By Fred Smoak

Last Friday we had a day off after reaching Glacier National Park. It had taken several grueling days to get there, and the question arose, ‘What should we do?’  The answer, of course, was ride our bikes up the Going-to-the-Sun Road!

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Amazing Glacier

By Nick Bietz

Woweewawa!!! What an amazing stay in Polson, Montana on Flathead Lake. The Rodrique family was so gracious in allowing us to stay at their place. Everyone in the group wanted to take an off day at this location instead of riding in to Glacier National Park. (That says something!). Alas, however, we bucked up and got on our bikes in the morning and rode on.  The ride along Flathead Lake gifted us with breathtaking views for 45 miles before we headed off the lakeshore en route to Glacier.


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Shaking up the Scenery

Written By: Libby Bauman 

West Lafayette to Indianapolis, Indiana

Ride Day: 38

Miles: 79.6

For the past couple days, we’ve been used to rolling country roads flanked by corn and soybeans and interrupted by few vehicles. While riding on roads that allow for idle chatting is a nice break from narrow shoulders and busy traffic, watching field after field go by can become a little boring. Today, we shook up the scenery as we rolled nearer and nearer to Indianapolis. Houses started to appear instead of just barns, and more interesting sights revealed themselves.Continue reading


By Alicia Bietz

As a new rider I have experienced many wonderful events on the ride from Bozeman, Montana towards Glacier; wonderful welcomes and hosts, fabulous scenery, awesome riders, challenging mileage, fun conversations, terrific food, and much much more. I have never, however, experienced headwinds like we experienced on the ride from Deer Lodge, MO to Missoula, MO. Our day was supposed to be a breeze (no pun intended) with the majority of our 85 miles being a gentle downhill descent towards Missoula. It ended up being one of the most difficult rides of the trip.

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A Wonderful Week

By Alice Little Caldwell

Although I have participated in previous Fuller Center Bike Adventures, this is my first week back – for the segment from Bozeman, Montana to Glacier National Park. As I flew into Bozeman, I was awed by the beauty of the mountains.  I have become more acquainted with them from the seat of a bicycle. On Tuesday, we left from Whitehall, Montana, where we stayed in a very hospitable United Methodist Church. The members served us dinner and a hot breakfast the next morning. We had explored the town the day before and found the best ice cream deal – a heaping cup of Montana ice cream for a small town price. 

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100,000 miles

Today was not so much about an 85 mile ride from Ottumwa to Burlington in Iowa, but more about a single rider from amongst the bike adventure team who achieved a lifelong ambition.Continue reading

Community and Family

By Sam Vandenheede

Today was another incredible day on the bike adventure. We rode a fast-paced, mostly downhill 90.4 miles through a gorgeous valley along the Gallatin River. Mountains overlooked the road the whole way, we saw many deer, Fred claims to have seen a bear. The ride took us from West Yellowstone to Bozeman.

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The Adventure

By Beth Bachelor

It’s called the Fuller Center Bike Adventure for a reason. Everyday we are on an adventure. However, today was an adventure with a capital A for sure. It started at 1:30am when some large animal, probably a bear, decided to ram into the Bike Adventure trailer, which is where I was sleeping. From there, it led to a 4am wakeup call so Connor and I could bike from Grant Campground in Yellowstone to West Yellowstone.

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Written by Dan Sheridan 
We’re now at 2,520 miles in our journey across the USA, with about 1,125 left to go.
I’m only 48 miles away from 100,000 miles cycled as an adult, so I should reach that milestone tomorrow.  I’m grateful for the chance to celebrate this milestone with the wonderful friends that I’ve made on this trip.

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