Seattle to D.C.

There is nothing quite like the challenge and adventure of crossing this beautiful country by bike, which is why we are very excited to once again be hosting a cross-country ride! The adventure will begin in Seattle, Washington on the beautiful Puget Sound. From there we will venture east and continue pedaling through 15 states before reaching our nation’s capital. Over the course of 3,500 miles we’ll bike through 15 states and the District of Columbia at an average of 73 miles per day. Along the route, riders will have the opportunity to volunteer on 6 Fuller Center housing projects.  It’s going to be an incredible ride — an adventure you don’t want to miss!

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9 Weeks to Choose From!

Can’t join us for the full 9 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.

The opening segment for S2DC 2019 is a beautiful one exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Northwest. Along this portion of the ride we tackle our first mountain pass and transition to the rural panorama of western Washington before having the opportunity to live out our mission on a Fuller Center Covenant Partner Build Days.

Our adventure will begin in Seattle, Washington on the Puget sound. Sunday is short 20 mile trip north to circumnavigate Lake Washington, landing us in the city of Bothell, WA. The population thins out as we head east on Bike Day 2 and our third place to stay will be in the tiny town of Skykomish, population 198. Bike Day 3 features a climb up and over Stevens Pass (4062 ft) in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with scenery galore. On the backside of the climb day we get dangerously close to a century on the way to Wilbur, WA. From Wilbur, we coast along the beautifully rural U.S. Route 2 into Spokane. On Friday, we hop our first state border into Idaho, and ride a portion of the Coeur d’Alene Trail into the site of our first build and rest days.

This segment is going to be pure gold…maybe even literally. After departing from the city of Kellogg, ID, we head to Superior, MT, the site of one of the largest gold rushes in US history. The 1870’s gold rush helped settle the West but there is no time to settle on S2DC 2019 because the next morning we are on to Missoula, steadily gaining altitude through the Lolo National Forest.

After two days of scenic Montana mountains, you might be looking for saddle that doesn’t wear you out. Look no further than Missoula’s world famous carousel that will “make you feel young again” according to one TripAdvisor reviewer. Keep the party going with a free ice cream at Adventure Cycling Association headquarters and get your Polaroid picture put up on the wall of fame for riding all over the country on a couple of skinny wheels. We continue to strike it rich on this awesome segment as we drop south to Philipsburg where you can pan for Montana sapphires in a number of local shops. We will snake our way through Anaconda, arriving Thursday night in Whitehall. Friday-Funday brings us to Ennis as we pass the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. The short mileage sets up well for a mid-ride cave tour leaving only 35 miles between you and a nap after the excursion.

Using this lovely state park as a warm-up, we venture on to the big leagues of Yellowstone. The ride into West Yellowstone will have us break the 7000 ft barrier for the first time and land us at our weekend resting place. This segment’s off-day lends you the playground of Yellowstone National Park to explore. You don’t want to miss this segment!

Segment three is guaranteed to have tailwinds and downhills the whole way. Well, actually, the wind is tentatively guaranteed, but this is the first segment of losing overall altitude!

Join us in West Yellowstone, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, as we venture south and back into the lovely state of Idaho. We visit “America’s Family Community” in Rexburg, ID and continue on to the state’s fifth largest city in Pocatello. On Wednesday we cross into our fourth state during a long ride to Logan. Our first full day in Utah starts off with a 1,500 foot speed bump called Babbit Shanty Hill before flattening out all the way into Salt Lake City. Friday is an off-day giving you the chance to explore the most populated city in Utah, birthplace of Donald Duck (or at least his voice) and the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Segment 4 takes us into our 5th and 6th states on our cross-country trek. We start off in Salt Lake City and pass through Park City, UT, home of some of the West’s finest ski resorts, before ending in Heber City. Since we will spend our ‘day of rest’ going 98 miles the next day, take advantage of some R&R Saturday in the 95° crater hot spring five miles from downtown Heber City, mmmmm. As mentioned, Sunday we pass Strawberry Reservoir, Utah’s most popular fishery, on our way to Roosevelt and a ’round-up’ century.

For the Fourth of July, we will ride 30 miles to the town of Vernal, UT where we will participate in the town’s annual parade. When the festivities simmer down, we will continue through the pre-historic landscape into Dinosaur, CO. After rousing celebrations of our nation’s independence, this Bike Adventure heads to Craig where we find another great Fuller Center Covenant Partner. Build-day 2 gives us a chance to rest our legs by swinging hammers before our first official century ride.

Just like Thoreau’s experience at Walden Pond, July 7th will offer you plenty of time to think about life on the way up and over Rabbit Ears Pass on to Walden, CO (101 miles). If retirement is the conclusion your pondering settles on, you’re in luck! Our next stop in Segment 4 is Laramie, WY, named one of the best cities to retire in by Money Magazine in 2011. Along with great scenery and low taxes, Laramie brings us into our 6th state, Wyoming! Now in Wyoming, we march straight to the state capital of Cheyenne where we find ourselves at the end of a long week of biking and a well-deserved off-day.

We put our big boy/girl biking shorts on Monday as we find our longest ride of the trip. The hefty haul brings us down a very long and gradual descent, and over the border into the Cornhusker State. Our first full day in Nebraska brings us to the fun to say Ogallala. This ‘Cowboy Capitol’ is a former Pony Express stop, and we saddle up Wednesday following in the hoovesteps of the historic mail marchers, all the way to the city of Gothenburg (not the Swedish one).

Our journey to Kearney is a lovely gradual decent, and the good times keep on rolling downhill to York. The plummet towards sea level continues into Lincoln, Nebraska’s capital. Lincoln boasts the second tallest state capital building in the U.S., and takes us to the end of our second longest segment for S2DC 2019. Be sure to join us for some cornhuskin’ good times, middle America hospitality, and gravity-fed riding conditions (the segment drops 5000 ft of elevation)!

Segment 6 is bye-bye Nebraska, hello states that begin with ‘I’! Mean temperatures are expected in the mid-70’s so riders can anticipate very comfortable pedaling as we trek east to our third build day in Shenandoah, IA. This will be the Bike Adventure’s second visit to Shenandoah, but first chance to build in this community!

Crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois, our 9th state on the cross country tour, we will encounter another tremendous host in Peoria. We will settle into an off-day on Sunday ahead of the build-day that kicks off Segment 7. Join us for what is sure to be a rewarding week!

Segment 7 has build-days for book ends with a few wonderful Midwest Fuller Center Covenant Partners. After three straight weeks of 435+ miles, we dial back the cycling and turn up the building!

The week starts by building with the Veteran-focused Illinois Valley Fuller Center in Peoria, IL. Tuesday morning we mount up and out to Bloomington, IL. Yes, for all you insurance fanatics out there, this is the headquarters of State Farm!

Equally exciting, we might get a glimpse of the most normal people in America, those who occupy the adjacent Normal, IL.  If you survive all that stimulation, we continue on to Paxton, home of champion monster truck driver Tom Meents! This championship quality ride continues, bridging the Illinois/Indiana border on the way to West Lafayette, home of multiple world champion bridge player Eric Rodwell. West Lafayette is also the most culturally diverse city in the Midwest, and the location to Purdue University.

Friday morning riders will depart for the Indiana state capital, and the wonderful Central Indiana Fuller Center covenant partner. There awaits another chance to live out the mission of the Fuller Center for Housing during our 5th build.

Upon leaving Indy, we will traverse the flat lands of eastern Indiana to the doorstep of Ohio in Richmond, IN. We cross the border Tuesday morning, and our wheels will hum right into Springfield, OH, named an “All-American City” in 2004. Here we meet the Clark County Fuller Center Covenant Partner, and our 6th Build Day of the trip. After getting our hands dirty and earning our dinners, we will rest up for the back-to-back 90+ ride days into Cadiz, OH.

Saturday we roll into the Steel City, and an opportunity to rest up ahead of our final week. Join us for some fun and flat rides with plenty of time in between to build homes and bonds with those around us!

The first few days of Segment 9 will feature the Eastern Continental Divide and the Mason Dixon Line along the Great Allegheny Passage. We will roll downhill from the Big Savage Tunnel into Cumberland, MD.  Although their motto is “Come for a visit, stay for life!”, we will be heading out the next morning to tackle two days of less miles with more hills into Leesburg, VA. 

Friday morning we take our victory roll into the District of Colombia. Forecasts predict a 100% chance of emotions as we reach our much-sought-after destination. We will ride 40 miles on waves of exhilaration and excitement as we culminate 3,400 miles and a wonderful summer of riding. The biking may be done for a while, but the mission of the Fuller Center never is. Heartfelt goodbyes Saturday as we bring another fantastic summer’s worth of Bike Adventures to a close.

 

The opening segment for S2DC 2019 is a beautiful one exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Northwest. Along this portion of the ride we tackle our first mountain pass and transition to the rural panorama of western Washington before having the opportunity to live out our mission on a Fuller Center Covenant Partner Build Days.

Our adventure will begin in Seattle, Washington on the Puget sound. Sunday is short 20 mile trip north to circumnavigate Lake Washington, landing us in the city of Bothell, WA. The population thins out as we head east on Bike Day 2 and our third place to stay will be in the tiny town of Skykomish, population 198. Bike Day 3 features a climb up and over Stevens Pass (4062 ft) in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with scenery galore. On the backside of the climb day we get dangerously close to a century on the way to Wilbur, WA. From Wilbur, we coast along the beautifully rural U.S. Route 2 into Spokane. On Friday, we hop our first state border into Idaho, and ride a portion of the Coeur d’Alene Trail into the site of our first build and rest days.

 

This segment is going to be pure gold…maybe even literally. After departing from the city of Kellogg, ID, we head to Superior, MT, the site of one of the largest gold rushes in US history. The 1870’s gold rush helped settle the West but there is no time to settle on S2DC 2019 because the next morning we are on to Missoula, steadily gaining altitude through the Lolo National Forest.

After two days of scenic Montana mountains, you might be looking for saddle that doesn’t wear you out. Look no further than Missoula’s world famous carousel that will “make you feel young again” according to one TripAdvisor reviewer. Keep the party going with a free ice cream at Adventure Cycling Association headquarters and get your Polaroid picture put up on the wall of fame for riding all over the country on a couple of skinny wheels. We continue to strike it rich on this awesome segment as we drop south to Philipsburg where you can pan for Montana sapphires in a number of local shops. We will snake our way through Anaconda, arriving Thursday night in Whitehall. Friday-Funday brings us to Ennis as we pass the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. The short mileage sets up well for a mid-ride cave tour leaving only 35 miles between you and a nap after the excursion.

Using this lovely state park as a warm-up, we venture on to the big leagues of Yellowstone. The ride into West Yellowstone will have us break the 7000 ft barrier for the first time and land us at our weekend resting place. This segment’s off-day lends you the playground of Yellowstone National Park to explore. You don’t want to miss this segment!

 

Segment three is guaranteed to have tailwinds and downhills the whole way. Well, actually, the wind is tentatively guaranteed, but this is the first segment of losing overall altitude!

Join us in West Yellowstone, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, as we venture south and back into the lovely state of Idaho. We visit “America’s Family Community” in Rexburg, ID and continue on to the state’s fifth largest city in Pocatello. On Wednesday we cross into our fourth state during a long ride to Logan. Our first full day in Utah starts off with a 1,500 foot speed bump called Babbit Shanty Hill before flattening out all the way into Salt Lake City. Friday is an off-day giving you the chance to explore the most populated city in Utah, birthplace of Donald Duck (or at least his voice) and the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

 

Segment 4 takes us into our 5th and 6th states on our cross-country trek. We start off in Salt Lake City and pass through Park City, UT, home of some of the West’s finest ski resorts, before ending in Heber City. Since we will spend our ‘day of rest’ going 98 miles the next day, take advantage of some R&R Saturday in the 95° crater hot spring five miles from downtown Heber City, mmmmm. As mentioned, Sunday we pass Strawberry Reservoir, Utah’s most popular fishery, on our way to Roosevelt and a ’round-up’ century.

For the Fourth of July, we will ride 30 miles to the town of Vernal, UT where we will participate in the town’s annual parade. When the festivities simmer down, we will continue through the pre-historic landscape into Dinosaur, CO. After rousing celebrations of our nation’s independence, this Bike Adventure heads to Craig where we find another great Fuller Center Covenant Partner. Build-day 2 gives us a chance to rest our legs by swinging hammers before our first official century ride.

Just like Thoreau’s experience at Walden Pond, July 7th will offer you plenty of time to think about life on the way up and over Rabbit Ears Pass on to Walden, CO (101 miles). If retirement is the conclusion your pondering settles on, you’re in luck! Our next stop in Segment 4 is Laramie, WY, named one of the best cities to retire in by Money Magazine in 2011. Along with great scenery and low taxes, Laramie brings us into our 6th state, Wyoming! Now in Wyoming, we march straight to the state capital of Cheyenne where we find ourselves at the end of a long week of biking and a well-deserved off-day.

 

We put our big boy/girl biking shorts on Monday as we find our longest ride of the trip. The hefty haul brings us down a very long and gradual descent, and over the border into the Cornhusker State. Our first full day in Nebraska brings us to the fun to say Ogallala. This ‘Cowboy Capitol’ is a former Pony Express stop, and we saddle up Wednesday following in the hoovesteps of the historic mail marchers, all the way to the city of Gothenburg (not the Swedish one).

Our journey to Kearney is a lovely gradual decent, and the good times keep on rolling downhill to York. The plummet towards sea level continues into Lincoln, Nebraska’s capital. Lincoln boasts the second tallest state capital building in the U.S., and takes us to the end of our second longest segment for S2DC 2019. Be sure to join us for some cornhuskin’ good times, middle America hospitality, and gravity-fed riding conditions (the segment drops 5000 ft of elevation)!

 
 

Segment 7 has build days for book ends with a few wonderful midwest Fuller Center Covenant Partners. After three straight weeks of 435+ miles, we dial back the cycling and turn up the building!

The week starts by building with the Veteran-focused Illinois Valley Fuller Center in Peoria, IL. Tuesday morning we mount up and out to Bloomington, IL. Yes, for all you insurance fanatics out there, this is the headquarters of State Farm!

Equally exciting, we might get a glimpse of the most normal people in America, those who occupy the adjacent Normal, IL.  If you survive all that stimulation, we continue on to Paxton, home of champion monster truck driver Tom Meents! This championship quality ride continues, bridging the Illinois/Indiana border on the way to West Lafayette, home of multiple world champion bridge player Eric Rodwell. West Lafayette is also the most culturally diverse city in the midwest, and the location to Purdue University.

Friday morning riders will depart for the Indiana state capital, and the wonderful Central Indiana Fuller Center covenant partner. There awaits another chance to live out the mission of the Fuller Center for Housing during our 5th build.

 

Upon leaving Indy, we will traverse the flat lands of eastern Indiana to the doorstep of Ohio in Richmond, IN. We cross the border Tuesday morning, and our wheels will hum right into Springfield, OH, named an “All-American City” in 2004. Here we meet the Clark County Fuller Center Covenant Partner, and our 6th Build Day of the trip. After getting our hands dirty and earning our dinners, we will rest up for the back-to-back 90+ ride days into Cadiz, OH.

Saturday we roll into the Steel City, and an opportunity to rest up ahead of our final week. Join us for some fun and flat rides with plenty of time in between to build homes and bonds with those around us!

 

The first few days of Segment 9 will feature the Eastern Continental Divide and the Mason Dixon Line along the Great Allegheny Passage. We will roll downhill from the Big Savage Tunnel into Cumberland, MD.  Although their motto is “Come for a visit, stay for life!”, we will be heading out the next morning to tackle two days of less miles with more hills into Leesburg, VA. 

Friday morning we take our victory roll into the District of Colombia. Forecasts predict a 100% chance of emotions as we reach our much-sought-after destination. We will ride 40 miles on waves of exhilaration and excitement as we culminate 3,400 miles and a wonderful summer of riding. The biking may be done for a while, but the mission of the Fuller Center never is. Heartfelt goodbyes Saturday as we bring another fantastic summer’s worth of Bike Adventures to a close.

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