Sweeps and Sweets

Written by: Stephany Escalante Galindo

Today we biked 83 miles from Dodge City, Kansas to Great Bend, Kansas. I volunteered to sweep today with our trip leader, Joel. It’s always fun to chat and ride with him because he’s goofy. We passed miles and miles of windmills along the way.Continue reading

Written by: Ginny Hughes

We finished week four in the capital of ND, Bismarck over the weekend. The Grace Lutheran church welcomed us warmly and provided a bountiful Sunday 
breakfast. Even though it was a rest day some of us chose to help out with painting the school rooms in the basement as they had had trouble finding 
volunteers for the task. 

The first day of week five took us from Bismarck to the little town of Strasburg ND. The crops in this part of the country are corn, sunflowers, soybeans, 
wheat and I’m sure others. I was told that this is a very rich growing area because of the exceptionally deep topsoil. The welcome we received in Strasburg was over the top. The first thing I noticed was someone yelling to me from the other side of the road. That was Teri, the local newspaper reporter getting 
pictures for an article about the Fuller Bike Adventure. The mayor had been very generous in arranging for us to stay in a school and to prepare our dinner in the senior center. I’m on dinner team this week and we opted to make a baked potato bar and salad. After dinner arrangements were made for us to be 
picked up by a school bus and transported to Lawrence Welk's family homestead. The Welk's and others in this area emigrated from Russia after having first 
moved from Germany to Russia. The homestead is in a beautiful setting on a lake. The barn is bigger than the house. Next we were transported to a large 
Catholic Church built in the early 20th century and is now on the National register of historic places. Visiting a sod house was next on the agenda, but we 
were all too tired after a long day of riding. 

Today was the hardest day of the trip so far. Everyone agreed. We conquered 83 miles with head and cross winds. It was relentless. Temps were in the 80 and it was humid. But it was the winds that did everyone in. I almost gave up at the last rest stop but somehow found a second wind. 

Once again we arrived into a community that has opened its arms to us. We crossed the South Dakota border and are now in Leola, the rhubarb capitol of the 
world.  We passed high grassy plains with the occasional pond. Bird life was abundant and I loved the smell of the roadside wildflowers. We are thankful to be in a school gym with air conditioning and bellies full after a wonderful meal provided by some of the folks in town. I’m continually amazed at the 
outpouring of love and support we receive from so many. 

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July when we will celebrate and reflect upon our many freedoms. And do a bit of biking.

From Honeymoon to Holiday

Happy Independence Day to all!

Written by: Tom Weber
The honeymoon is over? This admirable team has been together now going into our 5th week; we have 10 whole-way riders and 3 interns. We came together as a family very quickly, but now as the honeymoon comes to an end, we continue to help and support each other in an even more caring and helpful way. We are family, and will continue as family long after this 10 weeks is over.

Over the Hills

Written by: Rick Nowlin

Alamosa to La Veta

Today’s original plans for the route were to go to Walsenburg, CO but we found a host Church in La Veta instead. This church made our trip today a little shorter distance.  We crossed the Continental Divide today, and the landscape is all downhill from here as we ride through Kansas. 

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Memory Lane in the Great Plains

Written by: Mark Goodwin

I rode with FCBA last year on the east coast route. When the announcement of the 2018 routes were made, I knew I had to ride, I just was not sure how many weeks I would make. Ocean to Ocean is the ride I chose, and how far to ride was the next decision. Penny, my wife, and I lived in Kansas for 25 years and moved to Owasso, Oklahoma fifteen years ago. I always wanted to bike-ride across Kansas, and there is a ride called Bike Across Kansas. I am doing a BAK with FCBA.Continue reading

Home

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.Continue reading

Never Short on Support

Written by: Ami Hough

We started in Taos, New Mexico at Loma Verde Presbyterian Camp, and ended in Alamosa, Colorado. The ride was incredibly long- 101 miles- but with the support of a fellow rider, we were able to pass the time with laughter and joy. Continue reading

Even through the Flame

Written by: Susan Pratt

What a week so far. .. We cycled into La Veta, a small town community with the same type of commitment the Fuller Center cyclists have for each other. As I walked around town I stopped in the post office, the market, an art studio, and a nail salon (yes, it was time to get a pedicure), I noticed that everyone knew one another.  Then we had an ice cream social with the congregation of the church we were staying in. The entire town’s care for each other was evident.   With a fire spreading nearby, the folks were focused on ways to help their own community. Continue reading

Bonding with Our Church Hosts

Written by: Bill Black

One of the great rewards for riders on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure is the opportunity to meet the people at the churches that support us along the way.  While the level of involvement by the community varies from church to church, we have deep appreciation for everContinue reading

Reflecting on the Good

Written by: Kert Emperado

Gallup, NM – Grants, NM

Today’s ride from Gallup to Grants was spectacular.  We saw rock formations, caves, mountains, and plateaus, as we paralleled Interstate-40.  My riding buddies for most of the day were Dan Sheridan, from Ohio, Stephany Escalante Galindo, from LA, Tom Weber, from Geezerville, CO, and our young trip leader, Joel Derksen from Winnipeg, Ontario.  Each one of them have a unique and interesting life, and all of them are wonderful people. Continue reading