It was a bitingly cold and foggy morning on Monday, May 29th, the day the cyclists started their trek across the country for Extreme’s fund-raising campaign, Pedal to Plant. The participants were excited to begin the daunting adventure and felt that to do it correctly, they really ought to start by dipping their rear tires into the Pacific Ocean to then dip their front tires in the Atlantic several months from now. So, in the cool hours of the Oregonian spring morning, the cyclists and crew drudged out onto Seaside, Oregon’s beach and ceremonially dipped their tires into the water. They then carried their bikes back up the beach and pushed off on the pavement eastbound.
On Sunday, the day before their departure, half of the team met at Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene and held a service, while the other half met at the Astoria Church of the Nazarene, Hilltop Church. From there they traveled to Seaside, OR where they officially started the tour. On Monday evening they pedaled into Tillamook, Oregon and held an evening service at the Church of the Nazarene.
Some of the stops on the Trans American trail do not fall in cities with a Nazarene congregation, so to maintain the integrity of the trail and to take advantage of ministering to the Nazarene family, the bikers often are picked up at their goal city for the day and then shuttled to a host church. So, on Tuesday morning, the bikers set off to Boyus, Oregon, where they were picked up and driven to Lincoln City for an evening service at the local Nazarene Church. On Wednesday, they drove back to Boyus, OR and embarked for Corvalis, OR where they were again picked up and taken to McMinnville, OR for an evening service.
As of writing this article on June 1, 2017, the bikers will have pedaled about 220 miles of the Trans American trail, putting their average daily distance at 55 miles. The entire Trans American trail is about 4,200 miles long, so they are 5/100ths of the way there!
Please pray for our bikers as they continue across the country. It is said that for a cross-country bike tour, the first few weeks are the conditioning for the entire tour. Needless to say, our bikers have been sore and very tired after a few days of pedaling. Pray that their bodies will adapt quickly to the intense daily labor of the ride and that strength will increase. Pray also for their safety as they are riding along highways that do have some traffic.
Check back soon with us to follow our pedaling journey across the country! If you’d like more instant updates on where we are, follow up on Facebook and Instagram, where we will be regularly posting our status and locations!