Charity ride down West Coast hits Florence on Thursday

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure West Coast Team started their 1,640-mile journey in Washington on July 9 and will bike into Florence on July 15.

July 14, 2021 — Cyclists riding from Seattle to San Diego this summer to fight poverty housing will arrive in Florence for an overnight stay on July 15 after a 49-mile ride from Newport.

Over four weeks, Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure riders will experience the spectacular scenery of the West Coast while climbing a cumulative 50,000 feet in elevation along the various hills and mountains.

Their journey started in Seattle on July 9 and heads south through Coos Bay in Oregon, Redwoods State Park in California, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending in San Diego. At most of their stops along the way, the riders are hosted by churches overnight before they resume their journey early the next morning.

Meanwhile, the Bicycle Adventure's 3,750-mile cross-country ride from Florida to Florence will finish its journey in Florence later this summer on August 6. The ride will take place over 10 weeks and begins in Amelia Island, Florida. Cyclists will travel through landmarks such as Wind Cave, Grand Teton and Crater Lake National Parks along their route through the heartland of the country.

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure was founded in 2008 as a way to raise funds for The Fuller Center for Housing’s work of partnering with families in need to help them have simple, decent places to live through home repairs and new home construction through dozens of Fuller Center covenant partners across the United States and in 20 different countries.

In addition to having raised more than $3 million for The Fuller Center’s work through the years, the riders also raise awareness about the nonprofit’s work through speaking engagements, media coverage and simply by talking with people they meet along the way.

The riders come from various locations and all walks of life, and they are always eager to share their stories with media along the way.

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