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It's My Turn

Andy Ives is a senior at the University of North Carolina. For the past four months, Ives has been training for a Bike and Build trip that will occur this summer. During the trip, Ives along with 29 other riders will bike approximately 75 miles a day. Every couple of days, the group will stop and build homes in conjunction with local affordable housing organizations. The Nags Head, N.C. to San Diego, C.A. ride will start on May 15, 2009.

An Example day on the trip
  • 6 AM Wake up: pack your bags, load the van, eat breakfast.
  • 7:30 AM Morning meeting: the point leader goes over the days route and distributes directions; everyone participates in a group stretch and then individually checks and tunes their bikes.
  • Ride at your own pace: break up into groups of people you’re comfortable riding with generally no more than 3-4 people; throughout the day stop to check out points of interest along the route.
  • 11:30 Lunch: support van will have set up a pre-arranged lunch stop. Everyone catches up with the group and takes a break to replenish and refuel!
  • 3-4 pm Arrive: hosts will greet you at the prearranged nightly accommodation location and welcome you after a long day on the bike.
  • Shower: at locations pre-arranged
  • Complete chore group responsibilities: riders are responsible for helping with day-to-day operations of trip. These responsibilities rotate on a weekly basis and range from cleaning the van to grocery shopping for the next day’s lunch take ownership of the trip. This allows riders to take ownership of the trip and contribute to its success.
  • 6 pm Potluck dinner: eat, meet, and interact with local community members.
  • 7 pm Presentation: each trip has a PowerPoint presentation which it gives to community members at host locations. Riders share anecdotes from the trip, explain what life is like on the road, and what Bike & Build's mission is. These are a lot of fun and present an opportunity to spread awareness about the affordable housing crisis and learn about regional issues.
  • FREE TIME! You will have PLENTY of opportunities throughout the day and after you arrive at your night’s destination to get off your bike, explore, talk to locals and relax!

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