Bike & Build - Brian Rekuc

Brian Rekuc

Conn. to California 2011
Miles: 4003 / 4003       Days: 73 / 73       Build Days: 11       Rest Days: 3       Location:  Route is over    

Hey, my name is Brian Rekuc and I?m a sophomore at NC State University (go pack!) majoring in textile technology with a concentration in medical textiles. I am currently 20 years old and was born and raised right here in Raleigh. I guess I?m kind of a hometown boy but I love to get out there and try new things. All last summer I was studying abroad in Peru and I think I?m ready to tackle the US this summer. I am a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity here at State and have enjoyed every minute of the brotherhood. I play basketball regularly but only for fun and exercise now that my competitive days are over. Every day I miss the sport but maybe after this summer biking will be my new passion. My sister, Caroline, participated in Bike & Build in the summer of 2009 and has not stopped talking about it since. It seemed to be a life-changing experience for her and I cannot wait to see where it takes me (besides the Pacific Ocean). From what she told me about the service aspect of the trip, it seems that the cause is definitely a worthy one. After working on houses through the Appalachian Service Project a couple of summers during high school, it is obvious to me how necessary affordable housing is. The amount of families in need of this help is an increasing problem in this country and I am enthusiastic about helping out in any way I can. Some weekends during high school I would go with some of my peers to different Habitat for Humanity sites and do similar tasks. These places in and around Raleigh astounded me with their need for aid. I want to take my services outside of my hometown and across the country so that I can broaden my understanding of the problem and maximize my efforts. The most exciting part about biking across the US is the variance of places I will be able to visit. A normal cross-country tour would just hit the major cities and sites, but this trip will allow me to witness the real America and see how the rest of the country lives. The places and the people I am soon to experience will most likely be unlike what I am used to here in North Carolina. Another exciting thing is the people on my trip that I will become close with. I have no idea what to expect but I know that a journey like this will have to bring us closer than most other summer programs. The trip as a whole is a little nerve-wracking; the physical demands will be tough but doable just going by what my sister has told me. I am not looking forward to waking up long before the sun rises some mornings, but it will be worth it when we are done for the day earlier. I cannot say that I am especially pumped for anything in particular besides the entire summer. The unexpected things that we encounter during the summer will make the trip most remarkable and memorable, and it gets tougher and tougher each day that I have to wait until I set out on the adventure of a lifetime!


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Conn. to California's Affordable Housing impact:
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Jun 15 - Danbury, CT
Jun 18 - Stroudsburg, PA
Jun 29 - Huntington, WV
Jul 7 - Springfield, IL
Jul 13 - Lawrence, KS
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Jul 23 - Loveland, CO
Aug 1 - Moab, UT
Aug 4 - Green River, UT
Aug 18 - Stockton, CA