2018 Rider Blog

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Day 76 Maggie Piazzi Aug 03, 2018

Hello world! Day 76/76… the 2018 Illini 4000 Bike America Team successfully crossed the Golden Gate Bridge today. Many many tears were shed. Tears of sadness, tears of joy, tears of laughter. All were represented Read more…

Day 75 Maggie Piazzi Aug 02, 2018

Hello world! Day 75 has come to a close. We had an “easy” 57 miles for the day and time was strangely moving fast but slow at the same time. I think it was the Read more…

Day 74 Maggie Piazzi Aug 01, 2018

Hello world! Sorry for dropping the ball last night. Yesterday was a long, hot day on the bike. The California sun and heat finalllllly found the I4K riders. I thought that we brought the cloudy, Read more…

Day 73 Maggie Piazzi Jul 31, 2018

Hello world! Day 73, that’s a wrap. Today was kinda a hot mess express on the bike :( we did a girl power group and by the end, we only had 3/5 still standing. We Read more…

Day 72 Maggie Piazzi Jul 30, 2018

Hello world! Today was a good day. We had a short day and we’re headed to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, so we had a very chill day on the bike. We stopped a lot and Read more…

Day 71 Maggie Piazzi Jul 28, 2018

Hello world! Not much happened today. I was like a bear in hybernation and slept until 11 AM… crazy talk. Some of us had a day at the movies seeing the Purge and Mamma Mia Read more…

Day 70 Maggie Piazzi Jul 28, 2018

Hello world! Day 70 definitely had its peaks and it’s valleys. We had an 85 mile day with what looked like not too much climbing on the elevation map, but that thing was WRONG. There Read more…

Day 69 Maggie Piazzi Jul 27, 2018

Hello world! Today was something special. Crossing into California. Enough said. Biking through Redwoods. Enough said. Biking on the 101. Enough said. SEEING THE OCEAN. Enough said. Running into the ocean. Enough said. Painfully biking Read more…

Day 68 – update Maggie Piazzi Jul 27, 2018

Hello world! Today was a fantaaaastic day! We went into the day knowing that almost the whole day was downhill. There was one baby climb in the beginning and after that, it was full speed Read more…

Day 67 – update Maggie Piazzi Jul 26, 2018

Hello world! The no service days are so bittersweet! You love to be disconnected from the world and just enjoy everything around you at all times, but at the same time you wanna let everyone Read more…

Day 66 Maggie Piazzi Jul 24, 2018

Hello world! Day 66… today was nottttt an ideal day to be on a bike. Regardless, we still had fun with it. First off, it was hard to say goodbye to Bend. I don’t think Read more…

Day 64 and 65 – update Maggie Piazzi Jul 22, 2018

Hello world! Yesterday we biked 90 miles into Bend, OR for our 10th rest day of the trip. It was fantastic because the ride didn’t even feel like 90 miles! We decided to form a Read more…

Day 63 Maggie Piazzi Jul 20, 2018

Hello world! Unfortunately I saw today’s ride from the other side of things…I was an addition to the van clan for the day. Saddle sores man. They’re a scary thing. My booty put me out Read more…

Day 62 Maggie Piazzi Jul 19, 2018

Hello world! Day 62 was mighty fine. We had a 50 mile route with about 3000 feet of climbing. It was suuuuper pretty too. It’s funny to think how quickly the landscape can change. We Read more…

Day 61 Maggie Piazzi Jul 19, 2018

Hello world! Sorry for the late post… we were camping in Unity, OR where there is no such thing as a sign of civilization, which meant no service. Yesterday we were taking all passengers aboard Read more…

Day 60 Maggie Piazzi Jul 18, 2018

Hello world! It was a Chill Bill day today. We only had 62 miles and pretty flat for the most part! We got to the stayover around 1 and just hung around, caught up on Read more…

Day 59 Maggie Piazzi Jul 17, 2018

Hello world! Rest day in Boise truly kept us on our toes, that’s for sure! Me and my crazy self decided to wake up at 6:45 on our rest day and venture over to Boise Read more…

Day 58 Maggie Piazzi Jul 15, 2018

Hello world! Oh Boise, we’ve finally made it! We straight up cruised through the 83 mile day today. Due to the heat and wind, we kept rest stops short and we’re movin and groovin on Read more…

Day 57 Maggie Piazzi Jul 14, 2018

Hello world! Today was a journey, one that had its ups, it’s downs, and tested mental toughness for sure. The first 23 miles were pokey because we took a 30-40 minute stop at mile 5… Read more…

Day 56 Maggie Piazzi Jul 14, 2018

Hello world! Today was refreshing. A nice 43 miles essentially made for half a rest day… BOOYAH! Festivities consisted of a trip to Jimmy Johns, paying a visit to Shoshone Falls (the Niagara of the Read more…