Cross-country Bike & Build crew makes traditional summer stop in Crookston

    Five young cyclists headed through Crookston to mail some packages at the Post Office late Thursday morning after riding from Bemidji the day before.    

    These five were part of the 34 young adults with the Bike & Build program, a national non-profit organization committed to supporting affordable housing.    

    The riders stayed at Wesley United Methodist Church on Eickhof Boulevard before heading out to Devils Lake, N.D. (their longest bike ride so far) early Friday.    

    The group was originally going to work with the Crookston Habitat for Humanity house on Wilson Avenue, but the build was cancelled due to scheduling difficulties. The group's last build was in St. Paul.    

    When asked about their travel days, Madeline Valentine of Grand Rapids, Michigan replied with, "We usually go on average about 70 miles per day. Sometimes we go more, but we usually ride for about six hours."    

    "I started biking in college so this has been really fun for me," said rider Katie Blodgett of Indianapolis, Indiana. "It's hard work, but we've raised money for a good cause."   

    "I haven't ever really cycled like this before, so this trip is my first time," added Andy Wilson of Charlotte, North Carolina.    

    Unlike his fellow riders, Wilson biked from his home in North Carolina to start the journey in New Hampshire.    

     Their journey began in Portsmouth, N.H. on June 12 and they will end in British Columbia later this summer. In order to participate, each rider raised at least $4,500 to help cover costs costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide.    

    At the end of the trip, the riders will collectively grant over $500,000 to affordable housing organizations around the U.S. Each city stop and host decide where their portion of the donation will go.