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The Ability Experience

Journey of Hope

South Route Orientation and Kick-Off Events

Orientation offers a chance for team members to get acquainted, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead.

Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Long Beach understand that orientation is a retreat setting and team members will not be available to see family and friends until the afternoon of Wednesday, June 14. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites in Long Beach. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.

Cyclist Travel Information
Cyclists on South route must report to Long Beach Airport (LGB) or the orientation site in Long Beach, CA by 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner 
The 2017 Journey of Hope South Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on Wednesday, June 14. The kick-off dinner is currently being planned. Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin as well as a detailed explanation of the next morning's schedule of events.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off 
The 2017 Journey of Hope South team will depart for Ontario and their first day of cycling on Thursday, June 15. Following a kick-off breakfast at Pine Ave Pier in Long Beach (next to Aquarium of the Pacific), the team will be departing at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 7:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.

Sites to See 
Long Beach is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in Long Beach and surrounding areas:

  • The Pike
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Queen Mary
  • Universal Studios
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood Sign

Hotel Accommodations 
Parents and family are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in Long Beach. Team member accommodations will be provided by The Ability Experience.

Registration will be available February 2017!

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Long Beach, please contact Terrie Smith at tsmith@abilityexperience.org or (980) 318-5380.