I made it to Nags Head, NC on Friday and everything since then is kind of a blur. We had lots of fun orientation safety presentations and group building exercises on Fri and Sat. We put our bikes together, did some bike drills, and a 20 mile group ride to a lighthouse on Sat to get us used to riding together.
Then Sunday we woke up at 530 to get things packed and ready nice and early for our first ride - 66ish miles to Swan Quarter. We started out with a great wheel dipping ceremony on the beach (where we saw dolphins!) and headed over a 5 mile bridge into the NC swamplands. We rode next to a swamp pretty much the whole way which wasn’t bad, there was a beautiful sky and a lot of trees and farms, but there were so many mosquitos. Everyone came back with quite a few bites. It was a pretty tough first ride with strong head winds most of the way but everyone made it with just a couple scratches and way too many flat tires (poor Carolyn).
We just finished our day 2 ride which was only 31 miles to Belhaven. It was a great! Beautiful weather besides about a 30 second hard rain. Now I’m laying in a hammock in front of the ocean while we wait for our laundry. Some of the families from the church that is hosting us are shuttling us to their houses to shower and do laundry. My group definitely got the nicest woman with the most beautiful house on the ocean.
It is so fun getting to know everyone on my trip. They are all such awesome and fun people. This is definitely going to be one of the best adventures of my life.
It’s finally here! My bag is packed, my gear is bought, my bike is shipped, my fundraising goal is reached! (THANKS EVERYONE), my presentation is ready, my sweat equity is done, my forms are uploaded.. I think I’m ready to go!
My flight leaves from Buffalo tomorrow at 6am. I’ll be flying into Norfolk, VA where one of my awesome fellow riders is picking me up and bringing me the last hour and half to Nags Head, NC where we will begin orientation. We will spend the day Friday and Saturday putting our bikes together, going over safety stuff and trip details, and getting to know each other. There will also be the famous “wheel-dipping” ceremony in the Atlantic Ocean before we had off. Then Sunday is our official first day of biking. We will be riding 66 miles from Swanquarter, NC to Belhaven, NC.
HERE WE GO :)
The best cake I ever did see. Thanks to my super cool coworkers Kristin and Andy.
Just had the most awesome time today helping to fix up a house in Dorchester with a group of other volunteers for Rebuilding Together Boston. Didn’t know it was possible, but, now I am even more excited for my summer with Bike & Build!
After spending orientation on the scenic Outer Banks, the trip will head west through Charlotte, Winston Salem, and Ashville, completing several build days before hitting the hills of Tennessee. After a day off in Graceland, riders will traverse the plains of Oklahoma and wheat fields of Kansas. 2012 will see Bike & Build complete an entire house with Pikes Peak Habitat in Colorado Springs, CO. The NC2SD route will be the first to work on the project, laying the foundation of the house before the South Carolina to Santa Cruz trip comes in a week later to finish the framing, roofing, and interior spaces. After enjoying the vistas of the southern Rockies, riders will continue west into the deserts of Arizona before concluding their trip in the San Diego sunshine.
I am SO extremely thankful for all the support everyone has been giving me as I prepare for this trip! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I am very close to reaching my fundraising goal! And I have so many people to thank for that. You all have more than impressed me with your giving. It is beyond inspiring to see so many people give so much to this cause!
I reallly want to thank Leah Ziwich, Lauren Johnston, Michele Weider, Hiro Inuzuka, Ryan Fernandes, Greg Whitcher, Katie Beltrani, and the Northeastern Women’s Lacrosse Team for going way over the top to make the fundraisers possible! You are all super awesome.
Also, a special thanks to Superb Bicycle, Panera Bread, Symphony 8, Fajitas & ‘Ritas, Dillons, Cactus Club, McGreevys, Pour House, and Lir!
Only one month left before I start this cross-country cycling adventure! Time is flying, but I am starting to feel like I’m closer to being ready. I’m almost done buying all the bike gear I will need on the road, I have a bike fitting scheduled for next week, I just finished a great 3 hour training ride, and I signed up to volunteer for 2 different build days. Now I just need to reach my fundraising goal. Less than $1000 left to raise now! If you have been thinking about donating but haven’t had the chance yet, now is the time. Please spread the word to anyone else you think may be interested in donating!
A new study by the Center for Housing Policy states that almost a quarter of working households in the US are spending more than 50% of their income to cover their housing costs. Affordable housing is commonly defined as spending less than 30% on housing expenses.
The study continues to report that overall from 2008-2010, housing affordability has continued to decrease, despite the reduction in housing prices. This is due to the falling incomes for both renters and owners, as well as, the increase in rental costs driven by this housing cost burden.
First real ride with my clipless pedals! Don’t worry, I didn’t skip the token crash at a stop light..while barely moving..surrounded by people..struggling to get up because your feet are still clipped in.