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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 63: Not many people in Paulina 07.20.18

Today the team rode 80 miles from John day to Paulina, Oregon. Today was one of the hardest routes with almost 5,000 feet of climbing!! It was pretty beautiful in the beginning of the ride because we got to go through some more national forests. After the first 20 miles it went back to desert. A lot of people agreed that although it was a difficult day in terms of stats, everybody felt pretty strong and good which just goes to show how far we have come. Today we also reached the 4,000 mile mark. Although there wasn’t an amazing view or a marker, it was still an incredible feeling to know that we traveled 4,000 miles. There is only 700 to go in 12 days, which is crazy!

I would like to thank Paulina school for hosting our team tonight. Today we are sharing the space with evacuees from a nearby forest fire. Some of us spent our evening talking with the response team and learning about the fire. It is pretty remarkable the support that a tiny town is able to receive. The ride dedication for today was for our two hosts Terri and Sherri in Glens Ferry. Terri experienced cancer when both of her parents had it. Sherri’s husband also suffered from cancer.


Flat count: 1
Song of the day: Hey mama
Memorable moment: playing volleyball at the end of the night in the school we are staying at.

Day 62: Oh hey, John Day! 07.19.18

My apologies for no blog post yesterday, we were camping with no access to WiFi. A little recap from yesterday’s ride. We rode 85 miles from Ontario to Unity, Oregon. All of us came to Read more…

Day 60: Oregon we’ve been waiting for you! 07.17.18

Today the team rode 60 miles from Boise, Idaho to Ontario, Oregon. Today’s ride was super smooth and a ton of fun! With the easy miles comes a more relaxed vibe. My group started the Read more…

Day 59: Buoyancy in Boise 07.16.18

Today was our rest day in Boise, Idaho! We decided to do the most restful thing we could think of … so we went whitewater rafting. In all seriousness it was one of the coolest Read more…

Day 58: Oh Boise! 07.15.18

Today the team rode 82 miles from Glens Ferry to Boise, Idaho! It was a tough ride due to cumulative toll from days prior, overexposure to heat, and the dry desert climate. The route wasn’t Read more…

Day 57: Poppin tires all the way to Glens Ferry 07.14.18

Today the team road 70 miles from Twin Falls to Glens Ferry, Idaho. Today was long, hot and windy. It got up to 100 degrees mid afternoon with 12 mph headwinds the majority of the Read more…