COAST TO COAST: Biking Across America for Homeless

I’m bicycling across America (COAST to COAST from Stone Harbor, NJ to San Diego, CA).  This solo journey down the east coast and across the country will total about 3,800 miles.   

I’m riding in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for Bell Socialization (which runs the FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTER in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania).

TO DONATE TO BELL TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES, please click where it says “Donate now” in green at the top of this page.  (All donations to the GoFundMe at that link go straight from GoFundMe to Bell and are tax deductible).

I have a special place in my heart for Bell Socialization because I worked at their family homeless shelter in my 20’s and was so impressed with the incredible work they do in our community.

Unfortunately, the community's need exceeds Bell's current capacity. Bell's family homeless shelter is forced to turn away 50 - 100 families PER MONTH in the winter time (700 families per year) due to lack of space. Some of these families with children end up sleeping in their car. (More info about Bell at red dot below).

TV NEWS CLIP ABOUT THIS JOURNEY: Here’s a short local Fox 43 TV news video clip that gives a good overview of this coast to coast bicycle ride fundraiser and the charity for which I’m riding:   

*****  Follow along on this cross country journey.  These social media pages are 100% devoted to this bicycle ride. ‍
 You’ll see photos, video clips and stories about my experiences and the interesting folks I meet as I bicycle across America.


* INSTAGRAM: @billswartz3

* WEBSITE for this COASTtoCOASTbicycleride:

Bell Socialization runs the family homeless shelter in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania.  They also provide other services to people in need.

The mission of Bell Socialization is to provide and environment of support and empowerment where people can improve their quality of living. 

The agency offers housing and basic living support through mental health, intellectual disability and shelter service departments towards its vision of a community where people are valued and respected and live with dignity. 

For more info about Bell Socialization, the charity for which I'm raising money, please visit their website at this link:

Bill Swartz

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Note 1:   I am taking this journey as inexpensively as possible (mostly staying in a tent in state parks and campgrounds). I’m mostly eating freeze-dried camp food (which is actually pretty delicious and nutritious these days).

Note 2:   No records being set here. No heavy mileage with all this weight in my panniers. Biggest day so far around 60 miles and I take lots of rest breaks (during the day and between riding days). I'm 51 so I take plenty of time and listen to my body when it wants to recover.

Note 3:   I’m riding a regular bicycle, not an “e” bike.

All the best to everyone. Thanks for following along on this adventure!

Donations (257)

  • Carol Jackson
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • David Herr
    • $20 
    • 2 yrs
  • Rev. Dr. Celestine Fields
    • $10 
    • 2 yrs
  • John Rossman
    • $40 
    • 2 yrs
  • Barbara Bolt
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs


William Swartz
York, PA
Bell Socialization Services Inc
Registered nonprofit
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