A City of Love

Written by: Arron Luo

After a shorter ride of 28.4 miles on Tuesday, we arrived in Philadelphia. The distance and early morning start meant everyone had gotten in by 10:30am to Schummers of Kensington, the auto shop where we’d stay the next two nights because the day after is a build day. Thank you Nick Fury, thank you Amanda Fury!

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Serving The Simple Way

Written by: Jim Hartman

As I mentioned yesterday, the Fuller Center Covenant Partner looks to  provide much more than adequate affordable housing for the community they serve. They are called The Simple Way. In addition to housing, they also provide access to a community garden, run a food pantry, and assist the community with other issues. Here is a link if you would like to know more about them – The Simple Way.

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Riding Through the Rain

Written by: Rick Nowlin

Reynoldsville to Bellefonte

I took a fair weather approach today.  It started to downpour just before we were to leave from circle up in the morning.  I had already chosen to ride in the support vehicle, and I was so glad that I did.  I started riding the bike at mile 52 and finished the ride from there. I had to experience what all the others had all day long.  I got drenched and had long hills going up all the way to the church. When we arrived at the church, we were welcomed in with opening arms, snacks, and cold drinks. You can relive the ride with me here.

The Last Ride

Written by: Karl Trimmer

Today we completed the last mountain ride from Hazelton to Phoenixville, which is mostly downhill except for a few uphills, including Hawk Mountain, where the grade reaches 16% and the climb continues for two miles.  Most days everyone would be talking about what a killer the climb was and how happy they were to complete.  Today everyone seemed to take it in stride and finish.

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Written by: Stephany Escalante Galindo

Today we rode 58 miles from Bellefonte, PA to Lewisburg, PA. It still blows me away that there are church members who choose to wake up early (sometimes as early as 4:30am) to cook breakfast for a bunch of cyclist going across the country. This morning we had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast thanks to two special ladies from St. John’s Church. We had 2 egg casseroles this morning- one had turkey and the other had wild boar sausage. Continue reading

Rolling Through Nature

Written by: Julio Galindo

7/31/18 we biked 73 miles from Grove City, Pennsylvania, to Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, with an elevation gain of 7,372 feet according to the bike computer we use. Today lights on was at 5 am. We slept on a bunch of pillows put together and it was very comfortable. Today Stephany and I were sweeps. We had an extra rider with us for a few miles, the pastor from the church we stayed. As we were going uphill a family of 3 deer crossed right in front of us. Continue reading

Expect the Unexpected

Written by: Courtney Fields

“Not your typical internship…you won’t be picking up coffee, we promise.”

Lots of college internships like to promise you certain hours, expectations, and privileges- if you look at my generation, that’s easily understandable. We rely heavily on instant gratification. So when people have asked me along the route whether or not my internship with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is what I expected, I always respond with a “I had NO clue what I was getting myself into.” And I truly mean that. Nothing could have prepared me for what I am a part of now. The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is a family, and it provides immense opportunity to serve, grow, and to (get this) change! So here are the top 10 things that I have learned by serving as an intern for this incredible group for those who want to know what to expect/do: Continue reading

Build Day Blessings

Written by: Mark Goodwin

I have started my fourth week of riding and have ridden in seven states. We have worked on four building sites. Tuesday in Springfield, Ohio, we were split into three teams. One team work at the YMCA making improvements to the reception area, and the other two teams painted the inside of houses, getting them ready for families yet to be determined. Even though we did not meet the future families, it feels good to know that the work moved the local Fuller Center closer to completion, thus helping two families attain affordable housing. Continue reading