They traveled almost 2,000 miles to get here, but they didn’t rest when they reached Lawrence.
The 32 members of the Bike and Build crew spent Monday and Tuesday working on Habitat for Humanity’s latest project, in east Lawrence.
“Bike and Build is a nonprofit that runs eight routes across the country to fundraise for and spread awareness about affordable housing,” explained trip leader Kate Geronemus.
The Habitat home for the Mendoza family, on East 15th Street, was slated to be finished at the end of June, but monetary difficulties have pushed the deadline to August. Tammy Mendoza said having the cyclists to help move along the construction was very much appreciated.
“They’re doing a great job. They’re all a bunch of hard workers,” Mendoza said.
Habitat construction coordinator Mark Brooks echoed that sentiment about the crew’s work ethic.
“They catch right on to everything, and they rode their bicycles across the country to get here, so learning how to operate small hand tools is pretty small potatoes,” he said.
Brooks thinks the work the cyclists are doing is equal in value to the actual home they are helping build.
“In my opinion, it’s as much benefit to the homeowners — which is truly significant. It benefits the people that work on the thing every bit as much,” Brooks said.
Bike and Build has put in work days with Lawrence’s Habitat for Humanity for the past five years. Their attitude about Lawrence might explain their willingness to return year after year.
“Tremendously generous, very welcoming and kind community. (There) also seems to be a lot of support for this kind of work, so that’s been really inspiring,” Geronemus said.
The team will leave early this morning for Manhattan. Their final destination is San Francisco.