King 2 King: Day 2 @suepyridez

It’s the morning of Day 2 and excitement is still in the air.

Today we are leaving Stone Mountain Park and heading to Oconee River Campground. I hear there’s great fishing there.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of history about Dr. King delivered by the park ranger who actually rode up on her bike in her commute to the office. It will be a great day when this would be the norm.

The BRAG Dream Team in their yellow and green jerseys. These are a great groups of youths who I will enjoy getting to know over the next two weeks. This is historic and amazing that we even get to tour together. Grateful for the ability to transform a few lives and inspire others as we cycle through.

We’re seeing some very interesting and educational things just in the first day with the visits to the King Historic Site, his original home and the National Civil and Human Rights Center. For the new center we were the first youth group to ever visit – historic. They don’t officially open until Monday so we can claim that to ourselves.

Najah Walker, our newest cyclist, successfully completed her very first 30+ mile day! This is a major milestone for her and she NEVER got off the bike to walk. I am so very proud of her.

 

King 2 King: Living the Dream Tour begins

It’s Day 1 and excitement is in the air this morning! Well, I know I’m excited. The conversations last night were infused with laughter smiles and conversations with parents. I know I’m excited. It was heavy lifting to get to this point and I am so glad we were able to make this trip happen. looking at the smiling faces, I know that they will be having one of the most interesting and often times exhilarating times of their lives!

The kids are looking good!
Today marks the official start of the King to King: Living the Dream tour that combines the two youth cycling groups of Spoke’n Revolutions and the BRAG Dream Team. Congratulations to the BRAG Dream Team in this 20th year of creating activities dedicated to the development of youth by engaging them in fantastic adventures on the bicycle. The goal of Spoke’n Revolutions Youth Cycling is to match their 20 years and raise the bar for youth, cycling and a lifetime of adventure.

Here’s to youth, life’s adventures and the great invention of the bicycle. A vehicle that continues to transform the lives of all those who come to know it.

Don’t get spoiled; but here’s the agenda for today as we kickoff this historic event:

Saturday – 6/21

  • 6:00 am Wake up and eat breakfast @ Coach Atiba’s house
  • 7:00 Depart for Civil Bikes Shop on bikes
  • 7:30 Civil Bikes led MLK Youth Days Tour of Atlanta
  • 9:30 Return to Civil Bikes/Depart for Fernbank Museum 10:00 Service Project at Fernbank Museum
  • 12:00 pm Depart Fernbank Museum/Return to King Center
  • 12:30 Lunch Meeting at King Center with National Parks Service staff
  • 3:00 Options • Return to Coach Atiba’s house to rest • Visit to REI/Performance Bikes/Store for supplies
  • 5:00 Final packing of vans at Atiba’s house
  • 5:30 Depart for King Center
  • 6:00 Depart for Stone Mountain Park
  • 7:30 Arrive at Stone Mountain Park campground
    • • Set up tents
    • • Hike Stone Mountain for dinner & dream session

The Monument of a Man

Youth Groups

join us for a day!


Ride With Us
 

The Monument of a Man: Cycling Through A Legacy from King Center Historic Site to King National Memorial.

The National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) will partner with Triangle Bikeworks through its Spoke’n Revolutions (SnR) program and the BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) Dream Team to engage a diverse group of youth from North Carolina and Georgia in a cycling adventure linking the King Historic Site in Atlanta with the King Memorial site in Washington, DC. They will discover America’s Great Outdoors by visiting National Parks and state parks along the way. Seeing this world up close and from the seat of a bike.

Through this meaningful and relevant experience, youth participants will not only make connections to the outdoors/public lands so that they will consider becoming future stewards, they will also engage in personal and social growth enabling them to develop important life skills.

About The Project

Established in 2010, the mission of the Triangle Bikeworks’ programs are to expand the horizons of youth by providing opportunities they couldn’t imagine. This is accomplished through a 3-4 year intensive leadership program, involving year-round cycling activities, community service projects, and preparation for continuing education and career development.

This 700-mile journey will provide the teens with the opportunity to travel across the United States by bicycle, a luxury they would not otherwise be able to afford. During their travels, they will also engage in recreational and educational activities at federal, state, and local sites that will expose them to the physical and cultural geography of the nation. The goal is that the youth cyclists will develop an appreciation for preserved and natural spaces as they cycle through and stop in them.

Focusing on the important role Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has played in shaping our country, the project will address the NPS’s challenge of engaging diverse communities. This tour will use the legacy of Dr. King to engage youth in learning the rich history of the United States by placing them in the spaces where the history was made. They will get there under their own power via the bicycle. In the spirit of the Civil Rights non-violent, passive resistance movement that was led by Dr. King, the historical theme of Freedom will be explored. The timeliness of this project is special as it is the 70th anniversary of Dr. King’s first political speech at the age of 16 in Dublin, GA when he was selected the winner of an oratorical contest.

Some of the participants come from a demographic that is disproportionately affected by obesity. They will learn the importance of health and wellness (physical, mental, and social) through cycling, hiking, and camping activities. Opportunities provided by the trip and pre-trip training exercises will encourage participants to develop an appreciation for more active lifestyles. Through outdoor recreation and camping activities within the National and state parks, participants will also become more environmentally conscious, learning how to reduce their carbon footprint.

If you believe in the program as we believe in the youth participating, take a moment and make a small contribution to ensure they have all they need. Every dollar donated goes toward youth programming. Donate Here