Get ready to bike for a great cause with Peace Be the Journey this fall. Bikers will be able to claim their spot starting Thursday, July 1 for the COVID-safe, outdoor event, which will take place on Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Decorah.
Riders will meet at the Decorah Fish Hatchery and follow the Trout Run Trail’s 10-mile loop. All riders are expected to bring their own bikes and equipment. The event, which started in 2018, serves as a way for Decorah couple Mike and Amanda Peterson to share their own stories concerning mental health, and to encourage others to do the same. 
“Every year there’s something positive,” Mike said. “We get lots of feedback and lots of stories. We just want to keep expanding, keep spreading awareness, keep breaking the stigma.” The focus this year is on suicide awareness, with suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in 2020.
“We want participants to know more about suicide and breaking the stigma,” the Petersons said. “We want people to know there’s no shame, we want to give people courage and get people reaching out for help.
The first event drew more than 120 participants to Decorah, and after rain cancelations and COVID-19, the Petersons are ready to get back out there. “We’ve always gone with the flow,” Amanda said. “I’m just happy to be doing it in-person!” The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Winneshiek Medical Center. 
To register or for more information, visit pbjride.org. Questions and comments can be directed to pbjride@gmail.com.