Pedaling toward a better world
Published 11:00 am Monday, July 31, 2017
Cyclists riding over 3,600 miles cross-country under banner of affordable housing
AMERICUS — Dozens of service-oriented cyclists will take to the highways and byways of the United States this summer, riding over 3,600 miles with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, coast-to-coast from San Francisco, Calif., (June 2) to Savannah, Ga., (Aug. 5). The group will arrive in Americus this weekend where they will stay at First Presbyterian Church in Americus and working on local homes Monday and Tuesday.
From the Golden Gate Bridge, the group of more than 30 cyclists headed east to summit the Sierra Nevadas, soak in the scenery at Lake Tahoe, pedal across the Great Basin to Salt Lake City, climb up and over the Rocky Mountains, and wind southward to Santa Fe, before continuing on a southern tier route to the Atlantic via Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Riders will complete an average of 75 miles per day, and will enjoy fully-supported group rest stops every 20 miles.
Now in its 10th year, the Bike Adventure is a ministry of The Fuller Center for Housing — a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Americus, which is dedicated to building and renovating homes in partnership with those in need. The Fuller Center was launched in 2005, by Millard and Linda Fuller, who co-founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Today, the Fuller Center continues the Fullers’ vision for a grassroots, decentralized, and faith-based movement working to eliminate poverty housing worldwide.
The Bike Adventure has raised over $1.6 million in support of the Fuller Center since its founding in 2008.
All Bike Adventure riders will raise approximately $1 per mile, and will work alongside local Fuller Center Covenant Partners and homeowners at six build sites along the route, one being in Americus. In every small town and big city along the way, the riders will proudly share and bear testament to the mission of the Fuller Center.
To learn more about the Fuller Center Bike Adventure, to register, or to donate to the cause, navigate to www.fullercenterbikeadventure.org.