Yes, Dan and I have been friends for a very long time. Here are pics of our first camping trip, a WSA picnic Dan helped with, homecoming, Jr prom and Sr’s at us at a track meet. We are always cutting up! Yup, the group of us had a pink limo with eyelashes! The eyelashes were Dan’s special touch! The other 4 guys died when they saw it. The girls (not shown) LOVED it.
Thank you for all who have commented the past couple of days. We really appreciate it! It is posted on the blog when it is read even if we don’t respond to each of you, we see it and appreciate it!
Yeah, so we did not make it too far today. BUT, look at the climb, the temps and this great lake the campground was near! Unlike the east coast we are not concerned about gators. We are both still feeling good and love it!
I am posting some more pics of Jake growing up on yesterday’s dedication (our PR person needed to dig some out.)
Yes, I am dedicating another day to my brother Jake. Wanted to do this right away after switching gears since he is the inspiration for the journey. He is the reason I met so many great people and have seen so many amazing things. He is the reason Rob and I are who we are. Jake pushes us to be better, in our own very different ways. If this story is ever good enough to make a book, maybe Rob can produce the movie, that would be cool.
Most of you who are reading this know Jake. He is kind, thoughtful and just HILARIOUS! Just yesterday he gave Dad a gift and left it on the table for Dad to see when he got home. Luckily it was a cool day in Baltimore because the gift was ice cream. CMTSU (Can’t make this stuff up).
Jake works at Wegmans where he has been for 2 and a half years. They are really really great! Jake loves riding his 4 wheeler, fishing with friends, going to parties. He loves summer when the Buck is open to watch monster truck or crash up derbies, when outdoor concerts are around, when there are local carnivals and the state fair. He is always up for going on a road trip, going to new places and meeting new people.
Jake is really fortunate that he does not have any medical problems or SUPER hyper-acusis (sensitive hearing). Here are some pics of Jake through the years…
Thanks to everyone who has donated to the WSA. I have raised the target from 3k to 5k to 7k and now have almost hit 10k!!!! I will not raise it again. I will ask if the pledge page can stay open until the end of the the trip. Let’s see if we can blow the top of the 10k goal!!!! Way way way beyond what I could have ever expected, so THANK YOU!!!
We made great progress today. 34 miles! We both feel pretty good. Thank you Nancy for bringing the things we forgot… The chart from point A to point B is 31.5 but we did a little more than that. The weather was good, no complaints about 80’s and partly sunny. Posted is a larger map than normal so you can see where we are in comparison to Eugene and Portland.
Grateful today was a down hill kind of day. Tomorrow we won’t be so lucky, I think it will be mostly up hill.
Erik is the man of the day! Dan and I have loved spending the last few of days with Erik and his parents Nancy and Bryan and appreciate all they’ve done. KTVZ came out to the Paslay’s home for an interview today and Erik was amazing!
See the video here that was aired on the 11 pm news in Bend. http://www.ktvz.com/news/kid-cycles-now-running-across-country-for-obscure-syndrome/27199082 …. That was the big news for the day!
“This is my 9-year-old son Erik. His favorite things are light bulbs and sprinklers. He is taking drum lessons, is in the church choir, and loves making people laugh (including me). He can ride a 2-wheeled bike and is learning to read music. He is also turning out to be a pretty talented story teller. He is a joy to travel with or go on outings with. Taking him anywhere is always an adventure, and he knows more people in town than I do.” I have to agree with Nancy, Erik is totally awesome and I loved getting to know him. I will miss you Buddy!!!!
This is it, Dan and I are ready for the next adventure. We head out tomorrow and will head North to Redmond and Prineville. After that across Rt 26, the John Day Hwy. It is spotted with tiny towns so should be nice!
Thank you Charm City Run in Timonium (Baltimore County MD) for the pair of running shoes!
Dan arrived in Bend today. He will need a day or so for his “clock” to get adjusted to the time zone. Tomorrow we will get the remaining gear and probably head out on 7/29.
Now there are 2 of us, we will do some video footage rather than just all still photos. Yellowstone will be incredible!!
Catching up on some photos from the last couple days….
Today I rode from Grants Pass to Crater Lake. Pretty much all day I climbed a mountain. Wait til you see the pictures, worth ever push on the petal!!! It was cold overnight!! Like 40!! I really could not sleep so got up at 4am on Friday and started biking toward Bend. Thank you to the Paslay family for hosting the next couple of days. Dan is coming to meet up in Bend and he will ride the bike back to Baltimore while I run. THANK YOU DAN!!!!!
Crater Lake was not on my original list of places to see but I am sooo glad for change in plans. This place is amazing, really too amazing for the word amazing.
Remember, I am taking pictures with the I Phone, no retouching!
Something I learned… the lake was formed almost 8,000 years ago when Mount Mazama volcano collapsed. There are no rivers running in or out. It takes 250 years for the water to naturally be replaced by evaporation and rain/snow. The lake is more than 1,900 feet deep, the deepest in the US and 7th in the world.
OK, so by the time you read this I will be in Bend so instead of posting the stats tomorrow for today, I will post them below. It is a warmer day today and all downhill. THANK GOD! For the next couple of days I will be putting together the stroller, making trips to REI and food stores and RESTING. Gotta give this body a break before what lies ahead.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about the ride part of the journey being over. I am proud that I made it this far!
Averages- the averages are pretty much in line with what I had hoped. I have ridden for 65 days, 5056 miles in about 526 hours. Average – 78 miles a day and 9.5 mph. Yes, the east coast I was crushing these numbers with a bunch of 100+ miles days and a few 120+. That was flat land. NM, AZ and CA is a whole different story! I have had a couple of COLD nights, a few HOT days, thankfully only a couple of days of rain (beside that big storm in late April in FL), a couple of times getting lost in areas will make for great stories. I have met the most interesting people and families that have hosted or have come to see me are amazing. I will be forever grateful to Tiffany and Linda for giving me rides over and out of the desert (FYI the rides from them are NOT included in the 5065 miles). I am VERY happy overall.
It will be really hard to choose pics for the postcard. Remember…
…… The Trip Pics page is pictures like today, of cool things I have seen.
…… The Index page is a quick way to find Dedication days and the day by day of what has happened and where I will go from here.
…… The Press page has web addresses to news and other footage
I will have a few day’s break and will post pics of Dan and I before we head out. Until then, have a great weekend and be well.
My man Hudson turns 5 today. WHOOP WHOOP! Happy birthday big guy!! Can’t believe you were only 4 when I met you : )
“Hudson Jones is the 5 YEAR OLD son of Clint & Beth Jones and lives in Ashford, AL. He was born July 24, 2009 and was diagnosed at 22 months old with Williams syndrome when he was not reaching “normal” milestones. We have been blessed in that Hudson’s health issues are mild at this point. He does have a slight narrowing of the aorta, but he is seen annually to make sure it grows as he grows.
Hudson loves to jump on his trampolines, swinging, and watching the Disney channel. He also LOVES to ride on the lawnmower and his daddy’s “me-cycle” (motorcycle) up & down our dirt road. Hudson plays t-ball for the Blue Tots with the Dothan Miracle League, and really enjoys it. He is a water baby, he loves the water and the beach. Hudson is ALL boy, bugs/critters are very interesting to him, not very interesting to mama though. LoL!
Hudson attends the preschool program at Ashford Elementary two days a week where he receives OT, PT, and ST along with his weekly private ST & OT session in Dothan. We love his teacher, aides, and therapist and are so thankful for their caring ways with Hudson. He rides horses weekly for therapy at Life Savers TRC, a little fun therapy is always good.
Everywhere we go everybody falls in love with our little guy. We are told on a regular basis that if someone if having a bad day Hudson can come in and it makes it all better. He lights up the room wherever he goes. When Hudson was diagnosed we were upset & scared, we still have those moments. But Hudson’s Great-Granny settled our minds a little when she reminded us that we were “chosen” to be Hudson’s parents and God has a plan for us and for him. We have made some great friends since Hudson’s diagnosis that our paths probably would not have crossed if it were not for Hudson.
We are blessed to have Hudson in our lives and we are looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for him and for us. Everyday is an adventure!!
Thank you Kevin for your bravery on your adventure to spread awareness for Williams Syndrome. always sending prayers for safe travels for you along your way.”
Today started a little chilly and rainy. It cleared up but was COLD at night again. Probably the coldest night so far and it is the end of August. Crazy.
The past couple days I have met the most interesting people. Shout out to Udaya! We met at Jedediah State Park. He is reporting on the ridiculously awesome! He is ridiculously awesome! Hahaha THanks for posting your video on your fb Udaya and helping to spread awareness of WS!
Check out his latest interview https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=882093131819254&set=vb.100000557268018&type=2&theater
Hitch has been acting out, not sure what is going on with her. She wants to wander off, she is not listening… Mom says maybe she is in heat. Yeah, she is staying on the leash!!!! “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”