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Jess Ballenger

Jess Ballenger


St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church




Motivation: This will be my third time on the PA-IPL ride, and the second time at the helm of the family tandem bike. In 2013, I made the second-ever trip from State College on the tandem with my daughter Hannah, who was 12-year-old. It was a fantastic experience that neither of us will forget. I made the trip from Philly to DC in 2019 and I am very happy to be doing the ride this year on the tandem with my wife the Reverend Barbara Ballenger.

I am happy to help support the great work of PA-IPL with the bike ride. But to be honest, perhaps I’m most happy that the ride gives me an excuse to spend more time on a bike. For me at least, life always looks better from the saddle. I hope our ride will inspire others with a similar sense of hope. In the words apocryphally attributed to H.G. Wells, “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”


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