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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Young bikers spend summer making a difference

  • If you were anywhere along U.S. Highway 2 on Friday afternoon no doubt you encountered several bicycle riders heading toward Devils Lake.
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  • If you were anywhere along U.S. Highway 2 on Friday afternoon no doubt you encountered several bicycle riders heading toward Devils Lake.
    In fact there were 38 of them and they are part of a nation-wide group called Bike & Build - Pedaling for Affordable Housing.
    The group that spent Friday night in Devils Lake was coming from Crookston, Minn. where they had worked on a project, like Habitat for Humanity.
    They started in Portsmouth, N.H. in early June, that was their first build project, and worked also in Lebanon, N.H., Buffalo, N.Y., Bowling Green, OH., Janesville, Wis., and St. Paul, Minn.
    This year there are nine groups participating in all, nine routes encompassing the entire U.S., from east coast to west and from west coast to east:
    •Central U.S. is Virginia to Oregon, they’re at mile 3,236 today of a total 3,830 in Boise, Idaho.
    •The Coastal Drift group started in NYC and ended in Bar Harbor, Maine - that was completed July 7.
    •Maine to Los Angeles group is on mile 2,212 of 3,995. They’re currently in Cordell, Ok.
    •The San Diego, CA., to Nags Head, NC group traveled 3,592 miles and that trip was completed on May 13.
    •The Northern U.S. group started in New Hampshire and will end in Vancouver after 3,837 miles, They are on mile number 2,389 today in Minot, N.D.
    •The group traveling from Providence, RI to Northern California are in Salida, Colorado, on mile 2,715 of a 4,160 mile trip.
    •Another group also leaving from Providence but traveling to Seattle is in Ashton Idaho, mile 2,852 of 3,938 miles.
    •The South Carolina to California group is in Juntura, Ore. at mile 3,399 of 4,201 today.
    •And the Florida to Southern California group is in Yosemite, CA., at mile 3,879 of 4,220.
    Each group establishes a number of sites they will spend working on a building or improvement project, like Habitat for Humanity or some other Affordable Housing project.
    The bikers are mostly college students spending their summer break keeping fit and making a difference.  
    When the Northern U.S. group completes their work in Minot, they head to Whitefish, Montana for their next building project.
    To learn more about this organization or to donate to their cause go to www.bikeandbuild.org.

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