I have been Portland Bound with Bike & Build for 10 days now.
We started in Yorktown, VA and pedaled 80 miles to Mechanicsville, VA.
We rode 61 miles to Mineral, VA.
We continued on 56 miles, through the rain, to Charlottesville, VA.
We helped build a home– stained decks, installed windows, put in stairways, applied paint– with Habitat for Humanity Charlottesville.
We climbed 80 miles along the Blue ridge Parkway to Lexington (the first time in 5 years that an entire group has completed this segment).
We rolled 53 miles to Catawba,VA.
We blew through the 65 miles to Pulaski, VA.
We made the ascent through Jefferson National Forest, at the end of a 60 mile ride, to reach Troutville, VA.
We spent our final day in Virginia pedaling 65 miles to Honaker.
Today we crossed state lines, 56 miles, to Ashcamp, KY.
We have slept in church basements, cabins, tents, and hammocks.
We have eaten well, thanks to generous donations from the communities we have stayed in.
We have splashed in Lakes and rivers.
We have seen breathtaking vistas, splendid fields and marvelous forests.
We have rested at parks, scenic overlooks, and coffee shops.
We have become a family in only 10 days.
Every person in this group and every person I have met along the road has pulled me forward in some way– physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Every day I marvel at the strength, kindness, and generosity of the men and women around me.
And it is just beginning.
This summer, I’ll come too.