2020 PA-to-DC Bike Trip

For the moment, our plans are on hold.  We will review the situation with our volunteers, leaders, and hosts and update this page on April 10th. 

It’s still a good idea to register as an interested cyclist, or email as a way to let us know you may be interested in riding or volunteering.  We will be sure to be in touch directly with those who do.   

In 2020, PA IPL is trying a Capital-to-Capital ride. We hope to have cyclists from several regions of Pennsylvania joining together to build a community-on-wheels that visits with and carries stories of their home communities, and the many communities which serve as our hosts along the way. The ride will begin with an overnight just outside of Harrisburg on the night of Thursday, May 14th, and will end with many riders making visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 19th.

Past rides

2019 Ride

The 2019 PA IPL  Pennsylvania-to-DC Bike Ride took place May 10th-15th, 2019, with two starting locations: State College, PA and Philadelphia, PA. The groups met up on Tuesday night, and rode (triumphantly!) into Washington, DC the next day. The group went to Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers on Wednesday.  Read their profiles , check out their blog posts, and, if you’re on social media, look for the #paiplonbikes.

Thank you!

Support the 2020 riders!

Follow the trips on Instagram and Facebook and with the hashtag #paiplonbikes for lots of photos and videos

Are you a business or a group wishing to support our work by sponsoring the rides?

Scroll on down for more about the 2018 rides and before.

2019 Trip applications have closed — THANK YOU to all who applied! but if you have a burning desire to go this year, check in with us.  At the very least, you’ll get to meet some of the 2019 cyclists and can get ready and excited for 2020.  We do have spots for support drivers on several legs for each trip.

2018 ride

We had an AMAZING new development in 2018!  For the first time, we had a group leaving from each of 2 regions: State College, right in the middle of the state (blessing and sendoff Friday afternoon, May 11), and Philadelphia, in the southeast (blessing and sendoff Sunday afternoon, May 13 ).  This page includes details for both (converging) trips.  The cyclists joined together in Washington, DC for a night of getting to know the pedal-ers from the other group, and then, of course, for our visits to Capitol Hill on May 16, 2018.

Cyclist profiles and blog reports are published on the same blog, and both trips posted  with the hashtag #paiplonbikes on Facebook and Instagram. 

Over their 3- and 5-day trips cyclists stay with supporters and in faith community spaces; when they arrive in Washington, riders join PA IPL staff on visits to the Hill for conversation about climate change and clean energy, sharing faith-rooted perspectives with our elected officials. 

Learn more about the trips:

Get to know riders from their profiles on our blog.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 5.43.47 PM

learn moreget involvedPhilly-gp scheduleState College-gp scheduletop

How could you participate?

Contact us  to learn more or get involved.  Want to create a more accessible local ride to learn about climate solutions (weekends possible) or head to the district office of one of your state or federal legislators (weekdays)? Let’s talk!

  • donate in honor of the pedal-ers — help them reach their $15,000 fundraising goal!
  • be an engaged host for a meal, a meeting, a talk, a sing-a-long, or an overnight en route.
  • be a media maven: reach out to your local media with a story or a press release.  En route or not, connect YOUR local events to the bike to DC, or write a Letter to the Editor in support of the cyclists’ visit to your congressman on May 16.
  • visit, thank, or BECOME a trip sponsor.
  • 0trailride along for a portion of the route. (Check out Google Maps Bike Directions to plan your in-and-out.)
  • come to the blessing and sendoff closest to you (links  soon, some info in schedules below)
  • call the DC offices of your Congressman and Senator Toomey (202.224.4254) and Senator Casey (202.224.6324) to let them know that you support the PA IPL bicycle riders who are coming to speak to their staff on May 16, and you’re looking forward to hearing about the conversation.  These calls make an ENORMOUS difference to the level of engagement of the Capitol Hill staff.  Feel free to use the answering machines after hours if that works better for you.
  • collect postcards and messages of support in your congregation, and get them to us at 243 S.Allen St. #337 State College, PA 16801 BEFORE MAY 9 to deliver during the meetings.
  •  JOIN IN SPIRIT by planning a get-out-the-bike event at your congregation or community: (and be sure to share it with us, so we can share it at paipl.org — with announcements before and/or stories after with photos and stories)
    event possibilities include: 
  • a blessing of the bicycles
  • a how-to workshop on spring cleaning and basic bike maintenance and repair
  • installation or dedication of a bike rack (You have a bike rack already?  Does it need a coat of paint, a shelter, or more slots? How about other climate-stewardship options: a bus bench or shelter, or marked priority parking spots for every-seat-taken carpool folks?)
  • blessinga community ride before, during, or after the PA-to-DC ride.  There are so many possibilities for this: congregation to congregation ride, a sustainable features “scavenger hunt” or solar tour, a multi-point, multi-congregation 5K pleasure ride to Creation care picnic, a “they speak for me” visit to lawmakers’ district offices—reach out to brainstorm with us and connect with existing resources.
  • May is National Bike Month  Bike to Work day is on May 18, 2018.  Schedule Bike to Worship day! Planning guides available here.

           DONATE                                        back to top

Want to hear more about these trips?  We will work to get riders to your congregation (like this Sunday service arranged by cyclists Dorothy Blair) or gathering of interested people.   Get a glimpse of the riders from the 2013 trip on this nationally-televised PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly segment from April 19, 2013. Most of the folks climbing the stairs and walking through the halls at the beginning are PA IPL cyclists.  Some of them are introduced later in the segment — on their bikes.  [NOTE: the video works best on the Chrome browser]

learn moreget involvedPhilly-gp scheduleState College-gp scheduletop

2018 PHILLYoriginating trip schedule

(eagerly anticipating 2018 photos to use for the 2019 page!)

Sunday May 13, 1:00 p.m. John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, PA
Blessing and send-off in the parking area with local supporters. Make this beautiful spot and hopeful work part of your Mothers’ Day celebrations!  Community cyclists are invited to ride with us for the first few miles after our send off on our way to:

6pm, Cynthia and David’s Home in Newark, DE.
Dinner and Conversation with community members 
Cynthia and David, members of New Ark UCC , a Delaware IPL congregation, are hosting our riders in their home on this first evening. They will be opening their home for conversation with area IPL supporters to hear about our ride, and share stories of why they care about the environment. Cyclists will stay nearby overnight, leaving the next morning for:

Monday, May 14, noon, Churchville Presbyterian Church in Churchville, MD
Our journey will take us south to Churchville Presbyterian Church, a DC/MD/VA IPL congregation (Rte 22, Churchville, Md.), who will be hosting us for lunch, prepared by IPL supporter, Fawn Palmer. We’ll be heading out of town by 1:30 p.m. for:

6 p.m. Dinner at Reservoir Hill House of Peace in Baltimore, MD
Reservoir Hill House of Peace  will act as host for dinner and lodging on our second night. This unique ministry of North Baltimore Mennonite Church and the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA provides a Christian community setting where persons of various cultures learn from each other, the surrounding neighborhood, and life in Baltimore city. Community members and supporters will join us for dinner that evening. We will ride out the next morning morning, heading south for:

Tuesday, May 15, noon, lunch in Silver Spring, MD
DC/MD/VA IPL supporter, Richard Reis, will host us for our lunch stop in his home before we hit the road for our final stretch to Washington DC. The last day of the trip will be exciting as we complete our journey to the nation’s capital. We end our trip at:

4 p.m. Steinbruck Center at Luther Place – Washington DC
We will all be staying together in DC at this hostel attached to Luther Place Memorial Church. In the morning, we’ll connect with Cricket and Alison, all scrubbed up and dressed for business on:

Wednesday, May 16, bright and early to Capitol Hill
Visiting with our congressional representatives.  Please pray for receptive ears that day, and for creative, courageous leadership in the days and weeks to follow.  Lend a hand!  Mark your calendar to call your Senators and Representatives  to let them know that you support the PA IPL bicycle riders who are coming to speak to their staffers on May 16, and you’re looking forward to hearing about the conversations.  These calls make an ENORMOUS difference to the level of engagement of the Capitol Hill staff.

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

PHEW!
The Weimer Group
Exact Solar
richards | stover group  and
Freeze / Thaw Cycles

Get to know the riders as their profiles are posted on our blog.  Read their bike posts on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter with #paiplonbikes.

BECOME A SPONSOR! 

DONATE

learn moreget involvedPhilly-gp scheduleState College-gp scheduletop

2018 State-College originating ride schedule

(photos from previous years)

Friday May 11, 3:45 p.m. State CollegeJon Brockopp 2016 send-off  Blessing and send-off  with location announced soon. There will be, a blessing of the riders, a few tasty treats, and the SCAHS Trombone Choir! Community riders are welcome for any part of the first leg to:

6:30 p.m. Plowshare Produce in McAlevy’s Fort.
IMG_88181Pot luck dinner (please RSVP by emailing Cricket)
Our favorite farmers, Bethany and Micah Spicher-Schonberg, welcome one and all to a pot luck dinner – hopefully outside on the lawn. Plowshare Produce is one of several CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in the State College Area. Buying locally sourced food can be a great way to cut down on carbon emissions, and Micah and Bethany run an exemplary outfit. Cyclists will stay nearby overnight, and be helpful (if not as efficient as the experienced professionals) before leaving the next morning for:

Saturday, May 12, Huntingdon

11055724_628156917829_7683247150366917782_n We have many friends in Huntingdon, and this year they’re organizing an event at Detweiler Park, where we’ll get to see some exciting native habitat restoration that’s part of ongoing climate resilience work with PA IPL Board President Greg Williams. [Get on his workparty list for one of 4 sites.]  We’ll be joined for sure by members of PA IPL member congregation Stone Church of the Brethren. Plan on joining us for this?  RSVP so we can notify you of changes based on working conditions.  We’ll be heading out of town by 3 p.m. for:

6 p.m. Dinner and overnight in Orbisonia 

IMG_88261

Our longtime hosts at Orbisonia UMC have so much construction going on at their Outreach Center that Pastor Ed Seeley has introduced us to friend and colleague Pastor Donald Pflugh at the Orbisonia Church of God and Prophecy.  Pastor Don and Orbisonia COGAP will be our overnight hosts in 2018, and we’re looking forward to meeting more Orbisonians.   We will attend services on Sunday morning, heading south (with a favorite picnic lunch stop in Cowan’s Gap State Park) to:

IMG_6828[1]

Sunday, May 13 Hagerstown, MD
6 p.m. Dinner at Christ’s Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
Once again, we are hosted by Pastor Gregg Meserole and his congregation, who have expanded their church in downtown Hagerstown, taking over an abandoned shoe factory. We stay in the homeless shelter portion –  closed by April – and are grateful for the beds and hot showers.
After breakfast at the shelter, we head along the C&O canal to:

IMG_6900[1]

Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. Dinner in Poolesville, MD
Our bike trip wouldn’t be the same without the enthusiastic support of Joyce Breiner and her husband Dave Yaney, members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg. This year, we will be staying at the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Retreat Center, joining community members for dinner there, including a conversation about Community Solar with Gary Skulnik of Neighborhood Sun.  Community Solar can be a means of providing access to solar ownership for people whose homes (or finances) are not suited to installing at home. JOIN the dinner and conversation.  Poolesville powers its water treatment plant and municipal buildings with a large solar array that we hope to tour again this year.

Tuesday, May 15 – ride into Washington, DC
Adat Shalom Torah scroll bike 2016The last day of the trip is always exciting as we complete our journey to the nation’s capital. Many years, we’re able to work out schedules so that riders can tour  Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and we hope to stop there again.   We end our trip at:

4 p.m. Steinbruck Center at Luther Place Church
We will all — both trip groups! —  be staying together in DC at this hostel attached to Luther Place Memorial Church. The Steinbruck center also houses the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and we may have an opportunity to hear about the work of these volunteers who devote a year of their life to community service. In the morning, we’ll connect with Cricket and Alison, all scrubbed up and dressed for business on

Wednesday, May 16, bright and early to Capitol Hill,

00lobbyistswhere we will visit with our congressional representatives.  Please pray for receptive ears that day, and for creative, courageous leadership in the days and weeks to follow.  Lend a hand!  Mark your calendar to call your Senators and Representatives  to let them know that you support the PA IPL bicycle riders who are coming to speak to their staffers on May 24, and you’re looking forward to hearing about the conversations.  These calls make an ENORMOUS difference to the level of engagement of the Capitol Hill staff.

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

PHEW!
The Weimer Group
Exact Solar
richards | stover group  and
Freeze / Thaw Cycles

[Become a sponsor]

Get to know the riders as their profiles are posted on our blog.  Read their bike posts on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter with #paiplonbikes.

DONATE

learn moreget involvedPhilly-gp scheduleState College-gp scheduletop

 

Past Rides

Browse past years’ posts 201720162015, 2014, 2013, and if you go back to our old blog click…the first trip in 2012training ride group

Check out the route —including elevation changes—on our old blog.  Maps from the 2013 ride.  [CAUTION: not for navigation — there are a few changes year to year]

allison7In 2013 then-12-year-old Hannah Ballenger joined the ride on a tandem with her father, Jesse. Read Hannah’s letter here and her blog here. Hannah collected well over 100 prayers, drawings and well-wishes from children all over central PA. Joining them were Jon Brockopp, Andy Hayes, Dave Hunter and Ray Najjar.

Back to top.

Informational webinars about the bike trip took place on Sunday afternoon, January 13th.   

  • webinar slides
    PDF format – view online or download
  • State College trip intro webinar audio
    mp3 format, listen online or download
    Q and A scattered throughout
  • Philadelphia trip intro webinar audio
    Q and A at end (begins @ 29m30s) may be useful to folks interested in either trip
    mp3 format, listen online or download.

Friday, May 10
Short ceremonies and hurrahs will send the cyclists off from each starting location. 
Philadelphia 12:40-1:00  from the John M. Heinz Wildlife Refuge
State College 3:40-4:00 from the University Baptist and Brethren Church

Philadelphia-group riders will cover XX miles to their Friday night hosts YYYYYYY in ZZZZZZZZ

State College-group riders will cover XX miles, much of it on state forest roads to Plowshare Produce, where friends and family will join in a potluck, and a tent overnight.  Contact us if you would like to join the potluck or the first-afternoon ride.

Saturday, May 11

Philadelphia-group riders will join ZZZZZZ for morning services before they ride XX miles to their Saturday night hosts YYYYYYY in ZZZZZZZZ

State College-group riders will do a bit of work on the farm, then will ride XX miles into Huntingdon, PA where they will have lunch with hosts from Stone Church of the Brethren and St. James Lutheran Church, then help with ongoing habitat restoration and resilience work before hopping back on their bikes to pedal to Orbisonia, PA and overnight hosts at the Church of God of Prophecy.  

Sunday, May 12

Philadelphia-group riders will join ZZZZZZ for morning services before they ride XX miles to their Sunday night hosts YYYYYYY in ZZZZZZZZ

State College-group riders will attend Sunday school at the  Church of God of Prophecy, then join hosts from Christ’s Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, and their sheltering ministry REACH — a shelter built in an abandoned shoe factory, where they will have their first beds and hot showers. 

Monday, May 13
The groups will converge today, meeting up at the beautiful Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Sanctuary and Retreat Center in Beallsville, MD. This will be the Philadelphia-group riders’ biggest mileage day — XX miles!   Showers and good, vegetarian food are on the agenda for both groups.  Our friend Joyce Breiner of Poolesville Green will give an update on solar projects previous groups heard about when they were only in the planning stages.  She is arranging with local field-to-table farmers and cooks to fuel the cyclists this year. 

Tuesday, May 14
Adat Shalom Torah scroll bike 2016Much of Tuesday’s ride takes place on tow paths, with a stop at the  Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation for snacks and a tour of their efficient facilities and tremendous garden before the ride right into the heart of Washington, DC for the official trip photo in front of a recognizable monument before heading to the Steinbruck Center at Luther Place Memorial Church for showers and dinner, followed by an intensive in-person  Hill Visit preparation that builds on our earlier webinar.

Did you know? 
Donors get postcards with the year’s triumphant arrival photo!

Wednesday, May 15

Riders make use of each others’ nametags as they see each other cleaned up and helmet-less for the first time.  They walk down to the Capitol and visit with policy aides in as many of our 20 legislative offices as we can get appointments (usually 16-18).  They go in in groups of 3-4, and do as much listening as speaking, learning a great deal about our legislators’ priorities, and identifying spaces where we might work together on climate change.  You can help these meetings be even more effective by calling your Senators and Representative earlier the same week to let them know that you’re traveling with the group in spirit, and are eager to hear about the meeting.  We’ll report back in our May Sustained Advocacy call.  (Calls are 4th Thursdays, 12:30-1:30.  If you are interested in the calls or in getting the typed summaries a week later, sign up!)  After a long day on the hill, cyclists pack vehicles and drive back to their starting places.  After several days on bicycles, many cyclists are a bit disoriented at the speed the landscape whips by!