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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 72: Fin 08.07.15

What a summer with Illini 4000! It was an amazing experience that we are so glad happened. I wanted to just write a quick note to let folks know that we made it over 4600 miles from New York City and arrived this past Sunday. From there, many of us have split paths, some of us heading home to see much missed family to moving to new jobs and others heading back to Champaign to get ready for a new school year. Before you know it, the next year’s bike team will be chosen and starting their preparation for the ride.

We want to thank everyone so much for their support during our preparation time for the trip and throughout the ride. It has truly been an honor for us to be the 2015 Trek Bike America Team for Illini 4000. And thank you so much for following the blogs from this summer! It has been an honor for me to share with you some of the awesome experiences we have had during this summer.

Signing off for now…Lauraleigh

San Francisco Arrival Information! 08.01.15

Tomorrow (Sunday) we will be arriving in San Francisco! The details for arriving are detailed below. If you are in the area, we hope to see you there! Time: 1 PM Location: West Bluff Picnic Read more…

Day 71: Last Full Riding Day 08.01.15

Start/End: Kelseyville/Petaluma, CA Mileage: 70.8+ Weather: Beautiful. Highs in the mid 70s, sunny. Ok. So I have to admit that I spoke too soon when I titled yesterday’s blog, because today we had over 5,000 Read more…

Day 70: Over the Last Big Hills 08.01.15

Start/End: Orland/Kelseyville, CA Mileage: 99.9+ Weather: Hot and sunny, with a little bit of a breeze Well, it was another amazing morning in I4K with a sharp 4:40 AM wake up, which seems a little Read more…

Day 69: Christmas in July! 08.01.15

Start/End: Redding/Orland, CA Mileage: 68+ Weather: Hot, sunny We are so thankful for the amazing hosts we had at the First United Methodist Church in Redding. Because of the anticipated heat for the day, the Read more…

Day 68: Valley Heat 07.29.15

Start/End: Mt. Shasta/Redding, CA Mileage: 64+ Weather: Very chilly in the morning and very hot as the sun climbed above the mountains This morning we are just so thankful for the Hope Community Church in Read more…