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Sea to Sea Cyclists Take a "Brake" at Trinity

A small boy zooms by the crowd on his bike, the training wheels steadying his wobbly ride past the 150 Sea to Sea Tour cyclists praying outside the Ozinga Chapel.

Wednesday morning’s send-off service ended their overnight visit to Trinity’s campus on August 12 and 13 and began the next leg of their journey across the country for the Sea to Sea bike tour to end the cycle of poverty. The tour is sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church in partnership with the Reformed Church in America.  

Guest speaker Rev. Michael Kooy ’78, pastor of Grace Community CRC in Oak Lawn, Illinois, praised riders for being a testament to God’s love for the poor and for their work in the “church at street level.”

Student and tour participant Aaron Carpenter ’09 welcomed his fellow cyclists to Trinity where he also was able to see his mother Ginny Carpenter, vice president for student development, after many weeks away from home.

“This is a wonderful homecoming for me,” he told the crowd. “But it isn’t really a homecoming, because there is still work to do. We still have to get to the end. Even then we will still have this cause to carry on through the rest of our lives.”

Cyclists began to arrive on campus in the afternoon on August 12. Nearly 300 people, including cyclists; Trinity students, faculty, and staff; and friends, families, and neighbors, filled the Ozinga Chapel for the opening reception that evening. A film festival followed, featuring films on local and global poverty. Hosts were Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, alumnus Joe Huizenga ’01, and senior Emily Ward. (Ward’s documentary, filmed during Semester in Nicaragua, can be viewed here:

Five cyclists from the Trinity family are traveling a total of approximately 9,403 miles along different legs of the tour.

  • Ryan Bruxvoort ’06, alumnus – riding from Seattle to Jersey City—3,750 miles
  • Aaron Carpenter ’09, student – riding from Seattle to Jersey City—3,750 miles
  • Jill Feikema, staff – riding from Grand Rapids to Jersey City—784 miles
  • Melissa Kloostra ’00, alumna – riding from Madison to Jersey City—1,129 miles
  • Vonda Wielsma ’96, alumna – riding from Seattle to Jersey City – 3,750 miles

Nearly 50 local families hosted cyclists overnight, providing a special break from weeks of cycling and tent dwelling.

The tour began in Seattle, Washington, on June 28 and will end in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 30. For more information or to support a cyclist, visit the Sea to Sea Web site at


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