Hospitality in Huntingburg

Written by: Stephany Escalante-Galindo

Today we rode 82 miles from Fairfield, Illinois to Huntingburg, Indiana. That’s right- we are in a new state. When we crossed the Mississippi River leaving St. Louis we expected to see the Illinois state sign, but didn’t see it. When we were getting ready to leave Illinois we looked for the sign and crossed the street to get a quick photo. This day we were joined by 3 cyclist from Evansville, Indiana. One of the cyclist is a RAM contestant and winner for his age group. I was looking forward to riding with him and had the opportunity for about 15 miles.

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Fuller family … meet my family

Written by: Luke Zavala 

 

FULLER FAMILY…MEET MY FAMILY.

My name is Luke Zavala. I’m from Chicago, and this is my 4th ride with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. I’ve ridden down the west coast, across the country, and now I’m riding a couple of weeks through the Midwest. This mission has a special place in my heart. My wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary by riding the cross-country route with FCBA in 2016. I’ve met some of my closest friends on this ride. It’s a privilege to get to do life alongside them, serving together to do a small part to improve the lives of one another, as well as the covenant partners across the United States.

Like most of the FCBA riders, it’s sometimes hard to explain to others, at home, the draw of punishing yourself for 75 miles a day—day after day—as you pedal for the better part of every day. Since 2012, I’ve talked to my friends and family back home, and tried to convince them to just buy-in and come along. Last year, my Uncle Mike joined us for a week on the West Coast. He finished his week with a deeper understanding of the draw of the ride, and the amazing work the Fuller Center does.

This year, Uncle Mike is back for 2 weeks. And my Aunt Barbie and Uncle Brian are also joining for one segment, from St. Cloud to Madison. And my brother is joining the ride from Madison to South Bend. It’s been an incredible experience, being able to introduce my blood family to my Fuller Center family. Getting to ride in a pace line with so many people I love is a feeling that is hard to put into words. Getting to walk alongside my family as they jump in with both feet to support my wife and I, and this mission, makes me realize what a lucky guy I am. I look forward to many more years, and many more relatives, getting to smash pedals across the country and support the FCBA’s amazing mission.

Paths

Written by: Joan Flieg

I know we all meet people throughout our daily lives, but for me this past week, I am exceptionally grateful that God has set a wonderful group of people in my path from the FCBA. Continue reading

Growth

Written by: Beth Batchelor 

 

People from home sometimes think I’m insane when I tell them what I’m doing. People think 75 miles a day for six days in a row is impossible. However, I’m constantly amazed by how even the hardest of days don’t seem quite that hard.Continue reading

Full[er] Hearts

Written by: Jackie Rouse

I hopped on the ride this week joining a crew that has been together for 5 weeks already.  Granted, this is my second ride with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure, so I know most of the routines.  I was a “whole-way rider” back in the summer of 2016 and enjoyed it tremendously! When I signed up for it, I knew I would enjoy the cycling but it was so much more than just a bike ride.  The unconditional hospitality I received from other riders, churches, Fuller affiliates, and people we met along the way exceeded my expectations in every way. The build days brought true realization to Fullers’ purpose, and meeting and working along side of the homeowners made the mission meaningful.Continue reading

Halfway Reflections

Written by: Joel Derksen

We’ve hit the halfway point of our incredible journey, and what an adventure it’s been. 5 wonderful
weeks down, and 5 more exciting weeks to come! I’ve had the privilege of leading this ride as we’ve
been making our way across the country, and I can’t say enough what a blessing it’s been to serve the
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Collecting stories

Written by: Steff Zavala

 

Good evening, blog readers and FCBA crew who are reading this! This morning was a great, overcast day to ride. We started in White Bear Lake, MN after a hearty breakfast of leftovers and recap stories of the day/evening before. I love morning rides. We all tend pull out of the church around the same time and it takes a while for everyone to figure out their pace for the day. That allows for ample time to connect with various individuals as you come up on their left or if you slow to ride with them for a bit.Continue reading

Blessed to be a Blessing

Written by: Ami Hough

Highlights for the week are what brings this group together. One of my highlights for this week was gathering around the families that we will be helping through the Greater Blessings program at the Fuller Center for Housing Covenant Partner in Kansas City, Missouri. To see the joy it brought them to know that others across the country were here to help make their home livable brought tears to my eyes. It feels like an accomplishment already, just by seeing their faces. I look forward to seeing more lives changed through the Bike Adventure and the Greater Blessings program.

Lamas, Laughter, and Live Action

Written by: Nadine Bucca

Today we road 73 miles from Holly, Colorado, to Garden City, Kansas. The heat wasn’t so bad but we still stopped by Sonic for some ice cold drinks to cool off. As soon as we leave Kansas, everyone will think about The Wizard of Oz quote “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” For now, we are in Kansas. We’ve left the desert and are enjoying seeing lush fields of beautiful crops and passing by lama farms. Kansas even has zebras. Amazing.

I made the video for the week with the help of 2 amazing interns who captured some laugh out loud moments. One of my teachers would say that he believed in giving everyone an equal opportunity– that is an equal opportunity to be made fun of. Here’s the link to the video: https://youtu.be/9gttyEtdeI0

I enjoyed entering Minnesota. I can tell my legs and lungs are strengthening. I was feeling so good I decided to take on the big guy, ” Olee “. Takes a bit of getting used to following the Mississippi while biking in Minnesota. Continue reading