Peter Crimmin: President, Director, 2019 BBP Ride Coordinator
The year 2019 is my 9th year of pilgrimage (some people have done all 15). I came for the idea of mixing Buddhism with bicycles, returned for the people I’d met, and now I’m focused on service and volunteering. I’ve been energized by our new routes, new pilgrimages, and news waves of pilgrims. All thanks to our teachers.
Brian Kruse: Vice President, Website
I found the BBP ride back in 2015 when I first began cycling again since I was a teenager. The distance scared me as I hadn’t rode that far yet, so my partner and I decided we’d like to volunteer first to get a look at the process. WOW, what I good idea that was. We really enjoyed the vibe, the people and the theme of the ride (which is set with intention each year). In fact, I still have the theme stickers that were handed out to everyone as a reminder by putting on their bikes and in my case my car. It was “contentment and gratitude”. In 2016 the Dharmawheels board asked for interest and I jumped at the chance to help. I will look forward to this ride as long as I can as the group is such a kind and loving one. And I come all the way from Portland, OR!
Andrew Hillman: Director, 2018 Volunteer Coordinator
I stumbled across a flyer for the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage at Eugene Cash’s Sunday Night Meditation in 2007. I thought, “Fantastic! This combines two of my passions.” Been back every year since. I know the event itself is only one weekend but I carry it with me throughout the entire year. In the middle of Winter I’m thinking, “I need to do my at least 70 miles every week” to maintain my fitness for the Pilgrimage in September. I love the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage.
Stephen Altman: Director
I have ridden the BBP for several years, and previously volunteered as a Rest Stop and Bus Coordinator. I came across the Pilgrimage while visiting Spirit Rock but did not believe I was able to complete the course at that time, having bicycled mostly as a commuter. I waited until the following year to ride my first pilgrimage when temperatures reached 110 degrees. Since that time I have embraced cycling as a recreational passion, on the road, in the mountains and for urban travel.
I encourage anyone to participate in any small or large way that they feel moved to, whether it would be as a volunteer or rider for part of or the whole route. See you on the road!
Julie DeHart: Director
I had the honor of serving as the Registrar for the very first Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage so many years ago and have been drawn to serve
on a volunteer basis for many years since. Let’s see,,,, kitchen crew, rest stop, monastic vehicle driver: I have enjoyed every opportunity
to serve in any capacity needed because the event always creates and nurtures a community of friendliness, cooperation, generosity, fun and most importantly Buddhist principles in action. It is a joy to have the opportunity again this year to serve.
Paul Ries: Director, Treasurer
2017 Route Cue Sheet coordinator
2017 Route Marking coordinator
I started meditating in 2004 and immediately saw a connection with my cycling so found Dharmawheels on the Web. After participating a few years, I looked for a way to contribute as a volunteer. I wanted to still do the ride so I picked route marking and done it ever since. In 2011, a large group of Board members were standing down, so several of us signed up. I was the Secretary for 4 years, and now I’m the Treasurer. Last year I helped design the new route and cue sheets, and I’ll be marking the route two days before the pilgrimage this year.
Martine Shelley: Director
I heard about the pilgrimage from my partner, who had ridden it a few times and raved about it. In 2011, I surprised myself and rode every mile of it! Since then I’ve supported the last four (or five?) as rest stop, route marking, monastery prep and rider check-in crew. I was very touched one year when the board took a lot of trouble so I could ride a short stretch with my partner and his brother. It’s such a heart-felt event, bringing together the dharma, pilgrimage and great people. I’m looking forward to helping facilitate and practicing “on my feet”.
Sun Yom: Director
I had a great time volunteering last year to setup each rest stop with my team. Our team had so much fun whether it was raining or shining. I cheered everyone when they made it to the rest stop and when they got back on the road. I love to help and work together as a team. It delights me to see everyone, riders and the volunteers alike pour their heart out and care for one another. BBP it’s a delicious soup I want to be a part of.
Scott Green: Director
I was first introduced to mindful cycling through the Hazon Environmental ride. A few years later I had the good fortune to join the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage’s to Alokha Vihara and then then along the classic route to Abhayargiri. Both rides were truly transformative and inspiring. I am humbled to be on the Dharma Wheels Board and look forward to serving our community. I love the Dharma and am delighted to explore its expression through the path of cycling.
Clay Smith: Director
The first year on BBP I biked the first day then volunteered the second day. While I like biking, it was definitely more fun to volunteer. The following year I lead the rest stop teams. It was delightfully challenging and really look forward to doing it again and even better than the year before. Looking to improve the website too so we can keep BBP going for another 10 years.