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Judy Ulrich will bike 200 miles, to Portsmouth, Maine and back, in an effort to raise money to save her home on Dixon Hill Road, New Hampton. (Courtesy Photo)
August 29, 2012
NEW HAMPTON — In an effort to save the home and buisness she founded with her husband, Mountain View Manna, Judy Ulrich is taking pledge donations for her 200-mile Faith Bike-A-Thon to raise more than $330,000 needed to pay their mortgage.

Like many homeowners around the country since the housing market downfall, Bob and Judy Ulrich found themselves in debt that has now put them in danger of losing their home and in-home bakery business, Mountain View Manna.

According to Judy Ulrich, they applied for a modification which was eventually formulated last fall, then denied. She said the bank plans to auction off their home in September.

Though she is nearing 61 years of age, Ulrich said she plans to embark on a 200-mile Bike-A-Thon on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 to help raise money to save their home.

"I'm almost 61, but I know that I can do it with the strength of the lord," she said, adding that she came up with the idea after a lot of prayer. "I feel I can do anything through him."

Ulrich said she is not an avid cyclist, and said the last time she rode a bicycle was about 12 years ago for a 60-mile bike-a-thon. Before that, she figured that she had not ridden a bike since she was 12-years-old.

"It had been on my mind for about three months," she said. "A lot of people think I'm crazy, but that's okay. I think this will be a positive thing."

Through their lives, Ulrich said they have always lent a helping hand to those in need, from operating a Christian campground through donations for 19 years to taking in families in need until they could find a home of their own.

"We've done a lot," said Ulrich. "Now it's our turn. Now, we need help."

Ulrich said they have raised about $2,000 through personal and online donations. She said she will head out Friday morning with the cheers and support of her neighbors, and ride from her home to Portland, Maine and back, with some backtracking, for a round trip of 200 miles, with her husband following in their car.

The Ulrichs are accepting donations and pledges for the Faith Bike-A-Thon in a number of ways. Donations can be mailed to Bob and Judy Ulrich, P.O. Box 57, Ashland, NH 03217. Donations can also be made on their Web site, mountainviewmanna.com, by credit card and through Paypal.

For more information, call their home phone at 968-7042, Judy's cell at 996-1936, Bob's cell at 996-1840 or by visiting their website at mountainviewmanna.com.

"I will make it," she said.

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