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Journey of Hope

South Route Orientation and Kick-Off Events

Orientation offers a chance for team members to get acquainted, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead.

Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Long Beach understand that orientation is a retreat setting and team members will not be available to see family and friends until the afternoon of Wednesday, June 13. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites in Long Beach. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.

Crew Travel Information
All crew members must arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) for Journey of Hope Crew Training  no later than 3:00 p.m. PST on Monday, May 28th 2018. Transportation from Airport will be provided. Anyone driving or arriving prior to May 28 should report directly to Crew Training site in Gig Harbor, WA by 3:00 p.m. PST.

Cyclist Travel Information
Cyclists on South route must report to Long Beach Airport (LGB) or the orientation site in Long Beach, CA by 1:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Cyclists on South Route must arrive at Long Beach Airport (LGB) for the Team Orientation no later than 1:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Anyone driving or arriving prior to June 9 should report directly to Team Orientation Site in Long Beach, CA by 1:00 p.m. PST on June 9, 2018. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Aquarium Visit and Dinner
The 2018 Journey of Hope South will wrap up their time in Long Beach with a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific, followed by the team's Kick-Off Dinner at Naples Rib Company on Wednesday, June 13. Both events are open to family and friends to join the team. Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin as well as a detailed explanation of the next morning's schedule of events.

Registration: To register for kickoff event, click here!

Journey of Hope Kick-Off 
The 2018 Journey of Hope South team will depart for Ontario and their first day of cycling on Thursday, June 14. Following a kick-off breakfast at Pine Ave Pier in Long Beach (next to Aquarium of the Pacific), the team will be departing at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 7:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.

Sites to See 
Long Beach is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in Long Beach and surrounding areas:

  • The Pike
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Queen Mary
  • Universal Studios
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood Sign

Hotel Accommodations 
Parents and family are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in Long Beach. Team member accommodations will be provided by The Ability Experience.

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Long Beach, please contact Terrie Smith at tsmith@abilityexperience.org or (980) 318-5380.