ALAMOSA — On his 11th annual bike ride for Habitat for Humanity, cyclist Tim Dellett of New York City is pedaling 1900 miles for affordable housing. This month-long epic bicycle journey started June 21 from Brooklyn and joins up with the annual Habitat 500 mile ride in Minnesota.
Nancy Wilkie, formerly of Alamosa now living in Madison, Wis. will join Dellett across the state of Wisconsin.
The SLV Bike Team – Jason Rutt and Aaron Koop of La Jara and Roger Rutt of Lancaster, Penn. – will meet up with Dellett in Minnesota and pedal the Habitat 500 miles together.
“I ride my bike every year for Habitat,” said Dellett. “I ride because I am passionate about the mission of Habitat for Humanity. I ride hearing the laughter of children who now have their own lawn to play on and rooms of their own. I ride seeing the pride of ownership on the faces of parents. I ride after working side by side with future homeowners, pounding nails in the construction of their own home. I ride because it is more than an intention - it is real, and it has worth.”
Dellett’s philosophy for this year’s ride is a quote from Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Donors and supporters can sponsor the cycling efforts for Habitat for Humanity. Pledges per mile or a specified amount can be sent to San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity; P.O. Box 1197; Alamosa, CO. Donations of $100 or more will receive Enterprise Zone Credit.
Along the way, Dellett will visit Habitat affiliates, connect with communities, and take in the greatness of our country and its people.
For 1,400 miles of his bike trek, Dellett will be riding solo. This first week of cycling started the first day of summer and crosses the state of New York.
Using pedal power as an expression of “love in action,” Dellett’s goal for the SLV Bike Team is to raise $75,000 for the work of Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a housing ministry building simple, decent affordable homes in partnership with those in need.
Habitat homes are constructed with volunteer labor, sweat equity by applicant family homeowners, and are purchased with no profit, zero-percent interest mortgages.
For more info about Dellett’s ride, log onto www.habitat2500.org and tune into KRZA radio each morning when Dellett gives his daily update.