*This story first appeared in The Budget’s May 30, 2018, Local Edition.
By Beverly Keller
Through rain, wind, heat and cold, Jesse Mullet has been through it all while pedaling his way across America since May 1. The goal: raise funds and awareness for the work of Pure Gift of God, a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping ease the financial burdens of adoption.
The journey began on the West Coast. On day 1, he had a riding partner, his father. As he came through Holmes and Tuscarawas counties last week, friends and local bikers came out to pedal with Mullet. Some were serious bikers and strapped into their pedals early in the day to take part. Others were casual riders who simply wanted to show support.
A group pedaled in at Bethel Church on State Route 39 and rode the route to nüCamp RV, where Mullet stopped to rest for a bit on Friday afternoon. He is a familiar face at the company on Belden Parkway as he serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Going the distance for Pure Gift of God is nothing new for Mullet who has run marathons in the past to benefit the group. “I feel good,” Mullet said while stopped last Friday on the trek that will wrap up on May 31 on the east coast. “We will complete the 3,400 miles.”
The goal is to raise $150,000 by the end of the ride. To get involved, check out the gofundme.com page – Pedal For Orphans. Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 607, Sugarcreek, OH 44681. Checks should be made payable to Pure Gift of God. To watch Mullet’s progress, check out the live feed online at www.pedalfororphans.com
(Photos by Beverly Keller & Jason Keller, The Budget)