Written by: Erin Smethers


Two months ago, if you asked me what home was I would say my house in Illinois, but after 4 weeks on the road with FCBA home has a whole new meaning. Home is where you know how to work the shower, can flip on the bathroom lights with no random wall slapping, and where you don’t have to pack up your belonging every morning.
While riding between different small towns in Montana during weeks three and four, I learned how special a shower or bathroom to yourself can feel or how nice it is when someone shares their outlet with you; small acts I had never considered “back home.”

Speaking of home, my parents flew in to visit me for all of 28 hours today ☺ I was excited all week to see them but most of all I was excited to have a warm (long) shower and a queen sized bed! It’s funny though, as I type this I’m wondering what everyone is doing at the church, what the sleeping and outlet situations are, and I am wondering if they too got a hot shower. After spending 4 weeks with 27 complete strangers it’s funny how close to family they have become. So quickly home is losing its meaning as a physical location and transforming into a place where I am loved and supported beyond my comprehension. Whether in Illinois, Colorado, or North Dakota I know my biological family, my friend family, and my FCBA family can make any house or church feel like home.


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Riding bikes, building homes, and changing lives. Come join us!

In the last ten years, the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure has helped hundreds of people have some of the most meaningful experiences of their lives.  They come to ride bikes and change lives by building houses along the way, but they leave finding themselves the ones truly changed and with friendships built for life.

In a typical ride week, we ride about 75 miles per day and have designated build days in which we stop to build or repair homes. We support each other as we ride, and we also have a van supporting us! We spend each night eating, sleeping and sharing the vision in churches — often to some of the most enthusiastic and warm welcomes you can imagine.

The event is an invitation, not a race — an invitation to break from the routine of daily life and follow Jesus’s call to love and serve our neighbor, especially “the least of these.” Thirty years from now, will you wish you spent more time in an office or more time out exploring beautiful countryside, getting your hands dirty and changing the world?

Our Annual Rides

Natchez Trace Parkway — Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS — April 5 – 14, 2019
This week-long, 400-mile ride down the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway allows riders to enjoy what ESPN rated as one of America’s ten best biking roads while contributing to the eradication of poverty housing.

Enjoy the picturesque countryside of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, with the option of a free van ride back to the starting point at week’s end. The ride is fully-supported, and we stay with churches as we go. Learn more.



Swholewayummer Rides — Parks & Peaks and Seattle to D.C.! — May 24 – August 11, 2018

Join us on this summer for a once in a lifetime cross-country adventure, or choose any number of week-long segments from either route.  Help build homes as you travel and create incredible friendships within a supportive team environment.

The rides are fully supported and we stay in churches, enjoying fellowship with the followers of Christ along the way. Learn more about the event overall, or choose a segment from our twenty weeks of riding.


Dirt to D.C. — GAP and C&O Trails — September 21 – 29, 2019

As the newest member of the Bike Adventure family, the week-long Dirt to D.C. ride follows the wild, historic and unpaved routes of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O) from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.

Dirt to D.C. riders will enjoy the serenity of the Appalachian wilderness in early fall, cross the Eastern Continental Divide, and take in the sights of the nation’s capital. This ride is fully-supported, with rest stops every 18-25 miles.
Learn more.


The Silver Comet Trail Ride — September 29 – 30, 2018

It’s back! Our fan-favorite weekend ride is back for 2018. This trail ride is largely flat and away from traffic, making it a perfect weekend spent on the bike. It offers 64 or 101 mile options the first day, and a 64 mile ride back to your car the second day. We will spend the night camping in the beautiful Chief Ladiga campground in Borden Springs, AL!

You don’t want to miss an awesome weekend of cycling, fellowship, and beautiful views. Learn more here!



THANK YOU to our 2018 Sponsors & Partners:

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