Former Lakeside Executive Bud Cox Bikes the Chautauqua Trail

Posted on July 17, 2013

Retired Lakeside Executive Bud Cox will continue his biking journey July 20-26 on the Chautauqua Trail from the Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mt. Gretna, Penn. to Ocean Grove Association in Ocean Grove, N.J.

He will be riding more than 150 miles once again with the Pedaling Parsons, a group of lay and clergy bicycle riders from the East Ohio Conference United Methodist Church.

He was a participant in the 2012 ride from Lakeside Chautauqua to Chautauqua, N.Y., when 14 cyclists participated in the 220-mile pilgrimage.

The purpose of the pilgrimages is to develop a trail on which future cyclists or hikers can enjoy a few days of contemplation and camaraderie, and to ultimately establish a link between Chautauqua communities on the Chautauqua Trail.

The Chautauqua Trail is a cultural heritage trail linking remaining Chautauqua sites across the U.S. and Canada.

A group of several organizations and individuals who are committed to the implementatoin of the Chautauqua concept comprise the Chautauqua Trail.

Since retiring from his Lakeside position, Cox has ridden with the Pedaling Parsons each summer, raising funds for missions.

The vision of the Pedaling Parsons resulted in a movement that has accumulated more than 17,000 miles and has raised more than $800,000 for various mission projects.

This year’s mission cause is “Stopping Random Violence,” through the support of United Methodist Community Centers in Akron, Youngstown, Steubenville, Cleveland, Canton and Mansfield. The goal is to raise $30,000 to fund programs for children and youth.

Each bike rider pays his or her own expenses. All donations go to the mission cause.

Donations in support of Cox’s ride can be given through the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Checks should be made to “The Lakeside United Methodist Church,” and add “Pedaling Parsons” in the memo line.