BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- More than 40 cyclists from around the country made a stop in the Queen City Wednesday.
The riders are part of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. The Fuller Center is a not-for-profit that builds affordable housing for the less fortunate.
The 10-week trip began June 6 in Oceanside, Calif., and will wrap up in Portland, Maine.
“Everyone’s who’s ridden has raised money to be able to come and ride with us. It’s about a dollar per mile,” said trip manager Lydia Huelskamp.
And some riders have far surpassed that. One woman on the trip raised more than $7,000 for the organization.
The riders range in age from 15 to 73-years-old, and come from all over the country.
Many begin as strangers, but build friendships along the way. Mark Majors has been doing the trip for a few years.
“This thing popped up online one day, and I’d never heard of the Fuller Center before, so I signed up and I just started biking across the country because it was a personal goal of mine,” he told News 4.
But it quickly became much more than that. He’s now committed to the Fuller Center’s mission, and helps recruit new riders.
“If you get off the TV and into the real world of America you see a beautiful country that’s full of wonderful generous people,” he said.
And the group depends on other people’s generosity to get by.
“After being on the road for 75 miles or whatever that mileage is, we’re tired. And it’s nice for people to care about us too. So it makes it easy to back out there again,” said rider Dody O’Dell.
Wednesday night the North Buffalo Community Church gave the group a place to stay.
“When we get an opportunity to meet different people and to interact, our people benefit, those who are the recipient benefit. It’s like this has become a pattern, and everyone likes to help,” said Pastor William Smith.
The next stop for the riders is Niagara Falls.
If you’re interested in donating, click here: http://www.fullercenter.org/