From Arapahoe NE to Imperial NE – 103 miles
Saturday June 30
New Host: Crossroads Wesleyan Church Thanks Alice!
Previous Host: Home Stay – Sandra!
What an awesome day to ride bikes! Especially 103 miles!
The day began at 4:30…like it has been. We still have more of these early days ahead of us, but most of the riders are getting used to it. Some are just as slow as usual Sandra took us to the church were the vans are, hung out for a bit, while all the morning chaos goes on. Filling the water jugs, loading the vans, sunscreen, food, morning dedication circle…the works. We didn’t make it 1 block and I realized I left my Garmin and charger at Sandra’s house. I quickly rode over there, and ran inside quick to grab it. (Sandra if your reading this and heard someone come in this morning it was me!) I didn’t want to wake you up…
We began our ride around 6:20am. At first it looked as if it were going to rain, even though the weather called for hot and sunny..with a tailwind! But to our surprise it started to rain lightly. When this rain met the very warm pavement it felt like we were riding through a sauna. There was a massive cloud above us, we thought a thunderstorm was on its way. But it didn’t do much but spit on us for a while. It remained cloudy for most of the day. The last 30 miles the clouds headed out and left us with the very hot sun. We made a few stops to gas stations this time for cold water and ice. I reminded myself to eat constantly even if I wasn’t feeling hungry.
Today we rode as Team Cupcake again, Jasper, Yoshi, V and myself. We rode really hard for the first 70 miles. We had 15 minutes intervals, we did this because Yoshi has an alarm on his watch that reminds us to drink every 15 minutes (more in between if needed). So we used this as a reminder to change positions in our pace line. This worked really well for our group. We had a lot of strong pulls all day. Since we were only pulling for 15 minutes, it gave each us of 45 minutes of “sucking wind” (basically drafting off everyone else). We got to mile 30 and slowed the pace down from an average of 18.1 miles per hour to 17.7 miles per hour. Either way we were flying. We went up in elevation all day, since we are headed towards the Mile High City!!! A total of 2000 feet of climbing.
We got into Imperial and Alice and the other members were waiting for us! They welcomed us to the town with signs along the way (See pictures). When we arrived we introduced ourselves, and it seems Alice has also been following my blog! She knew that the first riders in usually go for ice cream, so she had some waiting for us!! I WAS PUMPED! How cool is it, that someone follows your blog, and recognizes something like the first group getting ice cream and has some for us? Thanks Alice!
We hung out for a while and talked to the host, then they had prepared an amazing dinner. I was starving by then, and plowed down two servings. I’m sure that I’ll be hungry soon…that usually happens.
During dinner we individually stand up and introduce ourselves. We share our connection to cancer.
As stated on my page, I am riding for My Aunt Sandy, who passed away when I was in the 8th grade. I remember Susie, my mom and my father going through a lot. At that time in my life I didn’t really understand cancer and its effects. I now know what they went through doing that time, through the connects of the other riders and individuals I have met along the way. I am touched by how strong they were, and how strong they are today. I ride for her and the Johnson (susie and sandy’s parents, Sandy’s children and husband) family often, because they are my inspiration to keep riding and get me through the hard parts of the trip. Thanks to my family for supporting me for this ride. If it wasn’t for your help, and dedication, I wouldn’t be able to do this, meet all these people and hear their experience with cancer. We, the 4K, are making a huge impact on the people we meet. I feel that we have inspired a lot of people, and given them hope. Even better, give them a feeling that they are NOT alone, through personal connections and our daily ride dedications. Not only am I enjoying the cycling, but I this feeling that we are giving back to the community. The Portland team, the San Francisco team and Seattle team are making a difference.
Thank you for taking the time to read my daily experience. It seems like there are a lot of people following my (almost) daily blogs. I enjoy reading your comments!