The Ride So Far

Insert multi-word blog post name here. Haha just kidding I noticed all the others have one-word titles so far… ;) Well, I’ve made it through 3 days of riding, which has been awesome! This will be a brief post; it’s late and here I am at a laundromat making clothes for the team clean! Like literally, all of my clothes are in the wash right now. The past couple of days have been hectic and have somehow blurred into a feeling of one long day and simultaneously a whole lot of days. My favorite day was today, which had rolling hills. I came to the realization that hills are pretty great: you go up AND down! Maybe I will change my mind later… But for now I’m going by the saying “what goes up must come down.” However, in Pennsylvania, what goes down also must go back up. Fun stuff!

I got up to 42.6 mph yesterday in a 9% downhill grade. Some of you may ask if I was scared, but wonderfully there were no people on the road AND it was beautifully wide and smooth. Speed… It’s thrilling. It also varies a lot! Today my rolling speed range was 6-35 mph. Every single gear on my bike was used often today on the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. One fun thing was getting electrocuted by an electric fence when I tried to pet a horse… Some people have to learn the hard way!

We have also had some wonderful conversations with people about the Illini 4000. Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are… We are I4K! I hand out business cards and orange info cards to those who are interested.

One woman also shared her entire life story with me… Her mother had passed away after a 10-year fight with multiple myeloma. Some of my favorite quotes was “cancer is a coward.” An unseen enemy, it hides in the shadow and cannot be seen like an enemy in war. Also, she claimed the key to survival is love and a strong heart. Unfortunately we could not take a portrait of her, but I wrote down some meaningful comments from the conversation.

That’s all for now! See you soon! Keep reading my daily team blog posts on the frontpage.

Comments (2)
  • Eileen Rock says:

    Grace,
    I just caught up on all the team blogs as well as the new rider posts since the start…all yours. Sounds like you are all well on your way. My husband and I will be hosting all of you for lunch on June 10, and we were wondering if there are any vegetarians or riders with any food allergies this year? Looking forward to seeing all of you!
    Eileen Rock

  • It appears that you are having an exulrating time, forty two miles per hour is pretty fast on a bike I look to read more about your trip and where you are. Love Graham and Mary

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