Biking and building across America

Thirteen Purdue students will take part in Bike & Build  across America. (WLFI Photo)
Thirteen Purdue students will take part in Bike & Build across America. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Thirty-seven hundred miles in 71 days. Thirteen Purdue students are spending the summer biking across the country, while building homes along the way.

Robert Caddy and Brooke Waln are two of the riders participating in this summer’s Bike and Build.

The program pairs college students and young adults from around the country to help raise money and build affordable homes. In order to qualify, participants must raise at least $4,500 and log 500 miles of training on a bike.

Waln said she comes from a family that needed affordable housing and wants to give back.

“It’s a really personal issue for me,” said Waln. “A bike ride like this where I can help so many people all across the country find affordable housing when it’s not available, is really big,”

Caddy and Waln will be joined by 29 other college students as they bike from Providence to Seattle.

The other 11 Purdue riders will bike one of the seven other routes offered by the program.

For more information about each rider and how to donate, click on the names below: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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