May 17 – 26, 2019
Monterey, CA – San Diego, CA
MRY – SAN
March 15, 2018. Cyclists are encouraged to apply early!
You’ll join your team in the beachside town of Monterey, California, and make your way down the remote and breathtaking coastal hills (and mountains!) of Big Sur National Park. Coastal weather is decidedly extreme: one day you’ll watch the sunrise in your warmest rain gear; the next, you’ll be jumping off cliffs into the temperate Pacific Ocean or hidden coastal waterfalls.
There’s bound to be long, challenging days in the saddle, but the whimsical, sunny, joyous spirit you and your teammates bring will make you forget the pains and challenges upon each day’s end.
After navigating crazy Los Angeles, enjoying the hospitality of our partners down the coast, and spending nearly every evening at the beach, we’ll finish by riding our bikes to Love Does Headquarters in San Diego and celebrate our 500 mile journey together.
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 and Love Does.
Won’t you join us? Sign up now.
If you have questions or would like to chat with the tour director, please connect with Jeremy at email@example.com.
The Love Does Tour was life changing for me. I was intimidated by my inexperience with cycling, but the welcoming, accepting, and overall teamwork and friendship almost immediately erased all of my fears. We encountered the beauty of creation and the beauty of life in and with the Creator, in and with each other. And that was life-changing for me.
Itinerary & Map
|Saturday||May 18||Training Ride in Monterey||20|
|Sunday||May 19||Big Sur||TBD|
|Saturday||May 25||San Diego||TBD|
Love Does’ goal is to try to change a few lives for the better. We fight for freedom and human rights, work to improve educational opportunities, and try to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend.
Stories From Participants
“I’ve believed in God for a long time. And I’ve trusted him with major decisions in my life. But I’ve never felt closer to him than when I was biking through the mountains of Big Sur marveling at his creation.”
Our tour leaders said that we would be tested and challenged on tour. And I thought I was ready for it. But no amount of training could have prepared me for how on fire my heart felt for the Lord as I biked through California. Being on your bike with a group of strangers completely surrounded by God’s creation is an adventure. And I can say without a doubt, that it has been my favorite one in my life thus far. Venture Expeditions and the Love Does Tour showed me how real and big our heavenly father is. And for that, I will forever be grateful.
“There’s something amazing about sacrificing your time, pushing your physical limits, and conquering your mind to the ultimate bring that I’ve only experienced while on a Venture tour.”
On my Venture tours, God awakened my passion to help people around the world that are victims of social injustice, and He worked to break down the walls that I build around myself relationally and physically. While riding across the country, God solidified my belief that he has a purpose for each person he has created, and I learned so much about unconditional love through my teammates and the churches that hosted us.
“I went on tour. And I learned: I can move. I can act spontaneously and possibly even irrationally at times in order to live well. I can love the people around me without restraint or insecurity. I can push myself. I can engage my fears…”
Before I went on tour, I had been challenged to engage conflict and press into the things I fear. I have a monumental fear of failing at something I set out to do. If I sign up for anything, I want to do it very well or not at all. It’s terribly limiting, but somehow, I jumped on board for this wild cycling thing without really thinking about it.
Basically, I challenged myself to a duel. 500 miles. Mountains. Strangers. Mountains. Old heavy bicycle. Mountains. There was definitely room for failure. Mostly the failure would be in my own head, but we typically hold ourselves to the highest standards anyhow, right?
The good news about legitimately facing fear is that it never wins. Most things that we dread never enter reality, and if they do it’s under different circumstances than we presuppose.
And so I went on tour. And I learned:
I can move. I can act spontaneously and possibly even irrationally at times in order to live well. I can love the people around me without restraint or insecurity. I can push myself. I can engage my fears. I can do what I want to do. I can be passionate. I can be bold. I can be humble. I can be wrong. I can fail. I can bank on grace and be unafraid to try.
In spite of the odds and the fears and the failures and the feels, we can go out there and pursue it. Life doesn’t have to be lived perfectly, it just needs to be lived, and we’ll typically learn a lot more when we’re moving than we will sitting still.