All this biking has definitely made me appreciate the great people I am riding with. Everyone is here because they want to be. We've had some great times like making human cinnamon rolls and dancing in the rain. It's a good feeling to be in the company of people who are like minded but also have a variety of personalities and skills to bring to the group. It's already bittersweet to think that we're almost halfway through the trip. I'm looking forward to getting to know this people even better as we continue this incredible journey together.
Bike & Build - Stacy's Cross Country Bike Trip
In the summer of 2015, Stacy biked across America with Bike & Build, to raise funds, spread awareness, and build homes for affordable housing.
Tennessee came and went in the blink of an eye. Today we made our way across the Mississippi River, crossing state lines into Arkansas. It was a disappointing state line again. It was not safe to bike on any of the bridges so we had to shuttle across in the van. The state line is right on the bridge, so we passed by the sign very quickly. Arkansas so far has been hot and windy. We're lucky to be staying in a beautiful church that is 130 years old. A generous group of the members are cooking us lasagna.
It was great to have our second day off in Memphis, TN. The city is rich with history. We walked down Beale Street during the day and got to see the old clubs and bars during their off hours. It was also great to see the Mississippi River for the first time. We had an amazing view of the entire city and the river from the top of the observatory in the massive Bass Pro Shop, the gem of Memphis. It's funny because when we would ask people the thing we needed to do while in Memphis, many would suggest the Bass Pro Shop. The store is housed in a reflective pyramid that is some 25 stories tall. Inside is the usual shop with all of your hunting and fishing needs. Addditionally, the shop includes a variety of indoor ponds with live catfish, a fudge shop, a restaurant and bowling alley, and a Ducks Unlimited exhibition. To top it off, you can take a special elevator to the top of the pyramid where there is a bar and a balcony with a beautiful view of the city. According to the locals, the pyramid was an event center and closed out for lack of money. Bass Pro bought it and converted it a few years ago and now it is a huge tourist attraction.
Stacy Sprewer is an artist who rides a bicycle. She uses her creativity and love of cycling to inspire positive change in society. During the summer of 2015, Stacy biked across America on a charity ride with Bike & Build.