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The Ability Experience

Journey of Hope

TransAmerica 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 Seattle understand that orientation is a retreat setting and team members will not be available to see family and friends until the afternoon of Tuesday, June 6. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites in Seattle. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see. The team will be staying in Gig Harbor, but will have an opportunity to visit the city on Tuesday afternoon.

Cyclist Travel Information
Cyclists on TransAmerica route must report to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) or the orientation site in Gig Harbor, WA no later than 3:00 p.m. PST on Friday, June 2, 2017. Travel plans should not be made until after routes are announced.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner 
The 2017 Journey of Hope TransAmerica Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on Tuesday, June 6 at Buca di Beppo Seattle (701 Westlake Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109). 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. Cost is $20 per guest (dinner for team members is taken care of).

Registration: Purchase your ticket here for the kick-off dinner.

Journey of Hope Kick-Off 
The 2017 Journey of Hope TransAmerica team will depart for Enumclaw and their first day of cycling on Wednesday, June 7. Following a kick-off breakfast, 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 
Seattle is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in Seattle and surrounding areas:

  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Waterfront Park
  • Seattle Great Wheel
  • Kerry Park

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

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