Biking through nine states in one month for a good cause
In 2013, Arts and Sciences Honors Program alumna, Gabrielle Rossi SAS ’14 was part of the first “Dream Journey” of students biking from NJ to Florida for a cause. Five years later, Rossi’s creation, The Dream Project NJ, led SAS Honors students Alexander Lopez-Perez SAS ’18 and Xiangyue "Max" Wang SAS ’21 to complete the same journey. Lopez-Perez, Wang, and three other Rutgers students--Hope McCraw ’18, Sakib Jalal ’18, and Neeharika Thuravil ’20-- biked 2,000 miles through nine states over the course of one month, making stops along the way to participate in community service projects related to youth homelessness.
Wang first learned about The Dream Project after meeting Lopez-Perez on a bus to the annual SAS Honors Winter Formal. Wang recalls, “Alex was kind, friendly, and, above all, inspiring. A week after the formal, I received a text from Alex that said, ‘Max, have you ever thought about bicycling from New Brunswick to Miami for a good cause?’”
Between its five members, the Dream Project NJ raised over $10,000 during its 2018 biking trip. Proceeds will go to the Visions and Pathways, an organization serving abused, neglected, homeless, and at-risk youth.
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Follow their journey from Jersey to the Sunshine State
Day 2 - Philadelphia, PA
"Our bodies were telling us to go back, but our minds said--maybe tomorrow."
Day 3 - Harve De Grace, MD
Successfully changing a tire.
Day 8 - Richmond, VA
Volunteering at Home Again Richmond, homeless shelter.
Day 9 - Williamburg, VA
Thanks to proud Rutgers parents Martha and Jim Gullo for hosting us.
Day 10 - Norfolk, VA
Sleeping on the U.S.S. Wisconsin, now a museum.
Day 11 - Greenville, NC
Took a water break.
Day 20 - Myrtle Beach, SC
A day without peanut butter sandwiches is a good day.
Day 21 - Charleston, SC
1000 miles behind, 1000 miles to go. We were camping next a swamp.
Day 22 - Savannah, GA
"Our hosts took us kayaking and paddle-boarding"
Day 26 - Jacksonville, FL
Writing The Dream Project in the sand.
Day 31 - Miami, FL
We took a trip to Miami!
Day 32 - Miami, FL
Tour of Hard Rock Stadium with Myles Pistorius, RC'93
"My experience in the Rutgers Honors program helped me imagine a vast array of possibilities for myself, and I think the Dream Project is largely a byproduct of that environment. My professors, deans, and classmates constantly pushed me to think bigger, better, and bolder in that I was always asking, What can I do to play my part in making the world a sightly brighter place."
--Gabrielle Rossi SAS'13, Head Dreamer, The Dream Project
Follow the route of The Dream Project below.