past bike trips
At the end of June 2013, brave Christ Church Winnetka parishioners’ bikes and belongings were loaded inside a Penske truck that carried equipment for 22 members of the two congregations (16 from Winnetka; six from Jackson, MS) to Clifton Park, NY, where their adventure would begin.
Christopher Powell, Rector of Christ Church and trip leader, has mapped out a few different routes for this annual summer bike trip, alternating between them. For 2013, the group followed a clockwise route northeast to Manchester, VT, north to Rutland, VT, east to Hanover, NH, south to Brattleboro, VT, back east to Williamstown, MA and further east to end up back in Clifton Park, NY.
The route took the intrepid group from one Episcopal Church to the next. After each day of riding, the group would set up in a church for the evening, prepare their dinner, share community time over a meal and “adult beverages” and then collapse for the night.
The Penske truck carried everyone’s sleeping gear, a portable shower (a hot shower is most welcome after a hard day’s ride) and even a portable washing machine to keep everyone’s clothing fresh. A bonus about setting up camp in a church is that churches tend to have really good kitchens.
The evenings were a special time for the group. First they divvied up chores, sharing the burden of shopping for their meal, washing up and preparing dinner. According to Phil Adams, who was with the 2013 group: “Everybody took turns. It was part of the spiritual journey. Everybody contributed. Everybody worked it out according to what was best for them.”
Thinking about going along on one of these trips, but never done anything like this before? Check out the story a local bike shop did on Phil Adams when he went as a first-timer in 2013.