“There was a boy with skin as dark as the earth & a girl with eyes as blue as the deep & they loved each other so well that people could not tell them apart, for in their hearts, there was no difference between them.”—story people
In the morning sun, I couldn’t tell you I couldn’t tell you so many things About how much I really love you About how much you really mean So far away but it’s so easy to see you When I’m away I want to put my arms around you And I want to know - do you feel the same way? 'Cause if you do I want to stay forever And I want to know - do you feel the same way? 'Cause if you do I want to stay forever With you
A day in the life of a Bike and Builder! ((so my summer plans))
Here’s a “general idea” of what my summer will look like…
6 AM – Wakeup—pack your bags, load the van, eat breakfast.
7:30 AM – Morning meeting – the point leader goes over the day’s route and distributes directions; everyone participates in a group stretch and then individually checks and tunes their bikes.
Ride at your own pace – break up into groups of people you’re comfortable riding with- generally no more than 3-4 people; throughout the day stop to check out points of interest along the route.
11:30 – Lunch- support van will have set up a pre-arranged lunch stop. Everyone catches up with the group and takes a break to replenish and refuel!
3-4- Arrive- hosts will greet you at the pre-arranged nightly accommodation location and welcome you after a long day on the bike.
Shower- at locations pre-arranged. Sometimes it is a YMCA or gym, other times it may be a garden hose.
Complete chore group responsibilities– riders are responsible for helping with day-to-day operations of trip. These responsibilities rotate on a weekly basis and range from cleaning the van to grocery shopping for the next day’s lunch. This allows riders to take ownership of the trip and contribute to its success.
6 pm – Potluck dinner- eat, meet, and interact with local community members.
7 pm – Presentation- each trip has a PowerPoint presentation which it gives to community members at host locations. Riders share anecdotes from the trip, explain what life is like on the road, and what Bike & Build’s mission is. These are a lot of fun and present an opportunity to spread awareness about the affordable housing crisis and learn about regional issues.