"This is definitely the summer of a lifetime in that there are so many memories," said Oliver Wright, a Pi Kappa Phi cyclist.
Twenty-six members of the leadership based fraternity started in San Francisco earlier this summer on Push America's "Journey of Hope" - a mission to bike 3,600 miles to Washington D.C. in support of people with disabilities. Thursday, the cyclists made their second to last stop at the Potomac Center in Hagerstown, a state residential center for people with intellectual disabilities.
"Its not just about opening our doors for them to stay but they really like to engage with the residents and have friendship opportunities," said Robin Weagley, CEO at the Potomac Center.
Each cyclist committed to raising a minimum of 55 thousand dollars for people with disabilities, in the hopes of enhancing their quality of life. In addition to raising funds, the cyclists connected with the residents at the varying centers they visited.
"They real cool. They cool, and they nice, they friendly," said Jerrod Turner, a resident at the Potomac Center.
The feeling is mutual. Crew chief Ryan Foerstel says the best part of the experience is connecting with the very people "Journey of Hope" represents.
"Its my favorite part its the whole reason I'm here. Its the whole reason I did the trip the first time. I was happy to have the opportunity to do it again," said Foerstel.
The bikers will be making their final stop at the nation's capitol August 2.
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