Over the summer Adam Timmons rode farther on his bike than most
people drove their cars.
Timmons, a member of CSU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, rode 4,000
miles in 64 days, going from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.
The cross-country trek was part of the fraternity’s annual
Journey of Hope, a bicycle tour the fraternity brothers use to
raise money for people with disabilities.
After being accepted for the Journey of Hope ride in fall 2003,
Timmons had to raise $5,000 in pledges for his cross-country ride.
In total, this year’s group raised $400,000 nationally.
As well as cycling an average of 70 miles a day, the riders
spent their afternoons in “Friendship Visits” with towns across the
“Once we get off the bike, the day really begins,” Timmons
In one town, Timmons spent the afternoon sharing a tandem bike
with a blind woman. In another, he went swimming with children who
have Down Syndrome.
Timmons, who was not a cyclist prior to signing on for the tour,
said he spent some time training around Fort Collins in preparation
for his cross-country ride.
“The biking was a big deal, but honestly it’s the people you
meet (that are most important),” he said.
Colorado was the most biker-friendly state the group rode
through, Timmons said. Drivers did not usually bother the group,
which was escorted by safety vehicles. Once, a car “buzzed” the
group by driving to close, but no one was injured.
Riding through the Rocky Mountains was an intense experience for
“There were guys who could downhill at 50 mph if they wanted,”
When the bike journey ended, Rob Schneider, the president of Pi
Kappa Phi, was there as Timmons’ group arrived in Charleston,
“Adam is an amazing person,” said Schneider, who helped Timmons
decide to join the Journey of Hope this summer. “I actually got to
see him in action. He put on a dress for a skit to make those kids
laugh. When those guys ride in, the kids are so excited.”
The Journey of Hope, is preparing for its 18th year on the road
and is part of Push America, Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy
that organizes a variety fundraising and awareness activities for
people with disabilities.
Many in the Greek community were glad to see Timmons’
“Adam is a great representation of what people in Greek Life can
do,” said Erin Datteri, director of public relations for Greek
Life. “He spent his whole summer riding his bike and every day he
did community service.”