The adventure started on May 28th in Astoria, Oregon and after one week the crew has arrived to the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. Over the one week of travel, the bikers have traveled over 400 miles and to eight different churches hosting worship services and spreading the word about the Pedal to Plant project. There have been several exciting connections made along the way as the riders pedal from city to city.
As the group of sixteen pedal and drive across the U.S. it’s drawn quite a bit of attention. How couldn’t it?! There have been lots of opportunities even outside of the church services to share about what Pedal to Plant is accomplishing.
One of the first people that the bikers ran into was a man named Pat early on in the trek through Oregon in Monmouth. He was a cyclist himself and offered the bikers a ton of helpful advice and filled their water bottles before they set back to pedaling on the road.
At the end of this past week, the bikers happened upon a bike shop in Prineville, Oregon, Good Bike Co. LLC. Being right on the Trans American trail, it’s a popular and greatly needed stop along the bike trail offering support and advice to weary bikers pushing through the small town. The Pedal to Plant bikers were so blessed by the “trail angels”. They helped fix Mike Roskam’s cat eye (a bike computer that measures distance, speed, etc.).
After riding over 400 miles and accumulatively having climbed over 8,000 feet, the riders are in great spirits. The aches and pains of the initial days of riding have been purged from the team’s bodies as they really hit it hard this week. From here, trekking across the last bit of Oregon, and then a thin strip of Idaho into Montana, the hills and climbs shouldn’t be such a huge challenge.
By this weekend, the team will pedal into McCall, Idaho and stay two days there with the local Church of the Nazarene. Keep following our riders on our social medias, either on Instagram (@PedaltoPlant) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/PedaltoPlant)!
An update on progress of monies raised coming soon!
- Hilltop Church of Astoria, Oregon
- Liberty Bible of Barberton, Washington
- Tillamook Church of the Nazarene
- Lincoln City Church of the Nazarene
- Church on the Hill of McMinnville, Oregon
- Eugene Church of the Nazarene
- Sisters Church of the Nazarene
- Mission Church of Bend, Oregon