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By Ben Coughenour

Today we spent our last rest day together in Spokane, WA.  We now stand with the final segment of this long and arduous but incredible journey immediately ahead of us, and soon enough we will find ourselves at our long-awaited destination in Vancouver, BC.  We’ll have some new faces joining us for the last part of the adventure, and we’ll be saying goodbye to others.  Many of us got together and brought Sue Pratt several bouquets of flowers in the hopes that they might express how strongly we all will miss her when she leaves our group after tomorrow’s ride.  I’ve begun to realize for the first time how much I will miss this family I’ve become a part of, that like all things this bicycle adventure must come to an end, that this next week will surely come to pass far too quickly and could never truly last long enough.  I know I’ll enjoy it while it lasts, as I’ve enjoyed every mile and every minute thus far.

Most of us attended our host church’s service this morning, and then we all enjoyed a wonderful potluck lunch and gave a presentation afterwards.  After the presentation we each took advantage of the free day in a variety of ways.  A lot of the group went to REI before going to shower, while I went with Alex, Nicole, and Midas to a semi-professional baseball game and cheered on the Spokane Indians and watched their dancing mascot, Doris the Spokanisaurus (and no, I’m not making that up). 


 

Afterwards we went back to the church and relaxed with the rest of the group.  The hosts here in Spokane have been wonderful, as have so many of the hosts we’ve met along the way.  Once again I’ve been impressed by the generosity we’ve come across, without which this trip would be nearly impossible.

By Aaron Alaman

Greetings Blog Followers! This is your friendly segment rider Aaron bringing you today's jaw dropping, super awesome update for the 2013 Bike Adventure!
 
It feels great to be back in action with the Fuller Center family for another Bike Adventure and I do stress the word, family. It was a bit of a homecoming to see familiar faces and meeting a lot more. It's nice to connect with people who have the similar vision and fire you up. For those not in the know, I did the 2010 and 2011 Bike Adventure so this is my first time being just a segment rider.


 
I strategically picked the last week to catch the last build day of this adventure but little did I know, I would also catch a nice 8 mile uphill first day bike ride to start my morning. Thankfully I was kept company with the Mighty Mastermind Melissa and my fellow whole way 2010 rider Brother Brett so the hour plus of climbing flew by. We also departed with Jim who had hosted one of the best stops I have been a part of with pizza, ice cream and drinks. Thanks again Jim!
 

By Dottie Brown

My life has been a journey with a varied assortment of rich experiences, and cultural adventures. As I have walked my chosen path, cancer has always been there, like an unwanted companion, forever there, continually spewing its undeniable pain and destruction. Its presence has eaten away at my inner soul, and robbed me of moments of joy and laughter.

The first time I become acquainted with this vile foe, I was a young teenager.  My father, an Oregon farmer, had been a strong, dominant man able to tackle the continuous demands of a farm.   Through my youthful eyes I watched this same man atrophy to a mere skeleton.    Colon cancer ravenously devoured him.   I remember accompanying him to doctor visits and missing the many festivities of my senior year.  He arduously fought to preserve his life, but unfortunately he lost the final battle. Shortly, after my high school graduation my father died painfully in our home.  That solitary event acted as a catalyst for me. My decisions about health and how I treated my body had been forever altered.

Little did I know at the time that this self-commitment would turn into more than a fight to reclaim my health but a commitment to give hope to women who have had mastectomies, and for those who have endured cancer.

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

I love it when a week ends on a good note. But that doesn't quite sum up this week. This week began AND ended on good notes — with some good notes in between.

This week began with the Mercer University women's basketball team touching down in Ghana on our first-ever Global Builders trip to the country. This week, they're just playing basketball, but they'll spend the next two weeks building houses with us, and I'll be there for the final week to capture some of that action and tour our operations and a few sights there. This all helps kick off our “40 Years in Africa” campaign. Click here to learn more about it.

And it ended with the signing of a new covenant partner in North Georgia — the Lanier Fuller Center for Housing — and the imminent signing of our very first covenant partner in Canada. You can learn more about both of these next week at FullerCenter.org. And please go there and check out the news feed, which is so active it's hot to the touch.

This week we also reported a record year for U.S. Builder teams, which you can learn about by clicking here. That follows on the heels of another record year for the Global Builders. And we're getting a lot of interest from people wanting to join our ministry as volunteers, donors and especially covenant partners.

All this growth, though, is not a result of thinking ahead. Actually, I think it's a result of thinking back to the past. When we say we are staying true to the roots Millard Fuller and Clarence Jordan planted more than 40 years ago, it's not empty rhetoric. Those roots are strong, and we see no need to abandon them.

By Carol Hawkins

Today was our last build day. We were actually working on 3 different sites. Two wheelchair ramps were built and my team helped clean and organize a local food bank. As I was working at the food bank I had a few conversations with volunteers about food systems and the importance of food banks in the system.