In just under two months, Kelsey Fogt will leave Columbus for New Hampshire - then bike to Vancouver, British Columbia. Through the nonprofit group Bike & Build, her 4,000-mile journey will raise money and awareness for affordable-housing groups. Between tune-ups and fundraising, she spoke more about her cross-country trip.

In just under two months, Kelsey Fogt will leave Columbus for New Hampshire - then bike to Vancouver, British Columbia. Through the nonprofit group Bike & Build, her 4,000-mile journey will raise money and awareness for affordable-housing groups. Between tune-ups and fundraising, she spoke more about her cross-country trip.

Bike & Build has two main goals. Their first goal is to raise funds for affordable-housing projects. Most of it goes to Habitat for Humanity. The second is to raise advocacy through young adults, to get them involved in these projects.

I heard about the organization from a friend who did it two years ago, and he came back really excited. I happened to go on the website and saw they were taking applications for leaders. You get a small stipend, so I could actually call it a job, rather than just a volunteer opportunity.

I've lived all over the place. Every summer, I've kind of made it a point to leave and go somewhere else. Usually just as a camp-counselor kind of thing. I worked in Chicago for three years. Seattle. You can get a job anywhere as a college student.

I always liked biking when I was younger. I had a little pink-and-white training-wheel bike back in the day. My brother had a red Huffy that I inherited. I got to school, and a lot of my friends were bikers. I ended up buying a road bike as my first big purchase about two years ago.

Once the trip starts, you're on the road by 7 or 8 a.m. You stop for a lunch break, and then you bike until 4 p.m. We stay at a lot of churches and community centers. Hosts usually provide dinner, some kind of potluck or community thing. Then we give a presentation on affordable housing.

Depending on the day and the terrain, we'll bike anywhere from 30 to 120 miles. They estimate that 60's about average. I put in a 60-mile day once, and that was pretty rough. So we'll see how it goes. [Laughs.]

They say you'll have really weird tan lines and really amazing legs for a year.

I grew up in Washington Court House. Rumor has it we were featured on Jeopardy as the town with the longest name. I've also heard it's got the most fast-food restaurants per square mile in southern Ohio.

My favorite thing about Columbus is having things to do. I love where I live right now. I'm a block from the Short North. Downtown's right there. Campus is only a mile up north. I really like going to a new place and just talking to people, meeting new people.

Someone I admire is my mom. She makes a good impact in our community, I think.

The best advice I've ever received is don't worry about the end product. Just do the right work, and you'll be OK. Which is cool because I don't have this major goal in my life, but I do want to do good things.

Playing Favorites

Favorite movie: Little Miss Sunshine

Favorite food: Oreos

Favorite drink: Coffee, black

Favorite color: Green

Favorite actor: Meg Ryan

Favorite record: The Sparrow and the Crow, William Fitzsimmons

Favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Know someone doing cool things in Columbus? Contact John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.