Saturday, August 24 – 2755 miles down, 519 to go
We were all looking forward to an easy 61 mile run into Canton today.
We had the Pro Football Hall of Fame on our minds, and wanted to get there quickly so we could visit the Hall and check out the exhibits. There were only three of us but our plan was to ride 30 miles, take a break, and then go 30 more. That meant two 5-mile pulls each, a break, then two more pulls each. Easy enough. We had to drive back to Wellington from Elyria, and we weren’t in a hurry so we didn’t get going until almost 7:30am.
Friday, August 23 – 2692 miles down, 581 to go
Today Doug Bahniuk showed his steel on the road from Bowling Green to Wellington.
Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago at the age of 50. He rides his bike everywhere. Long rides. Hard rides. Two years ago he rode from Prudhoe Bay down to Anchorage on the Haul Road. In short, that’s insanely hard. We first met Doug two years ago at the Copper Triangle. Then this year we re-connected with him at the Copper, and last night he showed up at our presentation in Bowling Green with his wife, Alissa and their daughter Iris. Today he wanted to ride the 80 miles to Wellington, so he showed up at 6:15am at our hotel, ate some breakfast with us, and we got ready to ride with Doug.
Surprise! A post from Kathleen. At work we preface a voicemail of non-urgency with “Listen to this when you have time.” I can tend to be wordy so I will start with “Read this when you have time.”
Yesterday was my last consecutive day of the ride. Tonight I am flying home with Isaac (our son and super support driver) so that he can start his senior year at Boulder High School on Friday. How fitting is that? There have been so many Boulder High School connections involved in this ride that it would only make sense for me to take a break in order for our son to return to the scene of where it all began. Go Panthers!
I want the blogging world to know a few things about my team.
Thursday, August 22 – 2611 miles down, 662 to go
Another “rest day” packed with activity.
We started the day in a leisurely way with a visit to the ice hockey rink at Bowling Green State University. Tom knows a gentleman named Scott Sloat, and Scott’s son Jake is defenseman on the BGSU hockey team. Jake had agreed to give us a tour of their facilities, so we met up with him and he gave us a guided tour of their wonderful hockey rink, the offices, the locker room and everything. It was a great and informative experience, especially to see some of the past players who have gone on to larger fame (like Ken Morrow, 1980 Miracle Gold Medal Team in the Olympics, Rob Blake, Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, etc.). We met the trainer (“Fish”) and the equipment manager (“Scoot”) and soon learned that nobody knows anybody’s first name on the team. They all go by nicknames.
Wednesday, August 21 – 2611 miles down, 662 to go
Our tenth day in a row of riding and it was 107 miles.
We all actually felt good today. We’re in some serious Bike Shape right now, so even 107 miles didn’t call for any hand-wringing, more of a “Let’s get this done” type atmosphere. We were also hoping for some encounters with locals along the way, like yesterday, to provide some color to the day. Continue reading
Tom talks to George of Over the Top radio about what it means for the Friends for Phinney to be this far into the trip: From Ligonier, Indiana
Tuesday, August 20 – 2504 miles down, 770 to go
What a wild fun day!
This is a long one so if you get bored I understand. Today we had quite a time. But so much went on today. It started in Valparaiso with breakfast and a 6:50am departure. Another 81 mile day in front of us with a slightly uphill profile, so we figured we could make some time. Also, we were off busy highway 30 and were taking highway 6 east to Ligonier. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky to start, but get this, the humidity was 97%! Anything over 12% and we Colorado folks are whining. This was cloying, and you had to keep moving to get some breeze in order to stay a bit cool. When you stopped, instant hot & sticky.
Monday, August 19 – 2423 miles down, 851 to go
I never thought I’d be saying this: Gee, today was only 81 miles!
We needed a shorter day, especially one without a bunch of climbing. It had some inclines, but nothing major. Our target was Valparaiso, Indiana and the Fairfield Inn. Yep, so long Illinois.
The Muscatine Journal talks about the Friends For Phinney and how the local PD support group is helping people live well today. See the full article here.