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Journey of Hope

North 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 the San Francisco area understand that orientation is a retreat setting and team members will not be available to see family and friends until the afternoon of Saturday, June 9. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites around the Bay Area. 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 28, 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 North Route must arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for the Team Orientation no later than 1:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Anyone driving or arriving prior to June 5 should report directly to Team Orientation Site in Pescadero, CA by 1:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off & Kick-Off Dinner
The 2018 Journey of Hope North team will kick off from the Golden Gate Bridge Visitors' Center near Fort Point National Historic Site on Saturday, June 9th at 3:00p.m. If you are interested in joining the team for the kickoff festivities, please arrive at 2:30 p.m. to allow plenty of time to take photos prior to the team's departure.

The team will cycle across the bridge, ending at the kickoff dinner location at San Rafael Joe's (931 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901). Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin. There will also be a detailed explanation of the next morning's schedule of events.

On Sunday, June 10, the team will have breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites (101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903). Circle up and send off will be at 7:30 a.m.

Registration: Please click here to register for the kickoff events using this link.

Sites to See 
The Bay Area is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in San Francisco and surrounding areas:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Alcatraz
  • Lombard Street
  • San Francisco Cable Car System
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Muir Woods National Monument

Hotel Accommodations 
Parents and family are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in the Bay Area. Feel free to stay at the same hotel as the team (Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903), The hotel's phone number is (415) 499-9222. Breakfast at the hotel is included with your reservation. Team member accommodations are provided by The Ability Experience.

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