2015 Rider Profile: Pam Grugan

Meet Pam Grugan, third in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2015 PA-to-DC ride  will take place May 1-5.  PamGrugan

The other day I told a friend I was going to ride to D.C.

“You’re crazy,” he said.

I suppose he’s right.  I’m 52.  I’m not athletic.  And my bike is about 17 years old.  I suppose I am crazy…in a good way.

What is it that motivates me to want to do something as crazy as ride my bike from central Pennsylvania to D.C.?   I think IT’S MOTHERHOOD.

I’ve devoted my energy to the growth and well being of my children for over 25 years. Continue reading 2015 Rider Profile: Pam Grugan

2015 Rider Profile: Peter Buckland

Meet Peter Buckland, second in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2015 PA-to-DC ride  will take place May 1-5, though Peter will leave later and meet the cyclists prior to their evening in Poolesville, MD.

CICADA FACEI woke up  early to do a long mountain bike ride. Putting on my jersey, I noticed something was lodged below my right armpit. It was a tiny deer tick nymph, its limp legs dangling out of my flesh, its mouth parts bolted into my flesh. The previous day I’d been walking around a vernal pond watching ring-necked ducks and tundra swans on a gorgeous 60-degree day.

It was February. In Pennsylvania.

The white and pink blossoms of Continue reading 2015 Rider Profile: Peter Buckland

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.  

IMG_3885 - Version 2I 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 school and then college, where working to lower my carbon footprint and to live a more eco-friendly life became an essential part of my spiritual existence.  I began to see my Christian faith as one that was centered on peace and justice for all.  I began to discover that most Continue reading 2015 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman