Florida to Florence

This route is a culmination of everything cyclists want in a cross-country ride: beautiful scenery, build days, and incredible host churches. Over 10 weeks the group will experience the country by bike from the enchanted Amelia Island, Florida to Oregon’s famous coastline. The group will have the opportunity to volunteer on 6 different build days, one in Millard Fuller’s hometown, and even visit The Fuller Center for Housing headquarters. We’ll put our hammers down and pick up hiking boots in the west as we enjoy off days at Wind Cave, Grand Teton, and Crater Lake National Parks. This is the trip you don’t want to miss!

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10 Weeks to Choose From!

Can’t join us for the full 10 week cross-country? Pick your favorite segments and join us for as long as you can! Click the segment headings below to view details and day-by-day schedules.

To embark on the remarkable journey ahead, riders will gather at our host church in Amelia Island, Florida, to begin orientation and have our demo ride from the beautiful waters of Fernandina Beach. After church on Sunday, we will leave the Sunshine State in our rearview mirrors as we cross St. Mary’s River, the natural border between Florida and Georgia. The riders will be greeted with the Georgia coast’s marshes and creeks which will guide them toward the Okeefenokee Swamp outside of Waycross, Georgia. We will pass the former home of the world’s largest Magnolia tree in Tifton, then head west toward our first build day in Albany, Georgia. In down time, be sure to visit the statue of hometown hero Ray Charles, or take a quick tour of the Flint RiverQuarium. Our first weekend together holds the second build day, a visit to Fuller Center Headquarters, and our first off day in Americus, Georgia.

Hello, Segment 2! Once segment riders have arrived, we’ll host our weekly team meeting on Sunday night. Monday’s ride will provide views of Georgia’s country farms and small towns until we reach Columbus, Georgia, the second largest city in the state. Columbus is known for its whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee River and beautiful bike trails for those who have the energy.  Tuesday’s ride will sneak across the Chattahoochee river (using a pedestrian bridge) into Alabama as we take a brisk ride to Millard Fuller’s hometown of Lanett, Alabama, for our third build day. U.S. Bicycling Route 21 will lead us back into Georgia for two more days, then out of north Georgia. Friday’s short ride into Tennessee will pass by one of Chattanooga’s most-visited spots, Ruby Falls, at Lookout Mountain. We’ll close out the week with a century into Murfreesboro, our host city for the weekend, with plenty of activities to fill the off day.  

After an off day in Nashville’s Metropolitan Area, Segment 3 makes headway toward the west coast while navigating to St. Louis, Missouri’s gateway to the West.  We’ll cycle from the city toward the country roads of Russellville, Kentucky, for our fourth Build Day, then spend one more ride day in Kentucky. Saturday’s ride into Missouri will lead the group over the Mississippi River and past The Arch for a final weekend full of Southern hospitality, and great barbecue. 

More builds and more miles in Segment Four! After a restful weekend in the Gateway to the West, the crew will huddle up for the weekly team meeting before a shorter week of riding through the “Show Me State.” The group will weave through the state using over 100 miles of the U.S.’s longest stretch of rail-to-trail, Katy Trail, which roughly follows Lewis and Clark’s expedition of the West. We’ll land in Warrensburg on Wednesday, then volunteer with the local Covenant Partner the next day. After another ride day, the Greater Kansas City Covenant Partner will host us for a Saturday Build Day, community dinner, and a tour of Missouri’s largest city. You can expect a great week of riding and building in this state, and our hosts can’t wait to “Show You!”

Segment 5 is all about moving on up- north, that is, to integrate National Parks into our cross-country route. From our rest day in Kansas City, the route heads through Kansas then due north toward Iowa, hugging the Missouri River, which snakes into Nebraska to add another state onto the list. A combination of bike trails will lead from Shenandoah to Omaha. We will continue following the Missouri River to Sioux City until we cross over the river into South Dakota for the 4th of July.  What better way to spend Independence Day than in Sioux Falls, coined “The Heart of America!”  Spend the holiday enjoying free lunch and live music in Falls Park, then conjure up enough energy to go rock climbing at Palisades State Park on your off day if you dare. We’ll go through 5 different states in Segment 5.

After an adventure-filled Fourth of July weekend, we are officially halfway finished with our 10 week journey. Our second ride day provides the opportunity to cross over the beautiful Missouri River, the longest river in North America. The midweek point will cause everyone to feel like a “Winner” after completing the century ride. Friday’s ride day will take us through Badlands National Park, whose paved roads will provide views of canyons, fossil beds, and bison. On Saturday, the slow and steady roads will lead us by an alpaca farm, then into the bustling Rapid City. Two off days in Rapid City will allow for tours of Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave National Park.

National Parks, National Monuments, and on to equally exquisite “Equality State,” Wyoming. Monday’s ride will take us across the state line into our 13th state. Lots of climbing this week as we move westward through beautiful mountains that frame Wind River. Two centuries during the middle of the week plus followed by a short ride day on the road will lead to a Saturday evening in “Destination Dubois,” where there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained on Saturday. After airport drop-offs and church on Sunday, the van will take off for free time in Grand Teton National Park.

After church on Sunday, the group will pile into vehicles and drive into Grand Teton National Park. Everyone will have the option to hike and explore the park in a planned activity, or to branch off with friends before camping in the park that night. Monday afternoon the vans will travel back to Dubois to prepare for Tuesday’s ride into the valley of Jackson Hole. The next ride is long and steep, but the views are what will take your breath away. You’ll cross Snake River twice en route to the Idaho border and Idaho Falls – the state’s second largest city. Be sure to check out Craters of the Moon National Monument during Friday’s short ride from Acro to Carey, then spend a restful weekend in Mountain Home after riding a century on Saturday. 

From Mountain Home, we’ll skirt past Boise, the capital of the state, then move northwest toward the Oregon state line – our 15th and final state, with the Snake river at our feet once more! Quiet stretches of highway through the high desert will guide us past the Unity Forest State Park, then to a night’s rest in Unity, Oregon. Beautiful peaks ahead will inspire you to keep pushing through forest to Prineville, the oldest city in Oregon that’ll make you feel like you’re living in an Old Western film. A short Saturday stretch to Bend will be worth the ride as a trip to Crater Lake awaits on Sunday afternoon.  

Segment 10 is finally here, and it’s hard to believe. Once segment riders have come and departed in Bend, we’ll prepare for a short week with tons of natural beauty as we approach the Oregon coast. Sunday afternoon calls for a day off of the bikes, and on our feet in Crater Lake National Park. We’ll drive to the park and stay in a campsite close to the lake that night. After spending Monday morning exploring the park, we’ll pack up our camping gear and head back to Bend. Tuesday morning we’ll start the last stretch. Oregon’s enchanting trees will line our path to Eugene. Thursday night we’ll stay in Mapleton for an easy and emotional last ride into Florence, Oregon the following day.  On Friday the group will gather on Heceta Beach for our closing ceremony and farewells. Enjoy our last off day in Florence together, then the van and trailer will depart for Eugene Airport on Sunday morning. 

To embark on the remarkable journey ahead, riders will gather at our host church in Amelia Island, Florida, to begin orientation and have our demo ride from the beautiful waters of Fernandina Beach. After church on Sunday, we will leave the Sunshine State in our rearview mirrors as we cross St. Mary’s River, the natural border between Florida and Georgia. The riders will be greeted with the Georgia coast’s marshes and creeks which will guide them toward the Okeefenokee Swamp outside of Waycross, Georgia. We will pass the former home of the world’s largest Magnolia tree in Tifton, then head west toward our first build day in Albany, Georgia. In down time, be sure to visit the statue of hometown hero Ray Charles, or take a quick tour of the Flint RiverQuarium. Our first weekend together holds the second build day, a visit to Fuller Center Headquarters, and our first off day in Americus, Georgia.

Hello, Segment 2! Once segment riders have arrived, we’ll host our weekly team meeting on Sunday night. Monday’s ride will provide views of Georgia’s country farms and small towns until we reach Columbus, Georgia, the second largest city in the state. Columbus is known for its whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee River and beautiful bike trails for those who have the energy.  Tuesday’s ride will sneak across the Chattahoochee river (using a pedestrian bridge) into Alabama as we take a brisk ride to Millard Fuller’s hometown of Lanett, Alabama, for our third build day. U.S. Bicycling Route 21 will lead us back into Georgia for two more days, then out of north Georgia. Friday’s short ride into Tennessee will pass by one of Chattanooga’s most-visited spots, Ruby Falls, at Lookout Mountain. We’ll close out the week with a century into Murfreesboro, our host city for the weekend, with plenty of activities to fill the off day.  

 

After an off day in Nashville’s Metropolitan Area, Segment 3 makes headway toward the west coast while navigating to St. Louis, Missouri’s gateway to the West.  We’ll cycle from the city toward the country roads of Russellville, Kentucky, for our fourth Build Day, then spend one more ride day in Kentucky. Saturday’s ride into Missouri will lead the group over the Mississippi River and past The Arch for a final weekend full of Southern hospitality, and great barbecue. 

More builds and more miles in Segment Four! After a restful weekend in the Gateway to the West, the crew will huddle up for the weekly team meeting before a shorter week of riding through the “Show Me State.” The group will weave through the state using over 100 miles of the U.S.’s longest stretch of rail-to-trail, Katy Trail, which roughly follows Lewis and Clark’s expedition of the West. We’ll land in Warrensburg on Wednesday, then volunteer with the local Covenant Partner the next day. After another ride day, the Greater Kansas City Covenant Partner will host us for a Saturday Build Day, community dinner, and a tour of Missouri’s largest city. You can expect a great week of riding and building in this state, and our hosts can’t wait to “Show You!”

Segment 5 is all about moving on up- north, that is, to integrate National Parks into our cross-country route. From our rest day in Kansas City, the route heads through Kansas then due north toward Iowa, hugging the Missouri River, which snakes into Nebraska to add another state onto the list. A combination of bike trails will lead from Shenandoah to Omaha. We will continue following the Missouri River to Sioux City until we cross over the river into South Dakota for the 4th of July.  What better way to spend Independence Day than in Sioux Falls, coined “The Heart of America!”  Spend the holiday enjoying free lunch and live music in Falls Park, then conjure up enough energy to go rock climbing at Palisades State Park on your off day if you dare. We’ll go through 5 different states in Segment 5.

After an adventure-filled Fourth of July weekend, we are officially halfway finished with our 10 week journey. Our second ride day provides the opportunity to cross over the beautiful Missouri River, the longest river in North America. The midweek point will cause everyone to feel like a “Winner” after completing the century ride. Friday’s ride day will take us through Badlands National Park, whose paved roads will provide views of canyons, fossil beds, and bison. On Saturday, the slow and steady roads will lead us by an alpaca farm, then into the bustling Rapid City. Two off days in Rapid City will allow for tours of Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave National Park.

 

National Parks, National Monuments, and on to equally exquisite “Equality State,” Wyoming. Monday’s ride will take us across the state line into our 13th state. Lots of climbing this week as we move westward through beautiful mountains that frame Wind River. Two centuries during the middle of the week plus followed by a short ride day on the road will lead to a Saturday evening in “Destination Dubois,” where there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained on Saturday. After airport drop-offs and church on Sunday, the van will take off for free time in Grand Teton National Park.

After church on Sunday, the group will pile into vehicles and drive into Grand Teton National Park. Everyone will have the option to hike and explore the park in a planned activity, or to branch off with friends before camping in the park that night. Monday afternoon the vans will travel back to Dubois to prepare for Tuesday’s ride into the valley of Jackson Hole. The next ride is long and steep, but the views are what will take your breath away. You’ll cross Snake River twice en route to the Idaho border and Idaho Falls – the state’s second largest city. Be sure to check out Craters of the Moon National Monument during Friday’s short ride from Acro to Carey, then spend a restful weekend in Mountain Home after riding a century on Saturday. 

From Mountain Home, we’ll skirt past Boise, the capital of the state, then move northwest toward the Oregon state line – our 15th and final state, with the Snake river at our feet once more! Quiet stretches of highway through the high desert will guide us past the Unity Forest State Park, then to a night’s rest in Unity, Oregon. Beautiful peaks ahead will inspire you to keep pushing through forest to Prineville, the oldest city in Oregon that’ll make you feel like you’re living in an Old Western film. A short Saturday stretch to Bend will be worth the ride as a trip to Crater Lake awaits on Sunday afternoon.  

Segment 10 is finally here, and it’s hard to believe. Once segment riders have come and departed in Bend, we’ll prepare for a short week with tons of natural beauty as we approach the Oregon coast. Sunday afternoon calls for a day off of the bikes, and on our feet in Crater Lake National Park. We’ll drive to the park and stay in a campsite close to the lake that night. After spending Monday morning exploring the park, we’ll pack up our camping gear and head back to Bend. Tuesday morning we’ll start the last stretch. Oregon’s enchanting trees will line our path to Eugene. Thursday night we’ll stay in Mapleton for an easy and emotional last ride into Florence, Oregon the following day.  On Friday the group will gather on Heceta Beach for our closing ceremony and farewells. Enjoy our last off day in Florence together, then the van and trailer will depart for Eugene Airport on Sunday morning. 

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