Summer of 2013:
On May 18th, A team of 28 men and women set out from Tallahassee, FL to ride the long road all the way to Monterey, CA. We rode for Bike & Build, an amazing non-profit organization led by and run for young people to engage in the affordable housing movement while also accomplishing a major feat. To be part of the team, each of us raised over $4,500, which we preserved throughout our trip by sleeping on church floors and asking for donations of food, so that at the end we could donate over $50,000 to affordable housing groups. As we trekked cross-country, we stopped along the way to offer our hands to work on build sites and held presentations for communities we passed through to spread the word.
The Bike & Build mission maintains a deep appreciation of grassroots participation, and the organization puts a lot of faith in the power of young people to make a tangible change in a real problem. It’s a combination of awareness, action, and even a little selfish desire to cycle the Grand Canyon and Yosemite that gets over a hundred people on the road every summer.
We came together on May 16th, 2013, and ended August 4th, 2013.
The site for the organization can be found here: http://www.bikeandbuild.org/cms/index.php.
The itinerary for our trip can be found here: http://www.bikeandbuild.org/cms/content/view/41/57/.
Applications are available in early November for curious 18 to 25-year-olds to apply to ride. Up to 27-year-olds can apply to be leaders, with or without prior B&B experience.