Aug 262004
 
Authors: Lila Hickey

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

country.

“Once we get off the bike, the day really begins,” Timmons

said.

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

Timmons.

“There were guys who could downhill at 50 mph if they wanted,”

he said.

When the bike journey ended, Rob Schneider, the president of Pi

Kappa Phi, was there as Timmons’ group arrived in Charleston,

S.C.

“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’

success.

“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.”

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