Wake Forester chronicling journey on blog
by David Leone
WAKE FOREST — “Woke up at 5 a.m. … ate a hearty breakfast, and made our way out on an 82-mile ride. My expectations for the ride were low, as I had no idea how beautiful the country farm lands between Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem were. I really assumed it would be one of our uglier routes, but I was totally wrong! The ride was gorgeous, the weather was perfect.”
Kim Murphy, a 23-year-old Wake Forest resident, is on the road with Bike and Build (featured in our Feb. 28 issue), chronicling her experiences on a blog along the way.
The group of 18- to 25-year-olds is cycling from Nags Head to San Diego, Calif., stopping at predetermined locations to help Habitat for Humanity build houses along the way. They stay overnight in participants’ homes or churches, accepting food and hospitality where given.
The journey began May 17. They rode 70 miles the first day on flat roads to Swan Quarter, 30 miles to Belhaven the next day and then to Greenville. After another 84-mile stretch, Murphy and crew stopped in Wake Forest May 20-21, staying at North Wake Church.
“So far, it’s been good,” Murphy said after biking over to Wake Forest Coffee Company to fuel up before heading out on the next leg. “It got pretty hilly yesterday. I really enjoyed it. I like hills more than I like flat. It gets really boring.”
The crew cycled to Chapel Hill, where they spent two days with Habitat of Orange County’s Brush with Kindness initiative, where aging houses are repaired and revitalized.
“It seems like a really awesome Habitat chapter that has made great strides in building affordable homes in Chapel Hill, an area … known for having incredibly high housing rates,” Murphy wrote in her blog. “I worked at the home of Ms. Bradshaw, who had a back porch that needed to be taken down and reconstructed, as it was over 20 years old and much of the wood was rotted.”
Work completed, they then mounted up and took off for Winston-Salem, Davidson, Charlotte and beyond.
As part of Murphy’s $4,500 fundraising for the trip, she received a Giant Avaii road bike from the Bike and Build organization.
“It’s built for durability,” she said. “Hopefully it gets me to San Diego.”
To follow Murphy’s progress online, see nc2sandiego.wordpress.com.