2011 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
The sweet taste of victory Divya Nagpal Jun 10, 2011

So here I sit, in my living room after about 1200 miles of biking across the United States. What an odd sensation. I feel like I’m done. I already am relaxing and hanging out forgetting Read more…

Chicago Bound Ron Tisdale Jun 08, 2011

We are looking forward to our ride into Chicago tomorrow.  We have had two days that were easily in the high 90′ s which were very challenging.  We had to stop to fill up for Read more…

My First Fall Sean Madison Jun 05, 2011

The past couple of days have been building up to the long awaited entrance into our home state of Illinois. It’s hard to believe that in only 15 days, only 14 of which were actually Read more…

Rockville, what a hoot! Rachel Samaniego Jun 05, 2011

If there was one word I had to use on to describe today I would choose: “fun”. I had the luxury of sleeping on a couch last night. It was awesome. I4K stayed at the Read more…

To Greencastle tomorrow! Gabrielle Fairbairn Jun 04, 2011

These past few days have been a lot of fun and filled with positive energy. Everyone on the team really enjoys naming their ride groups for the day and some of the craziest groups I’ve Read more…

We’re out of the woods Maggie Marek Jun 03, 2011

Amazingly we have made it all the way over the Appalachian Mountains and into the fabulously flat state of Indiana. Today I rode the furthest distance I have ever covered on a bicycle, 104 miles Read more…

I Could Get Used to This… Connor Yanz Jun 02, 2011

So I’m writing this a few days late, but my procrastination coupled with no internet at our last stayover made it difficult for me to post.  Anyway, there’s been some super cool stuff happening lately.  Read more…

Let It Begin Marc Maybaum Jun 01, 2011

The Tan Ice cream Swimming in random bodies of water ‘Pushing it’ 90 degree days of sun Waking up at 5:30 PB & J’s Mountains More Nicknames RAZZ Wind Being able to sign things ‘I4K Read more…

Goodbye Pennsylvania! Gabrielle Fairbairn Jun 01, 2011

Well, we’ve made it through the toughest days of the trip–riding through the Appalachain Mountains. I really enjoyed the mountains and I’ve had so much fun riding with everyone. Now we are in Ohio, which Read more…

Hello, Ohio! Rachel Samaniego Jun 01, 2011

June 1st, 2011 My first journal post of the whole trip! Computers are hard to come by so I am so excited to have this opportunity! Compared to yesterday’s ride (94ish miles), today’s 63 miler Read more…

Oh the things we’ve seen Josh Doppelt Jun 01, 2011

Bike through the Appalachians…check. The hardest week of the trip is over. The steep mountains that pushed everyone of us to our limits is now behind us. This was the hardest physical thing I have Read more…

Dear Pennsylvania Sean Madison Jun 01, 2011

That I remember, I have never been in the state of Pennsylvania before this trip, and it has proved to be quite the experience. The scenery is unlike anything I could even dream of being Read more…

NYC – Pittsburgh Lauren Winters May 30, 2011

***I also posted some pictures from our first couple days in NYC on the Illini 4000 website.  If you go to “Our Riders” and click on my pic (Lauren Winters)- there should be a link Read more…

Week #1 Emmanuel Camacho May 30, 2011

This first week has been an incredible experience. I almost can’t believe that we’re actually doing this. As we prepared Sunday May 22nd for our first ride I began to feel butterflies. I felt a Read more…

A Well Deserved Rest Sean Madison May 30, 2011

Hey everyone! So I am currently sitting in the basement of our stayover in Pittsburgh contemplating on the happenings of the last couple of days. I have come to the conclusion that there have been Read more…

The Privelage of Being Alive Maggie Marek May 30, 2011

I am not a firm believer in horoscopes, but I do find it interesting when something written in the back of a newspaper mirrorrs your life so closely. Before leaving for NYC, I found a Read more…

The hardest most rewarding days of my life Divya Nagpal May 30, 2011

So as you all know, we’ve been climbing hills……lots and lots of hills/some mountains. It’s been a tough few days. I thought it was already bad on day 2 but it just got worse and Read more…

1 week In Ron Tisdale May 29, 2011

We are in Pittsburgh after a week of biking.  There have been lots of highs and some lows along the way but it feels good to have a rest day ahead.  Considering the fact that Read more…

The highest highs, the lowest lows Katie Lindsay May 29, 2011

I decided that I will have certain tallies as the summer progresses. Here are a few: # of PB&Js eaten: 13 # of wipe outs: 3 (All of these occurred while I was standing still, Read more…

Mountain Time Gabrielle Fairbairn May 27, 2011

Today was our first day of riding through the Appalachain Mountains, which means I was finally able to try out the granny gear of my brand new mountain cassette. I love my granny gear and Read more…