Above is the team on the morning of Friday, June 16. The team rode 8 miles from the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene to the home of the Warnken family for an impromptu breakfast. This family became acquainted with Korte Zickefoose and his family while they were all in Korea. Truly is a small Nazarene world! Not only was this breakfast a special connection with some incredible “trail angels,” but it also gave us a chance to celebrate 1,000 miles the riders have traveled! What an accomplishment!
Weeks 1-3 in Review
The adventure started on May 28th in Astoria, Oregon and after one week the crew had arrived in the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. Over the one week of travel, the bikers 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 dozens of exciting connections made along the way as the riders pedal from city to city.
After riding over 400 miles and cumulatively having climbed over 12,000 feet with summits of nearly 5,000 feet, the riders were in great spirits. The aches and pains of the initial days of riding had been purged from the team’s bodies as they really hit it hard in week 2. Going from Prineville, OR through the beautiful terrain of central Oregon proved to be both a treat and a challenge.Thursday featured one of the longest days thus far, an 81 mile trek from John Day to Baker City, a day that included three significant passes!
By the weekend, the team had pedaled into McCall, Idaho and stayed two days there with the local Church of the Nazarene, hosting two services and enjoying a much needed two days of rest. Week two saw an elevation gain of 16,400 and a total loss of 15,500… what goes up, must come down!
Week three welcomed in the beautiful state of Montana with big skies and even bigger mountains! With a total elevation gain of over 17,000 and an elevation loss of 14,500, the team is climbing higher and higher, reaching the continental divide at Chief Joseph’s Pass, rising 7,241 feet! They closed out the week in Dillon, Montana with an 80-mile day that saw the fastest times to date with the riders arriving at the campground between 5-6 hours, including a lunch stop! The riders are getting stronger and faster and the unity of the team grows with each revolution of the pedal!
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!
Watch this video that we share at the churches we visit, with footage from our trip thus far!
Churches Visited So Far:
- 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
- John Day Church of the Nazarene
- Baker City Church of the Nazarene
- New Bridge Church of the Nazarene
- McCall Church of the Nazarene
- Grangeville Church of the Nazarene
- Missoula First Church of the Nazarene
- Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene