

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Fuller Center for Housing, founded to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Bike Adventure rides the shape of a “5” down the east coast toward New Orleans.

Meet the 2010 Riders 
Photos from the 2010 adventure

2011 History

2010 jersey


 SUMMER 20112011 map

Washington to Washington
(Seattle to D.C.)
: 3,600 miles
Whole way riders: 23
Segment riders: 35
Homes worked on: 12
Funds raised since 2008: $502,000

In 2011 the Bike Adventure headed across the country again, this time under new leadership. As founder Ryan Iafigliola shifted his focus to the Fuller Center’s international programs, Allen Slabaugh stepped in to keep the adventure going.

Meet the 2011 riders
Photos from the 2011 adventure

2012 History

SPRING 2012SpringRoute

In 2012 the Bike Adventure took a big leap with the addition of the Spring Ride in March!

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 25
Homes worked on: 5
Funds raised since 2008: $535,000

The Bike Adventure selected the Natchez Trace Parkway for the beautiful biking (it was named one of America’s ten best biking routes by ESPN!) but we were met with even greater love and hospitality, and more opportunities to serve those in need of a simple decent place to live. By the end of the week on the Trace it was decided that this week-long ride should become an annual event.

Meet the 2012 Spring Riders
Photos from the 2012 Spring Ride


SUMMER 2012

East and West Coasts: 3,700 miles2012 map
Whole way riders: 30
Segment riders: 24
Homes worked on: 4
Funds raised since 2008: $683,000

In another leap of faith the bike adventurers embarked on two consecutive rides in the summer of 2012, starting the summer riding from Maine to Key West then skipping to the west coast to bike from Seattle to San Diego. Following the west coast ride, trip leader Allen Slabaugh decided to move on to his life’s next adventure and in the fall of 2012 Bike Adventure veteran, Melissa Merrill, took the lead.

Meet the 2012 Summer Riders
Photos from the 2012 Adventure