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A perfect day!!! Well, the 12 mile up hill was not so perfect, but everything else was great. My Achilles was strained going up so Dan and I were creative for the way down the mountain. We call it the Rope Break. Picture it… Here’s how it worked… I was riding the skateboard while “pushing” the stroller which I had tied to me in case it ran away (I know Bryan, strollers don’t “run”). Dan was behind me and there was a rope between me and the bike. The bike provided the braking power. And soooo, the Rope Brake is invented. It worked!!!

We stayed Thursday night at the KoA in Dubois. It was fine. We slept well.

Thank you to Aunt Barb and Mr and Mrs Mitzel!

This may be a long update and lots of pics, sorry…

My Doc back home is Dr Simon. Mom called him for me and her txt was “Simon says…” hahaha Sorry I am a little tired and thought it was funny.

Oh talk about funny… Did I tell you that we got Hitch a new vest?

What would your caption say of what she is thinking?  G rated please... Ok, can't think of any? How about we go to PG-13

What would your caption say of what she is thinking? G rated please… Ok, can’t think of any? How about we go to PG-13

Some pics of Jackson Hole…

Park is in the center of town and has 4 of these arches at each entrance made from Ell antlers.  Dont worry, no animals were harmed in the making of these sculptures.  Elk "shed" them each year and grow a new rack. Cool!

Park is in the center of town and has 4 of these arches at each entrance made from Ell antlers. Dont worry, no animals were harmed in the making of these sculptures. Elk “shed” them each year and grow a new rack. Cool!

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Hey, its calories! 8.28

Getting ready to leave Jackson Hole 8.28

Getting ready to leave Jackson Hole 8.28

Packed up and ready to hit the "hills".  Leaving Jackson Hole 8.28

Packed up and ready to hit the “hills”. Leaving Jackson Hole 8.28

Some sights between Jackson Hole and Dubois WY… The video is cool and no we did not paint it. Just had to go back like 20 times to get the video just right. If you need to see it again just click the “Kevin Payne Biking for Williams” in green letters at top left corner of blog…

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Wyoming 8.28

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WY!!!!! 8.28

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Here is Landon. A little guy I met in Folkston. He is soo funny. Sorry, maybe this is not funny, who am I kidding, this is HILARIOUS!

LOVE Landon!!!!   Funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Thanks for posting on fb Tabatha.

LOVE Landon!!!! Funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Thanks for posting on fb Tabatha.

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Brandon is doing good after eye surgery.

Looking piratey Brandon!

Looking piratey Brandon!

Will be ready to start out on Friday…
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8.28.14 Dedication – Laurie Thiessen

Grandpa L.  We just love him and his wife!

Grandpa L. We just love him and his wife!

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This is Debbie. I am sad to learn that Laurie Thiessen of Canada has passed away. Anyone who was at the convention in Boston or this last one in Anaheim knows him and his wife Linda. They were always in the lobby meeting and talking to people. To put a face to a name, Laurie was in the wheelchair and Linda was always at his side. They always had a smile and a hello. They quickly learned everyone’s names, their stories and were just a complete joy to talk with. They are so proud of their 3 sons and completely adore their granddaughter.

When I think of a couple in love, even after so many years, Linda and Laurie come to mind. Despite the fact Parkinson’s took his ability to walk and sometimes talk, Linda could tell by looking in his blue eyes what he wanted to say, what he needed. She cared for him so tenderly. It was really the most beautiful love to witness. Just the way the looked at each other, held each other’s hand, it was truly amazing.

When a young teen girl saw them in Anaheim she ran over to him with her arms wide, “Hey look its the shakey guy from last time”. Linda and Laurie just laughed and hugged her back. They just loved the innocence and pure joy this girl showed.

His passing is bittersweet. How can it be that a person can feel so many emotions at one time? Being heartbroken for Linda and being happy for Laurie that he is no longer fighting this disease, that his soul is free.

When I asked Linda what I could say about Laurie, this is what she said.

“Dear Deb,
Laurie celebrated life, had no regrets, and left us laughing. Meeting you and your family was a gift. Thank you. Love, Linda”

Linda and Laurie’s love and story is a mirror to another that is very dear to us. We love you Sherry and miss you Warren. Sherry comments often and is known as Aunt Sherry to Rob, Jake and Kev (and many others).

8.27.14 Update

Dan and I spent the day in Jackson Hole. It was THE BEST DAY! It is so pretty here, just mountains all around, the weather was perfect, people are so nice.

We got our hair cut at a barber shop. The lady was so nice she would not let us pay for our cuts, would not even take a tip. Super nice but she really should have taken the tip at least.

JH has a HUGE rec center. I guess it makes sense because they get so much snow in the winter, at least people have something to do. Dan and I played basketball for like almost 2 hours. He is really good! He whipped me (he is not good because he whipped me because I am terrible, this is just his sport and he is good at it!) We bought a Frisbee and spent a lot of time just throwing it. It was just a good relaxing day. It was really a great day!

We stayed the night on the grounds at the First Baptist Church again. They left the door open so we could use the facilities when we needed to.

I would say people should put JH on their bucket list.

Tomorrow we will head out, will go northwest along 26 toward or maybe past Moran.

8.27.14 – Shout outs to Brandon, Jacey, Lil

There is a lot going on today. First, I am glad my new friend Brandon from Oceano CA made it through eye surgery with Flying Colors! Oh, he has a patch so may not be able to see the flying colors but will soon! Heal quickly Brandon! That’s kind of a sucky way to get out of the first week of school though Dude! (I know he looks like a younger version of Jake. CA-RAZY!) I think the altitude is messing with my head, too many mom-isms lately.

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A couple of Happy Birthday wishes to Jacey (5) and Lily (7). Hope those ages are right, I think so…

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So get a load of this… Let me first say I am terrible with names (yeah, you probably already know that!) In Jackson Hole this morning I started talking to this man near the church just about whatever… After a little while he asked what we were riding/running for so of course I told him. He was totally in shock!!! He has a sister in her 30’s with WS and they have never met another person with WS. CRAZY! I really hope they get in touch with the WSA! He is the third random person I met that has a relative with WS; the folks in OK, Ali and her family who we met in Idaho (from OR) and today.

8.26.14 Stats

I will post more tomorrow. Right now though just want to give a shout out Happy Birthday to Nancy P. She opened her home to us in Bend Oregon while we prepared for the transition and eastward journey. Hope Erik and Brian make it a great day for you Nancy! Your birthday is on National Dog Day? Now you HAVE to get a dog!!! There’s your sign!!!!

Tetonia to Jackson.  Will try to do this part (or most of it) on Tuesday 8.26

Tetonia to Jackson. Will try to do this part (or most of it) on Tuesday 8.26

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As expected it was a BRUTAL day! The climb was INCREDIBLE! The views though, I bet tomorrow I will say they were worth it. It was beautiful and sunny when we started the day and crossed the line between Idaho and Wyoming. A few clouds later on and I think that just added to the views. When it is bright and sunny the landscape can look flatter.

We got some pictures of a plane crop dusting. Apparently this is the real meaning of crop dusting (not what we would do passing a group of girls in the hallway at school). Did I say “we”? No never, I mean what some of the guys we knew would do as they passed a group of girls in the hallway.

We stayed the night at the First Baptist Church. They were very kind to let us stay there. Just in case you are wondering – EVERY CAMPGROUND IS FULL THE WEEK LEADING UP TO LABOR DAY IN YELLOWSTONE! Yeah, we could squat in the wilderness, but there are bear!!! SERIOUSLY!

Thinking we may stay put here in Jackson Hole for a day. In 2 days we have another HUGE climb and even though Moran is only 30 miles and only a slow climb, there is nothing in Moran. Oh, sorry, there is a post office and an elementary school. That’s it. And it is on like a culdesack. Yeah, we will stay put tomorrow I think and get haircuts.

Near Tetonia 8.26

Near Tetonia 8.26

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Near Tetonia. 8.26

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Happy National Dog Day.

Happy National Dog Day.

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West of Jackson Hole WY 8.26

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Dan is happy we are at the peak of this climb!!!! Just west of Jackson Hole WY 8.26

Dan is happy we are at the peak of this climb!!!! Just west of Jackson Hole WY 8.26

Along Rt 22 just west of Jackson Hole WY 8.27

Along Rt 22 just west of Jackson Hole WY 8.26

8.26.14 Dedication – Evan

As mom would say “he is so cute, could just sop him up with a biscuit!” Weird saying!! But it is true, he is sooo caaa-ute! (another mom-ism)

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Evan Putman turned 3 on 5/27/14. He is a beautiful little guy with a heart to match. He loves music and playing with his trains and building monkey towers. He is the light of the Putman Family’s lives.

Evan’s Dad, Todd, posted a comment that I want to share here…BIG BIG NEWS FOR EVAN!!! ” As Evan’s dad, I couldn’t be more proud to see him on the blog today. In bike-related news, he just got his first non-plastic “bike” (ok it’s a trike) and enjoys being pushed all around on it. His little feet are starting to cycle with the pedals. “Want to take a bike ride” has become his rallying cry.” I wish we lived closer, Dan and I would definitely go for a ride with him!

He is also pictured with Eric. Eric has a pizza cart business in Portland Maine and Evan went to see him one day.

8.25.14 Stats

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It was a rainy day today in Rexburg. We were not anxious to head out. It did stop later in the afternoon so we hit the road. We still ended up going about 38 miles which was pretty good for a late start and since most of the day was a gradual “up hill”. After the rain, after the climb, it WAS WORTH IT!

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

After the storm sunset near Tetonia, ID 8.25

Thanks to the farmer who let us sleep in his barn near Tetonia, ID 8.25

Thanks to the farmer who let us sleep in his barn near Tetonia, ID 8.25

Thanks to the farmer who let us sleep in his barn near Tetonia, ID 8.25

Thanks to the farmer who let us sleep in his barn near Tetonia, ID 8.25

The most direct route to Moran is off road. Here are pictures of where the off road would start and end for us. No thanks. We will travel the extra 30+miles to stay on pavement.

If we took the most direct path to Moran, this is the start of the "road", thanks to google for the pic.  No thank you!  I have gotten lost in Alligator River National Refuge in NC and want no part of taking donkey paths through the mountains where there are bear, big cats, coyote and wolves.

If we took the most direct path to Moran, this is the start of the “road”, thanks to google for the pic. No thank you! I have gotten lost in Alligator River National Refuge in NC and want no part of taking donkey paths through the mountains where there are bear, big cats, coyote and wolves.

And this is where the path would come back out onto rt 26!  Really!  No kidding...  We will travel 35 miles more by going South to Jackson then back north toward Moran.  There is no way around the mountains, but at least we will be on paved roads.  Zooming in on the direct path it is pretty, just not something we want to see that badly. It would be great to take a dirt bike back through though!

And this is where the path would come back out onto rt 26! Really! No kidding… We will travel 35 miles more by going South to Jackson then back north toward Moran. There is no way around the mountains, but at least we will be on paved roads. Zooming in on the direct path it is pretty, just not something we want to see that badly. It would be great to take a dirt bike back through though!

The next couple of days are going to be HARD. I am posting pinpoints below so you can see the elevations we will be hitting…

Tetonia to Jackson.  Will try to do this part (or most of it) on Tuesday 8.26

Tetonia to Jackson. Will try to do this part (or most of it) on Tuesday 8.26

Jackson to Moran by taking the road. Big climb...  Guessing it will take pretty much all day Wednesday 8.27

Jackson to Moran by taking the road. Big climb… Guessing it will take pretty much all day Wednesday 8.27

Moran to Debois. Looks like about a 3300 ft climb in about 13 miles or so.  I think after this it will flatten out pretty much except for a smaller mountain near Casper.

Moran to Debois. Looks like about a 3300 ft climb in about 13 miles or so. I think after this it will flatten out pretty much except for a smaller mountain near Casper.

8.24.14 Stats

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First let us say how sorry we are for those that were affected by the earthquake in Napa Valley today. I heard there are a lot of people who were hurt and a lot of property damage, at the same time thankful it was not bigger. Napa is northeast from San Fran, I hugged the coast and was probably 25 miles from it.

Tried to get back on course so we made our way north to Rexburg, ID. Stayed the night at Rainbow Lake and Campground. It is really cold at night, like in the low 40’s. We both needed to get some cold gear biking/running pants in Idaho Falls. It warms to about 70 during the day. The temperature swings are just crazy. Just last week it was so hot! Going to start adding the night temps to the chart now mostly so Dan and I can remember later where it was so cold.

I think the route through Yellowstone is a running path going up the mountains. There are 2 REALLY REALLY big climbs ahead of us. Not sure if the running path is going to be good for the stroller and the bike. We heard from Sam and Marcy it is not so may need to re-route this part. Mom, any luck with this?

Hitch is feeling OK I think. Trying to be sure she is not scratching.

Nicole (Dan’s sister) got her first pick of lava rock. Hope she liked it.

That about it for now. Pretty uneventful day. That’s kinda how it is, some very eventful days then some kinda regular days.

Keeping you up to date on Jordan from his fb page… Glad he is feeling good!!!

Jordan

Another amazing inspiration! Ian did an IRON MAN in Lake Placid in honor of his son Gavin! Here is the Williams Syndrome Assoc fb announcement
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8.23.14 Stats

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We did it!!! Our first 50 miler!!! This is the first day the weather was really, um… the G rated version, crappy. That’s as G rated as I can go. It POURED today and it was cold. Cold and rainy! We really pushed it today and by the time we reached Snake river campground we were REALLY hungry and realized we really did not eat much today at all.

At the campground we met Sam and Marcy. They are biking across the country and are heading to Portland. They are soo nice. Looking forward to eating with them and just sitting around talking with them.

I don’t know why I had Idaho Falls stuck in my head. Mom kept saying Rexburg which is about 33 miles straight north of here. Have to figure out where to go from here. Mom will like to hear we finally got bear spray. Sam sold us his for $20, He did not need it thankfully.

No pictures from today, weather was too miserable! Glad we found a laundromat so we can dry our clothes and gear.

Be back soon! Until next time, be well.