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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 76: The one where they crossed the bridge and became cross country cyclists 08.03.18

Today the team rode 16 miles from San Rafael to San Francisco!! We really did it, we biked all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Saying it even now feels surreal, we really made it from NYC to San Fran all via bike. Overall hills, through sweltering heat, freezing cold rain, over mountains, battling forest fires, injuries, lightning, bike breakdowns… the list goes on. This was not the easiest journey, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a battle some days and a breeze others. I know that I learned a lot about myself and even surprised myself at times. I think we can all say the same. There is a new found confidence and strength that comes after completing such a journey. All of us will forever be connected through this grand adventure and I couldn’t be more thankful for the laughter and good times we had together as a team. Seeing that bridge today ( well not really seeing it, due to the fog) made me feel so proud of the team. All of us got here one way or another and that is an accomplishment that very few people can claim. We even were joined by our pal Justin, who drove the van. It was the perfect closing to have him back as he was so loved by the team. It was special that even though he had to leave the journey early he could share that moment with us! After several photos were taken at the lookout point, it was finally time to cross. The last three miles of our cross county ride! It was cold, a little rainy and foggy, but I wasn’t phased by any of it. This was the greatest moment! All of us had been envisioning the moment where we crossed the bridge for almost a year. The addreanal and emotions were in full effect. Once we crossed the bridge we were greeted by our families. “We really did it”, is all that kept running through my head.

This morning we went around in our circle and said nice things about our teammates to our left. We also shared our proudest moments. Because of this I would like to thank everyone on the team for all that they contributed to make this summer great! Even if many of you don’t ever read this, I want to say how much fun I have had with you all and how proud I am of everyone on the team! I4K forever :)

Today’s ride was dedicated to Elias’s grandmother who was a two time cancer survivor.

Thank you to all of you who have kept up with this blog. I’ve work hard this year to capture each day so that each of you can have a small piece of the experience.

We also raised approx. 110,000 dollars for cancer research. With this contribution we are now one step closer to ending this awful disease. Thank you again to all who donated.

~ Rolling out~ ( what we say when we leave each place everyday)


Flat count: 0
Song of the day: Time of my life
Memorable moment: might be obvious…Crossing the bridge :)

Day 75: The last big ride 08.02.18

Today the team had our last “real” ride which consisted of 57 miles from Healdsburg to San Rafael. The day started out strong with a team circle where everyone awkwardly held hands as we heard Read more…

Day 74: A little swim in Healdsburg 07.31.18

Today the team rode our last big ride of the summer, 90 miles from Laytonville to Healdsburg, California. Today we got hit with the real California heat, getting up to 99 today was a drastic Read more…

Day 73: Laytonville is not Lit 07.31.18

Today the team rode 75 miles from The Redwoods to Laytonville, California. Today was 6,000 feet of climbing, however it did not feel as difficult as it might sound. The climbing was pretty gradual and Read more…

Day 72: Into the Redwoods! 07.29.18

Today the team rode 47 miles from Eureka to Humboldt Redwoods state park located in California. We have ridden through several Redwood state parks while in California and I believe this is our third. Each Read more…

Day 71: Eureka is an interesting place! 07.28.18

Today was a rest day in Eureka. It was our last day off before we arrive in San Francisco! Some of us started the day going to the laundromat and then to a bagel shop. Read more…