In late 2010 on the couches of a Goshen College dormitory room, the dream for a pan-American cycling adventure was born. As roommates and friends we all shared a passion for biking. Gradually, as we voiced our ideas and hopes, a feasible trip began to form itself in our heads and hearts. The Anabaptist-Mennonite History course offered by John Roth provided a reason for a one-way trip to Paraguay. The wealth of Latino culture and Spanish language education in Goshen, IN provided a healthy context for preparation. Our own dreaming provided the raw material for what is looking to become the learning experience of a lifetime.
Though we share common expectations, we each bring different goals “to the saddle.” Our intentions include:
- Learning about sustainable farming practices in Ecuador
- Continuing studies of Anabaptism in Central and South America through interviews
- Opening ourselves to new perspectives on faith and what it means to be Christian
- Connecting with people amidst the diversity of cultures across South and North America
- Practicing and improving our Spanish language skills
- Challenging ourselves by leaving what we hold as familiar to discover something new
- Exploring the kingdom of God and worshiping with churches across South and North America
We all cite the need for a flexible balance between planning and improvisation; between volunteering and personal enrichment; between exploration and safety. Collectively, we represent a variety of disciplines and interests. Yet this goal remains: A self-supported adventure to experience land and people.