Video from Grand Tetons

20 07 2012




Day 53 Rest Day —Updated blog!

18 07 2012

In American Falls, Idaho! 

Hey all, the numbers are getting out of order because I had to update and post from previous dates. They are not the most detailed posts, but they are there! 

Thanks for reading! I’ll try to not get that behind again. 

Take Care! 





Day 47-48-49 Jackson Wyoming!

18 07 2012

Day 47
Dubois to Jackson
7-12-12
Today’s ride was AWESOME! I LOVE WYOMING! The view from today’s ride was insane. We climbed a pretty large mountain and rode into Grand Teton National Park! I rode with Kevin, Sarah, Allie, and V! We took lots of pictures and some videos…which I can’t edit because my computer doesn’t run fast enough…hopefully Sarah can do it sometime. The mountain we rode over was under heavy construction on the descending side. We ended up having to get in a pickup truck for about 4 miles.
Once we made it into the park we took a bunch of team pictures. But something crazy happened while we did that. Mind you there are a lot of wooden fences around the park, they are about 3.5 feet high…which isn’t terribly high but I guess enough for deer and such to jump over to get around the park. Well, we saw a long Buffalo roaming around, but he kept getting closer and closer. Before we knew it, he was about 50 yards to our left, and had made his way over the fence. It was probably the craziest things I’ve seen the entire trip. Now, he didn’t jump it like a deer would. It was more like front half of body then second half of body, but it was insane. We thought he was going to make his way towards us, but ended up running across the road (they are pretty darn fast) and just waited. The worst part was that we had to ride past him, and he was only about 50 yards from the road at this point. We ended up sprinting past him, and he didn’t want anything to do with us!
We continued to ride and got to a rest area that had an amazing view of the mountains! This is where we took footage for our thank you video! Check out the pictures below! We made it into Jackson, which is quite the tourist town, but it’s a nice place, lots of people here!

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Day 48
Jackson
7-13-12
Today we had a rest day in Jackson, we spent the majority of the day hiking the Grand Tetons. We got about 8 or 9 miles in. It’s a beautiful place, you MUST check it out!!! 

Day 49
Jackson
7-14-12
Second Rest Day. Did pretty much nothing, it was great

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Multi Post! Day 43 – 46 Short Posts & Pictures

18 07 2012

Since I wanted to get something together for those days I missed, I prepared short blogs, with some pictures. Sorry it’s all in one.

Day 43
Saratoga to Rawlings
7-8-12
(Written 7-18)
Today’s ride was very similar to yesterdays. There were some rolling hills, lots of dry plains and mountains. We had a scavenger hunt today, which had us do or find things along the way, it was pretty fun. We ended up in Rawlings, a small town. We got ice cream as usual when we got to town…We were told not to go exploring at night.. I have added some pictures.

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Day 44
Rawlings to Jeffery City. GPS Died half way.
7-9-12
(Written 7-18)
Todays ride was another long one. We took our time, visited Split Rock, a tourist and scenic area and made it to Jeffery City…which isn’t much of a city at all. Actually there is less than 50 people that live there. The only establishments are a church and a bar. More pictures than words for this blog.

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Day 45
Jeffery City to Lander No GPS.
7-10-12
To Lander! Home of NOLS and one of the best places to live/visit if you are a rock climber! Wayyyyy back in the day I lived in Lander. I must have been about 3? Either way I think it’s pretty cool. Lander was a cool little town. Cool bike/outdoor store, coffee stores and bars. The host was AMAZING! A member of the church took a couple of the guys to the store to get grilling food. They bought hamburger fixings and plenty of other good food, plus a little brew was nice as well. I jumped on the grill duty and began to cook, I made all the burger, which everyone seemed to like! Later that afternoon we walked about Lander, got ice cream ( duh ) and had a couple local brews. It’s a cool town, I would visit that area again if I was planning a climbing trip! No Map for today..I forgot to charge my Garmin.

Day 46
Lander to Dubois
Van
7-11-12
Ami and I drove the van to Dubois. That is all!





Thank you!!

18 07 2012

Hey All,

Here is the thank you video from Team Portland!





Day 52 – Great riding day!

18 07 2012

Day 52: American Falls ID
Miles 53
7-17-12
Awesome Day! Today Jasper, Sophie, Sohum, Nellie and I rode from Blackfoot to American Falls. We had a huge breakfast thanks to members of the church. They made use burritos, pancakes, eggs, hash browns, coffee and a bunch of other good stuff! After breakfast we may have had the largest morning circle on the trip. I dedicated my ride to a lot of people, although when I don’t dedicate my ride, those people are still in my thoughts while I ride. We left CHURCH and headed west to American Falls. It is a small town, with a huge reservoir…which I’m sure we’ll go swimming.
Today the group wanted to ride FAST. And that’s exactly what we did. The best part about today’s ride is that there were only about 4 directions. The main road was 51 miles…and had no stop lights or signs, it was perfect for speed! Nellie started the group at a fast pace. We were riding at about 20-22mph for the first 14 miles. After that, Jasper took his turn to pull the group. We had a fast peloton, exchanging the front person every 5 minutes or so. We made it to the first water stop (22miles) in about an hour and 5 minutes…we were FLYING! After the water stop…which no one really needed since they forgot to drink water, we kept up the pace only slowing down for a minute or so for rest. We decided to skip the second water stop (mile 44) since everyone had sufficient amount of water, and there was only 15 miles left until we would get to the host….well more like the ice cream place, haha.
American Falls, We rode 53 miles in 2 hours and 43 minutes. We averaged 20 miles per hours! Again…we were cookin! We arrived to the host (after ice cream of course) and had lunch and got to see where we would be sleeping. CARPET!!!! No any carpet, but thick, comfortable carpet! I’m terribly excited about this since I absolutely hate my sleeping pad. I know have a stiff neck, which I can’t seem to stretch out, and gets worse from riding. I only have to deal with sleeping on the floor for 18 more days!
Check out the couple of pictures. I am happy to have some better blogs up! Thanks for reading!
Here is the Thank You video from Team Portland! Please take note we are just shy of reaching our $500,000 goal! Please donate if you can! Thank you!! 
PS – Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires are the BOMB! I have ridden the same tires the entire trip (and its starting to show) and I have only managed to have ONE flat. *** Knock on wood*** Seriously, if you are considering new tires, pick a set up, they are well worth the money.

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Day 51 – Racing the Rain!

18 07 2012

Idaho Falls to Blackfoot ID
Miles 28
7-16-17

Today Jasper, Alex and I rode together. When I heard we were having a 28 mile day, I wanted to see how fast I could ride for those 28 miles. Kevin allowed us to ride unsupported for the day. (not going to water stops). I had originally asked Yoshi, but he wanted to participate todays Scavenger Hunt…something we do on short days for fun. To me, going as hard as possible is fun, ha. This was a good day to do this because there are a small amount of directions, which means most of the miles come from a single road. We had about 26 miles on a main road, which had a couple of stop lights, but we got lucky with the majority of them being green.
We took 5 minute intervals pulling the group. I haven’t ridden with Alex in a fast group yet, but I knew he was quick. Alex held up with Jasper and I for the entire day, I was excited that he kept up the entire time and had really good pulls.
We finished the day quickly, getting chocolate milk and ice cream before getting to the host. After that, it was a pretty good day, worked on some bikes, did laundry, took a nap and had a really awesome dinner.
Longer ride tomorrow, curious to see how I feel after pushing it full throttle today.
Thank for reading, and take care!

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