Change Makers Bike Ride 2017
Thank you for being a "Change Maker" in addressing hunger and poverty. Friday and Saturday June 23rd and 24th 8 cyclists biked part or all of the 68 miles from Sharon, ND to Hillsboro, ND. This Mayville Conference event of the EaND Syond of the ELCA raised awareness of the issues of hunger and poverty in our world and locally while raising funds for ELCA World Hunger. Part of the challenge this year was to ride 500 miles total through each of the 8 conferences in the synod. This two-day ride for Mayville Conference was about 34 miles each day and we did it!
Event in review
Our route started at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharon, Friday June 23rd. This day's ride took us to Portland, ND with stops at: Finley Lutheran Church, Bang Lutheran Church, and Bruflat Lutheran Church. The NW wind was at our back most of the way and was nice and cool for biking. Our Steele County Deputy escort kept us safe and added to conversations. On Saturday June 24th, we started at Mayville Lutheran Church, gave away a helmet for those who brought some canned food, had a bike blessing, and were part of the SummerFest parade! Handing out ELCA World Hunger stickers was a hit during the parade. It was a lot of fun to carry the banner with the commemorative logo that traveled with us to each stop and that everyone signed. Then we rode north and east to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Buxton and then south to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, ND to celebrate reaching the goal! Starting out going north from Mayville was intense as the NW wind was in our face. We averaged closer to 5 mph those 8 miles and then made the turn toward Buxton and picked it up to 15 mph or so. Remarkable the difference the wind makes. We also rode through a few sprinkles of rain before reaching Hillsboro. Thanks again to all who made this event possible. Thank you for your participation, prayers, and pans of bars! It was encouraging to see supporters at the host congregations and realize that together we did more than we thought we could do exceeding our goals! Praise God!