2019 Rider Profile: Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, fourth in the 2019 series of rider profiles, and one of the 2019 trip leaders.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate. More than four years ago I met with Penn State professor, Dr. Jon Brockopp, simply to connect and learn more about … Continue reading 2019 Rider Profile: Ben Wideman

2018 Rider profile: Ben Wideman

This is the first in the 2018 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.   Each spring, as the snow melts, I look with sadness on my clunky winter commuter bike, its chain now covered with rust, salt eating away at … Continue reading 2018 Rider profile: Ben Wideman

2017 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, first in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24, though Ben can only get away for 1/2 the ride this year.  Ben was a 2015  through-rider and wrote a profile in 2016, too. Shortly after graduating from college I was over at a friend’s home who had just got a new road bike. … Continue reading 2017 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

2016 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, first in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2016 PA-to-DC ride  will take place April 29 -May 3, though Ben will have to return to State College after Orbisonia, PA.  Ben was a 2015  through-rider. In my role as a campus pastor at Penn State my work is primarily focused on issues of peace and social justice and how faith … Continue reading 2016 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

2015 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, first in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2015 PA-to-DC ride  will take place May 1-5.   I grew up paying little attention to the environment around me.  My family strived to live simply – not necessarily for the environmental benefits, but because it saved money and resources to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Something changed for me in high … Continue reading 2015 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

2018 Rider Profile: Janet Swim

Meet Janet Swim, seventeenth in the 2018 series of rider profiles, and one of the 2018 trip leaders.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate. I love to ride my bicycle.  I associate it with a sense of freedom and joy.  Growing up, my bicycles represented … Continue reading 2018 Rider Profile: Janet Swim