Journey of Hope is a project designed to forward the cause of people with disabilities. The riders forge a trail of acceptance and understanding across the nation while fundraising to support programs that benefit people with disabilities. Participants are members of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, which has branches on college campuses nationwide. Each of three 35-member teams begins its journey in a west coast city — Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
“Each rider has to raise $5,500 to participate in the ride,” said Mike McBride, project manager for the Seattle group. “We raise over $600,000 for the trips, grants and projects. The cyclists train all year long to get ready for this.”