by Jennifer Wells

For this week, today was the best day for a bike ride. We had partly cloudy to sunny weather, perfect temperatures, smooth shoulders with little to no traffic, birds, solar wind farms, and smooth pedaling. No rain, no high winds, and no crazy highways to deal with today.

All riders arrived in Forest City, Iowa safely. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride today!

Hi, my name is Bob Hibma. I grew up on an Iowa farm and I am a retired corn and soybean farmer. I was 60 when I started bike riding, and over the last 16 years I've been on week long organized rides in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska, and have ridden several thousand miles on our Iowa county blacktops.

I heard about Fuller Center from my daughter Alice, who is riding Chicago to Astoria, Oregon, and I am joining the segment to Sioux Falls. 

Hi, my name is Lindsey Giles from Albany, GA. Today’s ride was from Evansville, WI to Lancaster, WI which turned out to be a grueling, windy 81 miles if one did not miss a turn as I did. However, for me marks 17 biking days, 3 off days, and 5 build days, equaling 25 days of being on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure and becoming a part of this truly amazing organization both physically and emotionally challenging but so worth it!! 

Becoming a part of the adventure became more a reality versus a dream approximately one year ago after my father passed. On this journey I am wearing his sunglasses, which leaves me feeling not only is he with me in my heart but also is sharing the journey with me through the now shared lens of our sunglasses. For those reading the blogs and following the bike adventure, I encourage you to take part in this amazing journey because it will affect you and change your overall outlook of life.

Going 92 miles allows for many options for today's title. My name is Leah Spurlin, originally from Alabama but I currently live in Kentucky. I signed up for this ride for a chance to bike across the country and do some type of ministry. Back in Kentucky I find myself too busy to do a lot of things, especially volunteering my time to serve others. After the first build day in Atlantic City I caught the bug. The more I serve the more my heart yearns to do more. The hard thing is having to leave and pedal on to the next place. Wishing I could help and do even more.

My name is Lauryn Kostopoulos and I am one of the youngest riders here. My friend Michael Lamorgese and I are both 19 years old and decided to embark on the journey of our lifetime this summer. We met at school, Sacred Heart University, and were texting over our Christmas break and jokingly said we wanted to bike across the country. We went searching on the internet to try to find a good organization to go with and we came across the Fuller Center For Housing Bicycle Adventure. We did some reading into it and automatically fell in love with it; right then and there we knew this was the one and we stopped looking for any others.