Week 1 | San Diego, CA > Phoenix, AZ
Your journey starts with the tire dipping ceremony at La Jolla beach, through the Cuyamaca Mountains, and into the Arizona desert. This part of the ride is slightly easier with regards to mileage and elevation, however, the heat can make it extremely difficult. Expect some night riding!
Week 2 | Phoenix, AZ > Albuquerque, NM
You will then get out of the desert and into the bottom of the Rockies. The climbing is difficult, but the views are breathtaking. New Mexico is truly an enchanted place. The people you will meet, and the cities that you will see, will give you a taste of what the United States of America is all about.
Week 3 | Albuquerque, NM > Oklahoma City, OK
Don’t mess, because Texas is next, and from there you will be heading into the great plains, the heartland of America, with it’s charming little towns. Crossing into Oklahoma will give you a feel for how the pioneers established roots out west.
Week 4 | Oklahoma City, OK > St. Louis, MO
Into Missouri it is, be prepared for the Show Me State, to amaze you with beautiful country roads and luscious forests. As you make your way across the state, you will be following the trail of Lewis & Clark through the Gateway to the West.
Week 5 | St. Louis, MO > Columbus, OH
You will cross the great Mississippi into Illinois and along the sprawling cornfields of Indiana. As you near the east coast, cities become more numerous, and you will be meeting many new people. Talking with mayors, local press interviews, and spreading the message of Friendship Circle will become even more frequent.
Bike 4 Friendship will be staying at various locations along the route including Chabad houses, community centers, high schools, motels, and hotels. Showering facilities will be available each night. Cyclists are responsible for their own bedding and air mattress as accommodations require. Cyclists can do laundry in machines as provided by accommodations at different times throughout the week.
Benefits which you will receive:
Upon being accepted to the trip you will be asked to complete registration. There is a registration fee of $150 which will be applied to your fundraising goal. You will have the option to pay it or fundraise it within a week of registering.