Journey of Hope 2022

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.

Journey of Hope 2022

TransAmerica Route

Family and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Seattle understand that Orientation is for the team to prepare as a group for their time on the road. Time with family during this time will be limited. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites around Seattle. In fact, some team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.

Crew Travel Information

All crew members must arrive at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for Journey of Hope Crew Training no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 27, 2022. Transportation from CLT Airport will be provided. Anyone driving should report directly to The Ability Experience office by 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Cyclist Travel Information

Cyclists on the TransAmerica team must arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) for the Team Orientation no later than 2:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Anyone driving or arriving prior to June 5 should report directly to Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue (3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA) by 2:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Once your flight is booked, all cyclists must complete this Travel Confirmation Form.

Getting Your Bike To Orientation

All cyclists should bring their bikes on the plane with them as a checked bag. Check with airlines when booking your flight to confirm fees, but most major airlines charge a standard checked bag fee for bike boxes.

Bike should be packed in a cardboard bike box. Any team members using a hard-case bike box will be required to ship it home. Contact your local bike shop for help packing your bike. They should be able to provide you with a box for free or pack it for a small cost. Here is a video of how to pack a cardboard bike box yourself. Write your name on the outside of the box to be able to identify it at orientation.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner

The 2022 Journey of Hope TransAmerica Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on Tuesday, June 7. Dinner will be Lunchbox Lab Bellevue (989 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA) at 6:00pm.

Click Here to Register for Kickoff Dinner

Journey of Hope Kick-Off

The 2022 Journey of Hope TransAmerica team will depart from the Seattle area as they head for Enumclaw, WA on their first day of cycling Wednesday, June 8. The team will be departing at 8:00 a.m from Newcastle Beach Park (4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006). Please arrive at 7:30 a.m. to allow plenty of time for photos prior to the team’s Circle-Up and departure. No registration is necessary for the send off.

Sites to See

Seattle is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Remember, if you want to explore these sights with your team member, it must be done before Orientation; there will not be time during Orientation. Below are some local attractions in Seattle and surrounding areas:

Pike Place Market
Space Needle
Woodland Park Zoo
Waterfront Park
Seattle Great Wheel
Kerry Park

Hotel Accommodations

Family and friends are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in Seattle. Team member accommodations will be provided by The Ability Experience.

A room block has been set up at the team’s hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue (3225 158th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA 98008). To book your room at the family and friends rate CLICK HERE or by calling 800-559-4620 and using special group code JF5.

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Seattle, please contact Andrew Matznick at amatznick@abilityexperience.org or (980) 318-5387.

Journey of Hope 2022

North Route

Family and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to the San Francisco area understand that Orientation is for the team to prepare as a group for their time on the road. Time with family during this time will be limited. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites around the Bay Area. Some team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.

Crew Travel Information

All crew members must arrive at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for Journey of Hope Crew Training no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 27, 2022. Transportation from CLT Airport will be provided. Anyone driving should report directly to The Ability Experience office by 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Cyclist Travel Information

Cyclists on North route must arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for the Team Orientation no later than 2:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Anyone driving or arriving prior to June 9 should report directly to the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront (150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA) by 2:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 9.

Once your flight is booked, all cyclists must complete this Travel Confirmation Form.

Getting Your Bike to Orientation

All cyclists should bring their bikes on the plane with them as a checked bag. Check with airlines when booking your flight to confirm fees, but most major airlines charge a standard checked bag fee for bike boxes.

Bike should be packed in a cardboard bike box. Any team members using a hard-case bike box will be required to ship it home. Contact your local bike shop for help packing your bike. They should be able to provide you with a box for free or pack it for a small cost. Here is a video of how to pack a cardboard bike box yourself. Write your name on the outside of the box to be able to identify it at orientation.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner

The 2022 Journey of Hope North Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on Saturday, June 11 at 6:30pm. Dinner will be at Kincaid’s Burlingame (60 Bay View Pl, Burlingame).

Click Here to Register for North Kickoff Dinner

Journey of Hope Kick-Off

The 2022 Journey of Hope North team will depart for Napa and their first day of cycling on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. sharp from the Golden Gate Bridge Visitors’ Center near Fort Point National Historic Site. The team will hold their morning circle up and the depart at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive at 7:30 a.m. to allow plenty of time for photos prior to the team’s departure.

Sites to See

The Bay Area is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Remember, if you want to explore these sights with your team member, it must be done before Orientation; there will not be time during Orientation. Below are some local attractions in San Francisco and surrounding areas:

Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman’s Wharf
Alcatraz
Lombard Street
San Francisco Cable Car System
Ghirardelli Square
Muir Woods National Monument

Hotel Accommodations

Family and friends are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in the Bay Area. Team member accommodations are provided by The Ability Experience. A room block will be set up at the team’s hotel: Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront.

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in San Francisco, please contact Andrew Matznick at amatznick@abilityexperience.org or (980) 318-53987.