Dordt College News

Sea to Sea cross-continental bike tour underway

August 6, 2008

Sea to Sea

A group of roughly 150 bicyclists and their support people spent the night at Sioux Center on Tuesday, Aug. 5. A photo album of their time spent at Dordt College is posted here.

 Barb Mellema, Director of Annual Giving at Dordt College, is among the cyclists going the entire 3,881-mile bike ride. She has set up a blog to share her experiences on Sea to Sea as she pedals through 14 states and the Canadian province of Ontario over the next nine weeks. Over the course of 54 riding days, bikers will average 72 miles per day.

She joins 217 other registered cyclists in the largest cross-continental bike tour ever, with 127 participants going the full distance from Seattle, WA, to Jersey City, NJ. Five other Dordt alumni are participating in the entire Sea to Sea ride: Rev. Larry Meyer ('71), Beaver Dam, WI; LaVonne Koedam (’74), who is head cook for the ride; Randy DeWolde ex (’82); Chilliwack, BC; Alida van Dijk ('92), St. Catharines, ON, who is a chaplain on the ride; and Greg Dyk ('99), Sanborn, IA.

Joining the ride in Denver was Sheryl Taylor, Director of Library Services at Dordt College, who will finish in Grand Rapids. Henry DeVries ('80), Kamloops, BC, participated in an early portion of the ride, while Galen Ledeboer ('73), Springfield, VA, and Stan De Vries ('66), Lombard, IL, will participate in the final two week stretch from Illinois to New Jersey.

The purpose of the tour is to increase awareness concerning the root causes of global poverty; motivate people to become involved in assisting the poor; and raise money to fund initiatives aimed at reducing poverty. Each cyclist has a fund-raising target of $10,000 (or $4,000 for one leg of the route). Tour proceeds will support new and ongoing programs that break the cycle of poverty around the world.

Tour partners include the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Christian Reformed World Missions, and Partners Worldwide. Sea to Sea is also partnering with RCA Global Mission in connection with cyclists from the Reformed Church in America. Dordt College is also a contributing sponsor for the ride.

“This tour is a combination of some of my favorite things – riding my bike, meeting new people, and exploring new places,” says Barb on her blog. “I've completed a variety of multi-day rides, but never one with such a worthwhile purpose …Thank you for all the means of support —financial, emotional, and prayer. Please continue to pray as we journey on and pedal for poverty.

The ride began June 30 and ends August 30.

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