Appetizers
July 7, 2009
Hunger relief: Pastors on a bamboo bike built for three

Three Lutheran pastors from West Virginia are in the middle of a 100-day journey throughout America to raise money for worldwide hunger relief. The pastors -- David Twedt, Ron Schlak and Fred Soltow -- left Chicago May 13 and plan to arrive in Minneapolis on Aug. 19.

They hope to bring in $5 million -- $1 for every pedal stroke on their odyssey. They will be in our area Saturday July 11 and will participate in events open to everyone. That day, the trio will begin a public ride at 9:30 a.m. in Winters, departing from Main Street and Railroad Avenue and arriving in Davis around 11 a.m.

Then it's on to Sacramento to visit the First English Community Church's community garden (3860 4th Ave.) at 1:30 p.m. and make several other stops along the way. Cyclists are encouraged to join the ride.

The pastors chose a bamboo bike because bamboo is the material of choice for new bikes being built for the needy in Ghana. In America, bamboo has become something of a novelty for bike frames, as it has for everything from floors to kitchen cutting boards. Prominent California bike builder Calfee Designs, long know for its high-quality carbon fiber bikes, built the three-person bamboo bike. Though that bike is one of a kind, bamboo bikes are now a part of the company's regular production. Such frames are considered strong as well as eye-catching.

For more information about the events in Davis, contact Jack Kenward at 530-753-5747 or kenward2@dcn.org.

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