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Bike riders take time out to repair homes

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Riders with The Fuller Center For Housing, a non-profit Christian ministry, are pedaling a good cause.

The group will travel across the country on bikes in an effort to raise money for the fight against poverty housing.

"It's a lot of fun to come out and ride bikes, go across the country, work on houses and know that you're making a difference for people who need it," said Fuller Center cyclist Dan Zanssick.

The 3,600 miles ride kicked off in Atlantic City.

"To start our ride we're helping with some hurricane sandy recovery work," said Fuller Center, Director of International Field Operations and cyclist Ryan Iafigliola.

The Fuller Center and Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group partnered up to work on a home for a young family.

"Everywhere we go we're just helping to support what the local community is doing," expressed Iafigliola.

"Ah this is great when we get groups like this," said Atlantic City Long Term Group site manager, Lee Jennings.

"We're just very grateful that they stopped here to do some work to help us rebuild while they're in town," said Sonia Massie of Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group.

65 cyclists, 15 of which will make a long trek from New Jersey to Astoria, Oregon, cycling an average of 75 miles a day and rolling through 15 states.

"Yeah, it's a big ride," said Zanssick.

The cyclist will stop in 9 cities to help rebuild homes along there cross-country adventure.

"You’re interacting with other people.  You’re feeling the camaraderie.  You’re feeling the encouragement and you're beginning to see something destroyed come back together,” described Iafigliola.

The riders will continue their bike journey Saturday morning at 8:30 with the next stop being Pittsburgh.

The final leg of their 10-stop journey will end in Oregon August 10, 2014.

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