Charity Ride Stops In Stanley
Cyclists riding over 3,900 miles stopped in Stanley on Monday, June 13 after a 72-mile ride from Williston. The riders were hosted by Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stanley before resuming their cross-country journey on Tuesday to a planned stop in Minot. Leaving on Tuesday, the group opted to take Old Highway 2 to avoid some of the road construction on Highway 2 between Stanley and Berthold.
The number of riders in Stanley was eleven, although the numbers will fluctuate throughout the ride as riders can join for a segment or ride the entire ten weeks. Ten riders will be completing the entire ride while there will be up to 43 riders that take part over the course of the ride. That comes as not everyone can commit the full ten weeks to the ride.
Adventure Coordinator Neil Mullikin lives in Georgia. He started with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure in 2021 when he says he was inspired by a calling to leave his office job. While praying about what he should do, he says God said cycling and ministry. Things became clear and he left an office in Topeka, Ks., to take on this new job.
This is his sixth ride and second ride across the United States, and he smiles when he says that at 46, he is the youngest rider in the group. The oldest rider is 76 with an average age of 62.
He says that every state and every community along the way has unique flavors. The geographical changes along the way give riders a chance to appreciate the beauty of the country.
Mullikin says that everyone else on the ride is a volunteer. Many of them find a love for the rides and come back for more. They see the impact they are making and want to come back and help and serve more. The work along the way and the mission of the Fuller Center gives them a chance to change a life in ways that are so much bigger than they are.
As they travel, the goal is to complete 72 to 75 miles per day, while that may fluctuate depending on their next stop. They try not to go over 100 miles per day, and they also try to stop in a community near an airport on the weekends so new riders can join and others can leave the group.