Volunteers Pedal 3,755 Miles While Rebuilding Damaged Homes

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- 30 dedicated volunteers are pedaling almost 4,000 miles this summer, from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Along the way they're building and remodeling damaged homes.

The Bike and Build group stopped in Superior today for the 4th year in a row to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild a home to Green Community standards.

"Every year they bring an enthusiasm and just a ton of spirit and get a ton of work done," said Habitat for Humanity Director, Daryl Yankee.

The home will serve as a demonstration project for Habitat affiliates from all over Minnesota.

The bike-ride serves 2 purposes.

"I really wanted to travel the country and this is a way to do it, while also doing something positive for the community," said Bike and Build rider, Ricky Holzer.

The group of 30 came from all over the country, and this week they're remodeling a home donated by Super One Foods.

The volunteers will have 10 build days during their 70 day cross-country trip.

"The fact is that we're saving homes rather than introducing new inventory to the mix. We know here in the Twin Ports that we've got a lot of great housing, but a lot of it needs a little help," said Yankee.

A typical day for the bikers starts at 5am, and covers at least 5 hours of pedaling.

"Some days we ride up to 100 miles, and it's 7-8 hours on the bike."

While some of the volunteers love the cross-country biking, the overall group dynamic, and traveling, others primarily enjoy giving back.

"Affordable housing is a really big issue and it's like a nationwide crisis, so being able to give back and help people out who need some housing needs is definitely awesome," said Bike and Build rider, Josh Torr.

"I love the fact that people come out and give their time, and their energy, and their talents, and their money to make sure that somebody else has a safe place to sleep at night. It's a beautiful thing," said Yankee.

The 30 bike and build members trip runs from June 17th through August 25th.

Elsa Robins