2009 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
The Last Post, or The Reason We Ride Jesse Krantzler Aug 06, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it’s over, it still doesn’t feel real.  I had that single moment of realization on the beach in Oregon, but now that feeling is gone, lost in the rolling gray Read more…

Day 65 & 66 – Chicago Is So Two Years Ago Jesse Krantzler Aug 06, 2009

Hillsboro, OR to Portland, OR Our final ride day!!  We were led into the city by Barbara, an alumni and member of the Portland Illinois Alumni group.  She took us first to the Nike campus, Read more…

Day 64 – Hitting 4000 Jesse Krantzler Aug 06, 2009

Seaside, OR to Hillsboro, OR Today’s ride was only 65 miles, but we had a pretty hard ride to actually do it.  We climbed a 1000 foot hill at the beginning of the day, and Read more…

Day 63 – Coast to Coast!! Jesse Krantzler Aug 06, 2009

Castle Rock, WA to Seaside, OR With time running out on our trip, we rode into our 19th and final state of the trip, Oregon.  The ride was our final really long day and the Read more…

We did it! Kristen Tully Aug 06, 2009

I just wanted to make one last entry to thank everyone for their loyal support to the Illini 4000. This trip truly would not be possible without the support of our stayovers, friends, families, and Read more…

I totally just happened to see… Erik Volkman Aug 05, 2009

I totally just happened to see my ex-boss’s car at the same apartment complex I’m staying at in Mountain View. What a small world.

Finished Matt Cady Aug 03, 2009

The last few days have been so surreal.  Hitting the coast in Seaside was so amazing.  As we biked through the downtown towards the beach, we were just hollering and being so rowdy.  Then when Read more…

Finished the last team event, … Erik Volkman Aug 03, 2009

Finished the last team event, went to Voodoo Doughnut to get the cross country comparison with The Doughnut Plant, now to California

The Bittersweet End Clinton Rice Aug 01, 2009

After some exciting and hot rides through Washington and Oregon, we reached the coast yesterday in Seaside, Oregon.  As we rode in through the streets of Seaside, we all began cheering and making as much noise Read more…

Oregon has has the best stayov… Erik Volkman Aug 01, 2009

Oregon has has the best stayovers ever. Portland tomorrow!

The Longest & Shortest Summer Megan McDermott Aug 01, 2009

Today, we rode into Hillsboro, OR which is a suburb of Portland. Tomorrow we will ride between 20 and 30 miles to complete our summer journey. It’s bittersweet of course because I’m so proud of Read more…

From Sea to Shining Sea Megan McDermott Aug 01, 2009

We finally made it to the ocean!!!! Although it’s further west than Portland, we just had to swim in the ocean and offically go coast to coast. The ride was good, but almost all I Read more…

Beautiful Moutains & Glacial Waters Megan McDermott Aug 01, 2009

The ride into Mt. Rainier National Park was really wonderful. Although the first part of the ride was mostly climbing, the second half was so sweet. During a 7 mile climb, a jet flew right Read more…

Washington & Finally Oregon! Kristen Tully Aug 01, 2009

Merry X-Mas in July! To celebrate X-mas we had a Secret Santa, which was really hilarious and fun. Matt Harlan had me as a secret santa, and he drew me an awesome picture to frame Read more…

Cruisin Down the Freeway in the Hot Hot Sun Megan McDermott Aug 01, 2009

The ride to Naches, WA was 108 miles in over 100 degree weather. To say the least, the day was long and hot. We woke up at 4:30 AM to beat the heat and make Read more…

Christmas in July (Even Though it’s August) Megan McDermott Aug 01, 2009

This summer, the team had Secret Santa/ Christmas in July to celebrate the end of the ride, have some fun, and show a little love. I had Christa and since we hang out a lot, Read more…

Waiting on a ferry to get into… Erik Volkman Jul 31, 2009

Waiting on a ferry to get into Oregon. 45 miles after that to get to the ocean.

Seaside tomorrow Matt Cady Jul 30, 2009

Not sure when the last time I updated this was, so I’m not sure where I left off.  Mount Rainier was really cool… I think I’ve decided I like to camp.  Our campground was pretty Read more…

Day 62 – So close, yet so far… Jesse Krantzler Jul 30, 2009

Mt. Rainier, WA to Castle Rock, WA Riding to Castle Rock was another long one, but the terrain was again beautiful, and we had some rolling hills as we got farther away from Mt. Rainier, Read more…

Day 60 & 61 – In the middle of mountains Jesse Krantzler Jul 30, 2009

Naches, WA to Mt. Rainier, WA The ride into Mt. Rainier was a hot one, but we were happy to see that we were only going 55 miles and then getting to our campsite.  We Read more…