Bicyclist Jeff Williams is no stranger to long rides, but Williams says tomorrow’s 123-mile challenge is about something bigger.
On Saturday, June 23, the longtime Delaware resident plans to ride from the state’s highest point on Ebright Road, in north Wilmington, to sea level at the Delaware/Maryland line in Fenwick Island to raise awareness, and money, for Wilmington’s Sunday Breakfast Mission.
“It started as a challenge ride for myself. I’m always up for new challenges, kind of like a bucket list thing,” said Williams. “I’m a Christian man and I wanted to do it for a Christian cause. Being that the Sunday Breakfast Mission is near to my heart, I chose it.”
An 8-year supporter of the mission, the 49-year-old civil engineer hopes his ride will inspire others to understand the significance of the organization’s mission. The faith-based nonprofit serves the homeless, addicted and working poor, providing hundreds of thousands of meals, shelter, education and work training.
Williams will start his journey at 7 a.m. from the Pennsylvania/Delaware state line and make his way to the mission’s main building at 110 North Poplar Street in Wilmington. From there, he’ll receive a ceremonial send off at 8 a.m. and expects to arrive at his destination at the Bunting Avenue beach in Fenwick Island around 3 p.m.
With company for a portion of tomorrow’s ride, Williams invites additional bicyclists and cheerleaders who are up for the challenge.
Williams says you can also make a donation, just note “bike ride” in the gift information box online or on the memo line if sending a check.
It costs $1.92 to feed one person at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, so Williams hopes to raise $1,920 for the mission, enough to feed 1000 people.
Williams posted a video about why he’s riding on his Facebook page. You can watch it below: