RYAN IAFIGLIOLA: Familiar faces, ferry ride highlight end of 1st segment

Familiar faces, ferry highlight end of 1st segment
June 3, 2023

By Ryan Iafigliola

This morning we headed out from our new friends at Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church, which had a couple of church leaders spend the night with us before joining us for devotions in the morning for our sendoff. This remarkable smallish church hosts a service every Sunday on the beach that averages a thousand people! After a group picture, we headed out for our 71-mile day.

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HEATHER CONTORNO: Seeing my home state in a whole new way

Seeing my home state in a whole new way
June 3, 2023

By Heather Contorno

The ride from the red rocks of Sedona to the Ponderosa pines of Flagstaff (home of the NAU Lumberjacks) was absolutely beautiful.

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ALICE CALDWELL: From one Carolina to another

From one Carolina to another
June 2, 2023

By Alice Caldwell

We set off from the First Baptist Church of Georgetown, South Carolina, for our destination, Calabash Community Presbyterian Church in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

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SUZANNE STACK: Grinding it out in the Arizona desert

Grinding it out in the Arizona desert
June 1, 2023

By Suzanne Stack

Today was the dreaded 97.8-mile uphill with 6,000’ climb day. Tom Davies, a 5-time RAAM racer who came by to visit us at Salome High School advised going a different way. But our Neil is a studier and (after who knows how many hours of consideration) stuck to the original route.

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PAUL ROUSE: Starting and finishing the day with two big bridges

Starting and finishing the day with big bridges
June 1, 2023

By Paul Rouse

We left our host church in Charleston, NC – Bethel United Methodist, at 7:45 AM and headed for the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.  The climb of a little more than 200 feet seemed relatively easy as we set out on fresh legs.  The views of the Charleston Harbor and downtown were breathtaking.  We then rode past stately old homes in Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms before heading out into the countryside.

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RANDI TOPPS: Growing stronger as we enter Arizona

Growing stronger as we enter Arizona
May 31, 2023

By Randi Topps

Today we said goodbye to California and began our journey through Arizona.

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TIM DeCLUE: Pineapple fountains and BBQ

Pineapple fountains and BBQ
May 31, 2023

By Tim DeClue

We left Walterboro with fond memories of Southern BBQ and quiet, peaceful mornings.

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DIANE DUNTON BRUNI: The meaning of build days

The meaning of build days
May 30, 2023

By Diane Dunton Bruni

We ride. We gather in community. We pray. We share stories.

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CAROL MULLIGAN: Onward from Okatie

Onward from Okatie
May 29, 2023

By Carol Mulligan

Last night Okatie Baptist in Okatie, S.C., served a lovely dinner of spaghetti, multiple salads and a smorgasbord of desserts, lots of conversations with the hosting group and a prayer from a church member youngster — 91-year-old motorcycle man and his motorcycle mama.

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MICHAEL WIESER: A route everyone will love

A second chance and a route everyone will love
May 29, 2023

By Michael Wieser

I would like to start out by thanking everyone who had a hand in planning this ride. Without all the volunteers that stepped forward and made calls to secure hosts, this bike adventure would never had gotten off the ground.

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