This summer, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel along the East Coast with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure.
The Fuller Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to ending poverty housing worldwide. This is made possible with the help of volunteers, year-round fundraising, and partnerships with churches, schools, businesses and other organizations.
The bike trips are a major source of funding for the Fuller Center. They plan out yearly rides across the country, along the east and west coast, as well as a few smaller trips throughout the year. All participants must pay a registration fee, and are expected to meet a personal fundraising goal before the ride.
I was lucky enough to intern with this year’s East Coast trip. I was responsible for taking photos, managing social media, and helping out on the support team.
The riders biked 70 miles a day on average, from one rest stop to the next. We slept in churches and school gymnasiums all along the way. Occasionally we took rest days, as well as “build days”.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the riders:
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This next set of photos is from our build day in Tabernacle, NJ. We helped an organization called UrbanPromise, an after school program with operations all over the globe.
And last but not least, here are some random photos I captured along the way:
Unfortunately, due to multiple health problems, my time with the Fuller Center was cut short. I ended up traveling for only two out of the five weeks. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I know I made the right choice coming home early. Regardless, I had a blast passing through cities I’ve never heard of, alongside some of the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met.