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    To raise support and visibility for AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corps, while becoming an agent for social change over 3,100 miles of biking.

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    AVODAH is an organization that provides an opportunity for young people to engage in social justice work while fostering Jewish values. We Corps member live in an intentional Jewish community while engaging in work for social change.

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Hosts

The night after waking up on a peach farm, we stopped for dinner in a diner, again, about 10 miles short of our goal from the morning. JP ordered a Smothered and Covered plate of every possible breakfast food you could imagine and cottage cheese. Emma and Alli ordered a burger and fries and and salad and the chicken special. They brought our our food and were astonished after the meal to see that they did not even need to clean our plates, we ate till they sparkled.

At this diner, we were also offered a place to stay in town by our neighbors at the next table over. We politely declined and said we wanted to bike further that evening. A few minutes after the completion of our meal, we looked down at the paper where she had written her address and agreed that the meal had done us in: we were ready to take our full stomachs to bed.

This woman told us how inspired she was by our commitment and passion. She told us that it gave her hope to see young people making such a journey who were spreading ideas on how work is being done to improve society or repair the world. Of course she would host us, and prepare a huge breakfast before our next day on the road, and let us shower and let us do our laundry. We slept in her comfortable garage with our camping gear.

The next night, we ran into a couple on a tandem bike. Not only did they offer to host us, they supplied us with fuel for biking (cliffbars and powerade!) and taught us lessons about clipless pedals.

When you are biking, rather than thinking about your movement as a box, hitting four corners, it helps to think of your stroke as a circle, applying equal and full exertion all the way around. Our shoes are clipped in to our pedals so that our feet do not move or fall off. When we pull up, just as much energy can be used as when we push down. Try pretending like you are in gym class and having to lift your quads up to touch the bar, he said. Full motion, yielding the greatest force from the greatest potential. The next day, we felt like we were flying with this new insight.

These are our wonderful accomodations in Indiana:

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