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The Ability Experience

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.

Cyclist Travel Information
Cyclists on North route must report to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or the orientation site in Pescadero, CA no later than 3:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner 
The 2018 Journey of Hope North Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on Saturday, June 9 and the location of this meal is currently being planned. 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: Registration will be available in March 2018.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off 
The 2018 Journey of Hope North team will depart for Napa on Sunday, June 10. After a breakfast at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitors' Center near Fort Point National Historic Site, the North team will cross the bridge at 7:30 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 6:30 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.

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. 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.