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bike to grow Why are we doing this?

What’s next? The question that always seems to get us dreaming about our next adventure.  Well, it’s about that time, so we’ve decided to put our biking knowledge back to use.  In July 2018, we’ll be biking from Canada to Mexico along the California Coast.  It’s 2,780 km from border to border and will take us the month of July.

We always talked about whether we would do another bike trip after biking across Canada in the summer of 2015, and it was never really a question.  We had fallen in love with cycle touring.  The crisp air in the mornings, the long days of pedaling and the best part, all the people we met along the way.  So, after a few years of working, it felt like time to get back on the bikes.  This time along the West Coast, another area we are both eager to explore.

The main focus for our first ride, of course, was the women in the GROW project motivating us all along the way.  The imprints they left on our hearts will never be forgotten, as they cheered us during the ride or the dances they shared with us when we visited their communities and as they continue to inspire us day in and day out with their hard work and motivation to create a beautiful life for their families.

Over the years, we have both found different but welcoming places in the MEDA family.  So, when it came time to decide on the motivation for this trip, it felt like an obvious response to focus on the WAY project in Nigeria.  As each chapter finds their passion for different projects, Sarah and I, work to find ways to support MEDA through adventures.  We believe in the goodness of people all around the world and look to continue to make more connections both with us and the work of MEDA.

We hope you’ll follow us in this next adventure.  It’s your support that gives us that extra strength at the end of each day.  Thank you for your continued support! 

Mary FehrMary Fehr is from Leamington, Ontario. She is the youngest daughter of Abe and Lisa Fehr, and leads an active life. Mary played junior ice hockey in Boston, which led her to Nichols College. At Nichols, she studied marketing and communication and started thinking about how she could integrate her studies into her life. Shortly after graduating in 2013, she traveled with MEDA to Tanzania for nine months. It was here that her interest in international development began. Towards the end of her internship, she and Sarah often asked each other "What's next?" That’s when they did their bike trip across Canada in 2015 to raise funds for women farmers in Ghana. According to Mary, "It only felt right to use this ride as a chance to give back to the wonderful work MEDA does every day." She is excited to embrace this new adventure from North to West now knowing that it will empower women and help children with MEDA’s Nigeria project.
Sarah FrenchSarah French, from Picton, Ontario, loves being active and is passionate about traveling. She enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, running, and biking. Ever since a yearlong exchange to Argentina, she has been "hooked" on traveling the world. After graduating with a degree in international relations, she traveled with MEDA to Nicaragua for seven months. It was there that she started exploring diverse economic conditions and the adversaries that MEDA faces in its work. Because of her understanding of these conditions, she developed a desire to help. After their bike ride across Canada, Sarah has since worked for MEDA in the fundraising sector and her passion to help support MEDA has grown from that experience.

Bike This Way - Calendar

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2018

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1

Surrey to Mt. Vernon

98.5 km

Seattle

129km

Day Off

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Olympia

120km

Bay Center

130km

Nehalem, OR

123km

Day Off

Depoe Beach

135km

Reedsport 

136km

Port Orford

129 km

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Crescent City, CA

133km

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McKinleyville

115km

Myers Flat

111km

Brooktrails

143km

Santa Rosa

105km

San Francisco

101km

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Santa Cruz

138km

Soledad

113km

Paso Robles

145km

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Santa Maria

106km

Santa Barbara

120km

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Day Off

Santa Monica

140km

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Laguna Beach

110km

San Diego

121km

Border of Mexico

26km

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