Across America

Trip Overview

This is it – the longest bicycle trip at Venture.

This 8-week expedition brings you from the bustling streets of Seattle, Washington to New York City, NY, where you’ll dip your tire into the Atlantic Ocean after biking through 13 states, traveling over 4,000 miles, and pedaling up more than 60,000 feet.

This ride isn’t just about an epic adventure, however. With a strong focus on biblical justice and discipleship, you and your team will study, learn, reflect, and wrestle together on some of life’s most important and pressing questions: Who am I? Who is God? How might I respond to suffering and injustice in the world?

And as you meet your fundraising goal prior to departing, you’ll inspire your community to actively engage with you in the redemptive and beautiful story of justice and hope that God is writing right here, and right now, through Venture’s Mission Projects in Southeast Asia.

Anna Henderson

Across America 2016

‘I had been praying for something big that would be a fresh start in my life for me, and this is what God sent my way. I had to totally rely on God to be prepared for the trip. I felt God’s hand and the prayers of so many others during the tour, and I completed something more difficult than anything I have done in a long time—possibly ever.

Trip Details

Dates:

June 7 – August 5, 2018.

Fundraising Goal:

$4,500 Minimum

Registration:

$150

Duration:

60 Days

Start/End:

Seattle, WA – New York City, NY

Fly In/Out:

SEA – JFK or LGA

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2017. Cyclists are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot on the team!

Itinerary & Map

DayDateStartingEndingMileage
Thursday6/7/2017Arrive in SeattleTeam Training
Friday6/8/2017Team TrainingTraining Ride33.6
Saturday6/9/2017
Sunday6/10/2017SeattleSultan31.2
Monday6/11/2017SultanLeavenworth78.3
Tuesday6/12/2017LeavenworthCoulee City84
Wednesday6/13/2017Coulee CitySpokane90.5
Thursday6/14/2017
Friday6/15/2017SpokaneHarrison72.9
Saturday6/16/2017HarrisonThompson Falls92.7
Sunday6/17/2017
Monday6/18/2017Thompson FallsMissoula103
Tuesday6/19/2017MissoulaLincoln84
Wednesday6/20/2017LincolnHelena50.2
Thursday6/21/2017HelenaWhite Sulphur Spgs78.6
Friday6/22/2017White Sulphur SpgsHarlowton104
Saturday6/23/2017HarlowtonBillings93.9
Sunday6/24/2017
Monday6/25/2017BillingsForsyth107
Tuesday6/26/2017ForsythMiles City49.2
Wednesday6/27/2017Miles CityBaker87.6
Thursday6/28/2017BakerHettinger85.4
Friday6/29/2017HettingerMcLaughlin95.2
Saturday6/30/2017McLaughlinIpswitch104
Sunday7/1/2017
Monday7/2/2017IpswitchWebster78.8
Tuesday7/3/2017WebsterAppleton80.8
Wednesday7/4/2017AppletonHutchinson96.7
Thursday7/5/2017HutchinsonMinneapolis65.4
Friday7/6/2017
Saturday7/7/2017
Sunday7/8/2017Twin CitiesRed Wing60
Monday7/9/2017Red WingEau Claire70.3
Tuesday7/10/2017Eau ClaireWassau108
Wednesday7/11/2017WassauGreen Bay103
Thursday7/12/2017Green BayPlymouth64.4
Friday7/13/2017PlymouthOak Creek73.3
Saturday7/14/2017Oak CreekElmhurst80.2
Sunday7/15/2017
Monday7/16/2017ElmhurstDeMotte88.8
Tuesday7/17/2017DeMotteWest Lafayette75.2
Wednesday7/18/2017West LafayetteAvon75.4
Thursday7/19/2017AvonRichmond82.3
Friday7/20/2017RichmondPiqua57.3
Saturday7/21/2017PiquaMt. Vernon123
Sunday7/22/2017
Monday7/23/2017Mt. VernonCanton88.6
Tuesday7/24/2017CantonYoungstown46.9
Wednesday7/25/2017YoungstownSarver88.6
Thursday7/26/2017SarverEbensberg86
Friday7/27/2017EbensbergChambersburg76
Saturday7/28/2017ChambersburgYork76.1
Sunday7/29/201738.5
Monday7/30/2017YorkWest Chester103
Tuesday7/31/2017West ChesterTrenton61.9
Wednesday8/1/2017TrentonMiddleton68.9
Thursday8/2/2017MiddletonNYC65
Friday8/3/2017
Saturday8/4/2017NYC – Team DebriefNYC – Team Debrief0
Sunday8/5/2017NYC – Team DebriefDepart for Home0

Stories From Participants

Brett Hall

Across America 2016

“How was your tour?” Everyone is still asking me about this and I still have trouble putting it into words. I’ve settled with: “It was the best terrible experience of my life.”

Naturally, this causes a few curious glances. Even I’m still trying to figure out what I really mean.

All I know is that most of the time I felt like this was the hardest thing I’d ever done. Like, who rides their bike through the desert in the middle of June? It sounds insane, honestly. We woke up too early to ride too many miles in weather that was too hot. Sure, it was all fun and games in the beginning when we got to ride in the nice cool breezes of California, when we weren’t waking up at 5:30am, when it still felt like a honeymoon with all the teammates. But many days after that was difficult. It was SO difficult.

I became incredibly aware of my own sin and how that affected others. I was mean, I was selfish, I was arrogant, I was rude, I was impatient, you name it. I wasn’t struggling through these things because of everyone else, I was struggling because I’m a broken person. And when my body and my mind and my spirit was constantly broken everyday, I was nothing more than shattered remnants of the person I thought I was. Riding my bike across America revealed to me who I really was, a broken sinner, undeserving of grace. And that changed me.

I think, when you realize you’re broken, something in you changes. It’s weird. You might, at first, try to deny it. It’s probably someone else’s fault, you’re not that bad, whatever. But when you finally come to actually accept the brokenness, you are brought to humility, and it’s beautiful. Your barriers are broken, you drop your guard, and you’re made vulnerable. You understand your desperate need for grace though you know you don’t deserve it. And that’s where love begins. Because you know the person riding next to you is going through the same problem. They’re as broken and desperate as you. So when you see your teammate slip up and do something you don’t like, whether that be setting their alarm 10 minutes earlier than wake up time or not calling out the dead raccoon in the road, it’s hard to get angry, it’s much easier to love instead.

Of course there’s more to the story.

I had the chance to ride a bicycle across the country, through deserts, swamps, cities, over mountains, by the coast, and through giant bridges and tiny towns I’ll never see again. That’s incredible. What makes it even better is that I got to experience that with some of my best friends.

I met 14 of the most incredible people in the world. Each one inspired me in so many ways. In a time of my life when I was kind of confused about my life, my faith, and my beliefs, God put together a team of people who spoke into each area of my struggle. They taught me even when I didn’t want to be taught, they listened even when I didn’t listen to them, and they loved me even when I didn’t love them.

It still feels like a dream. A messy, difficult, scary, uncomfortable dream. A peaceful, friendly, cheerful nightmare.

Riding my bicycle Across America was probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever done and I both hate and loved every second of it. But I loved it. It was the best adventure of my life. You absolutely should ride your bike across America, too.”

Naomi Mitchell

Across America 2015

“You won’t regret going on any of Venture’s trips, absolutely anybody can do it, so just take a leap of faith! It’s life changing.”

I heard about Venture Expeditions and the Across America bicycle tour at a conference. It looked like an awesome experience, and it was for an incredible cause, too.

I thought to myself, there is no way you could do this, but right then, God told me to do it.

And when He tells you to do something, it’s very difficult to say no. So I signed right up, and before I really knew what was happening, I was fundraising money for the trip and kind of training. Since I play college sports, finding time to train was difficult, and I was really intimidated by the fundraising, too. Those were the hardest parts, but God provided a way.

I made a new family on my journey across the country, and the countryside was absolutely beautiful. I even met my husband – Jeff Mitchell – on the trip! Between the two of us, we’ve completed 4 Venture tours so far.

Best of all, I got to be a part of a special community that has been and is making an impact in this world. I was able to benefit the world, and discover my soul.

We both look forward to many more adventures with Venture Expeditions!

The Cause

Everyone Deserves to Hear the Gospel

Venture partners with local communities to bring food security, education, discipleship, and the gospel to the least reached and most vulnerable people in the world.

We engage religious leaders, local governments, community members, and partner non-profits to meet the most pressing needs in remote, conflict-ridden, and desperate regions.

The Across America tour will specifically raise money to fund our refugee feeding programs in Southeast Asia, which is home to the world’s longest-running civil war. This war has displaced over 4 million people from their homes, hundreds of thousands of whom still live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) or refugee camps in the region.

Venture works within the most remote and hardest-struck refugee regions in Southeast Asia to provide nutritious food for the people living in these camps. Through a partnership with Feed My Starving Children, we provide hundreds of thousands of meals every year to refugee camps in Southeast Asia.

Learn More

Bee Kay

Refugee

We make one pack last 9 meals; we stretch them out to make them last longer. My grandchildren think it is very delicious. My three grandchildren live with me because the army killed my son. So I am now responsible for them. We can’t grow food because we are always fleeing from the war.

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