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The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, as well as spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides.

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Day 62: Bend to La Pine 07.29.16

We had a short 30 mile ride to La Pine today, so we didn’t start our ride until 8 a.m. We appreciated not packing the van in the dark, as well as the extra couple of hours of sleep.

Our ride today was dedicated to Dianna, a woman we met a couple of days ago. She is a breast cancer survivor and is now battling bone cancer. We are hoping her current treatment is her cure.

We stopped around mile 13 to explore Lava River Cave and the Lava Butte Volcano. Believe it or not, many of us voluntarily climbed 500 feet of an 8% grade hill to get to the top of the volcano. It provided a beautiful view of the Cascades once we got up. The caves were formed by lava tubes, and very fun to explore. The caves were so dark that a flashlight was absolutely necessary, and it was so cold down there that we could see our breath. It was a bit shocking to come back up into the super hot sunshine, but we finished up the remaining 17 miles no problem.

We ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the stay over and then actually all packed in the van to go back to Bend. We wanted the chance to experience it a little more, and took advantage of the extra time in the afternoon. We then headed back to La Pine for dinner, because our hosts generously provided lasagna, casseroles, and seven pies. Yes, seven. Apple, blackberry, coconut cream pie…they were delicious.

We are all very excited for Crater Lake tomorrow! Send us strong thoughts as we climb up there!

There is a good chance that we will not have service tomorrow. I will update the blog when I can!


Day 61: Paulina to Bend 07.28.16

Another hot one! We had a 90 mile day into Bend. The good news is that the wind wasn’t horrible today, and we didn’t have quite as much climbing as yesterday. The ride was beautiful, Read more…

Day 60: John Day to Paulina 07.27.16

Today was a hot one! We also had over 5,000 feet of climbing, but we’re used to the hills by now. We were thinking about what it would be like to go back and do Read more…

Day 59: Unity to John Day and Catch Up 07.26.16

We have had an eventful two days! Yesterday we rode for Steven’s Aunt Roberta, who is a breast cancer survivor. She is one of the reasons Steven was drawn to I4K’s cause, and she celebrated Read more…

Day 57: Boise, ID to Nysse, OR 07.24.16

Today was a bit chaotic, but overall a good day. We dedicated today’s ride to one of Maren’s volleyball teammates, Mason Lemay. She is celebrating being free of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma for 6 months now. Read more…

Day 56: Rest Day in Boise 07.23.16

The team had a lot of fun today. We are all grateful that Shubham initiated looking into and booking whitewater rafting for all of us. We left around 8:30 and drove about 40 minutes to Read more…