July 23, 2014
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Journey across America Guest blogger

Breanna Dobbe, a fourth-year advertising photography student, is about to embark on the adventure of her lifetime. Dobbe is spending her summer biking across the country, stopping to do community service work along the way, with an organization called Bike and Build. Dobbe’s group leaves Jacksonville on Friday and will arrive in San Francisco Aug. 16. Dobbe has agreed to be an honorary Tiger Beat blogger in an effort to chronicle her journey across America. Check back weekly to hear more tales from her trip. Here’s part one:

June 13—Jacksonville, Fla.

It has already been two days and it still hasn’t hit me that I’m actually going to bike across the country. I’ve met the entire group—all of which are very interesting and very different—learned about bike maintenance, bike safety, Habitat for Humanity, Bike and Build history, rules, consequences, what’s expected…the list goes on and on. My brain is on overload with everything that I need to remember. We went on a “shakedown ride” today—our first official ride as a group. Only 15 miles—baby steps for what’s ahead of us. We managed to have two crashes, a chain fall off and someone else who ran into a bush—yes, A BUSH. I think I’m ready for the trip though. A little nervous about the 70+ mile trips, and praying that I’m not one of the people that ends up in the hospital from a wreck (one kid just broke his pelvis from flipping over his handle bars…just lovely news). I have faith that I’ll make it through, and I know that everyone in the group will support each other throughout the entire trip. Tomorrow is our first build day, and the day after, our first ride. All of us can’t wait. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers as our adventure finally starts kicking in.

 

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