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Fuller Center Bike Adventure wheels through Craig ready to help

Tour will assist in housing projects Wednesday

Members of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure gather in Veterans Memorial Park around one of the location's wood carvings with local Fuller Center organizers and area leaders. The Bike Adventure is a national cycling tour from Washington state to Washington, DC, with participants raising awareness of the nonprofit organization's work with low-income housing and stopping in multiple towns along the way. A second wave of bikers will also be in town starting July 12.

A helping hand from those within the community is encouraging, but working on a project with folks from around the nation is a whole new kind of inspiration.

Moffat County Fuller Center saw about two dozen special guests come to Craig Tuesday afternoon as the cyclists of the Fuller Center Bike AdventureFuller Center Bike Adventure pulled into town. pulled into town.

Fuller Center Bike Adventure pulled into town.

Members of the nonprofit organization — which focuses on providing affordable housing throughout the country — are riding from Seattle to Washington DC this summer, with many stops along the way to do good based on the program's tenets.

The members of the Orange Ride, one of two waves of the program venturing through Northwest Colorado — the Blue Ride will come through July 12 — convened in Veterans Memorial Park for a barbecue and to meet with local leaders, including Mayor Ray Beck and County Commissioner Chuck Grobe.

Ride Leader Connor Ciment, of Americus, Georgia, originally from Connecticut, said he appreciated the warm welcome in Craig, riders just missing a bit of bad weather between their arrival and the gathering in the park.

"The Fuller House has a great mission of giving people who are in substandard housing the opportunity and the resources to bring themselves out of it," he said. "It's really cool how the Bike Adventure can play into it and bring them in with this aspect."

Among multiple pit stops since embarking from Seattle June 10, the tour has had two stops so far known as Build Days, aiding local chapters known as "covenant partners" with housing and general outreach repair projects in Spokane, Washington, and Kellogg, Idaho.

Craig's covenant partner is the third of six along the route that will be aided by the cylists. In addition to members helping with the Yampa Avenue worksite, projects at homes around town will be on the schedule, providing assistance to people who need home repairs they can't provide themselves due to lack of funds or handicap, ranging from painting and cleaning properties to yard work and chopping firewood.

Locations include homes on Taylor Street, Green Street and Union Street, as well as First Congregational Church.

The Blue Ride will also help with any tasks that aren't yet finished when they come through next week.

Neil Folks, with Moffat County Fuller Center, said it takes a special kind of person to devote their time and energy to something such as the Bike Adventure.

"A lot of it is the willingness in what they give back," he said. "They're some great volunteers."

For more information on how to contribute to the Fuller Center's efforts on a local level, call 970-824-7086 or 970-326-8726.

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