Testimonials - What others have said about deCycles
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"We rode 1500-miles with our bodies, 10,000-miles with our minds, and a million miles with our spirit."
Norm Houze, deCycles Director.

"I could've made more money at my summer job.   Instead, I became richer by going on the deCycles trip."
Zachary May, Vincennes University junior and deCycles 2002 Rider of the Year.

"I hereby proclaim the 22nd day of June 2002 as 'deCycles Day' and urge all of Bloomington to recognize this youth bicycling group and send them forth with speed and safety on their mission of peace."
John Fernandez, Mayor of Bloomington during 2002 ceremonial sendoff downtown.

"Be the peace you want to see in this world!"
Cricket Houze, deCycles devotions leader

"Life is like a bike. Some people don't have a bike! I am thankful for deCycles."
Jack Quigley, deCycles veteran songleader

I would highly encourage everyone to take this trip, yes even those that have graduated. I took this trip this past year and it was amazing. The trip is difficult, dirty, and frustrating at times, but there is more amazing than anything else.  I came back after the trip able to do anything. I went for a ride with a pro female and she asked me to slow down on a climb, I cut 5 min off my half marathon, and I looked really good and skinny. This trips looks so beautiful and is a once in a lifetime experience and would be a great bonding trip for the KD team. Please considered giving it a try and fit it in your summer schedule, you will be very happy you did.
Lauren Ziemba,
deCycles 2009, IU graduate, Little 5 All-Star Veteran

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!  deCycles has been an instrumental part in Ashley's life and without the free airfare, she would not have been able to go this year.  I am looking forward to summer 2011 when nursing school is finished and I can ride with you!
Mike Lewandowskl 

You can't see me, but I'm doing a little yippee yea dance. Thanks, Norm. We're all very excited Erin is going on deCycles again!!!
Becky Boyle

"This trip was an experience of a lifetime for me. I’ve learned new things about myself. What stuck with me most was “take one pedal at a time”. Through good and bad, this will help me strive and become the best “me”! I am also opened to the world of opportunities and makes me want to work even harder in school. I’m so excited for future adventures. When things get tough, I’ll just remember my deCycles trip."
Chris Lambert, rookie rider

"When I first heard about the trip, it sounded amazing and unrealistic. Then when the training started, I didn’t think I could do it. Others who believed in me helped me to believe in me. But finally on the trip, I got to experience new places and different people all helping to make me grow. I realized I can accomplish anything I put in my mind. I’m so thankful I didn’t give up and actually finished the entire trip. I’ll never forget the people and the places. Thanks for making this trip possible."
Megan Lambert, 22, rookie rider

"First I would like to thank you for such a moving, fun, and educational trip this summer! While I did not realize it at the time, it was a great period of physical, but more importantly emotional and spiritual growth for me.  Every time I reflect on the people, sights, and lessons of the trip I realize more fully how special the experience was to me. Along with forming great new friendships, I felt privileged to be there as part of deCycles when we paid tribute to those lost in the 9/11 attacks. I did not understand what really happened when I was 8 years old the day of the attacks. Over the years I had gleaned bits of the meaning from stories of adults, but it was not until my experience this summer that I really began to appreciate how 9/11 forever altered my life and the lives of those in my generation. I am deeply thankful to both of you for giving me this opportunity to learn and experience in at least a small way what it means to be an American, and more broadly, a member of a strong, loving community.  I have attached an essay I am writing for college about what heroes mean to me, and how my conception of heroes changed over the course of the trip."
Grant Nice, rookie rider