2011 Rider Blog

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Twisters and Blisters Sean Madison May 27, 2011

So I’m glad to say that my fellow Illini 4000 riders and I are officially in the zone. Like clockwork, we all awake even before our scheduled wake up of six o’clock am (much to Read more…

Untitled Cristian Garcia May 26, 2011

I’ve neglected my blog and dedicated the last bit of energy I have in my body–at the end of the day–for bike repairs, my daily chore, and my journal. Showering is tough, primarily because it Read more…

“Always take the uphill.” Gabrielle Fairbairn May 25, 2011

The first few days of this trip have been really great. Myself, Dory, Jan, and David drove the support vehicle from Chicago to New York City. It was a good drive and Jan was SO Read more…

60 miles downhill with tailwinds all da way Linsey Rock May 25, 2011

Rewind 5 days to Union Station where we took apart our bikes and boxed them up and then we said our last goodbyes to our families. 22 hours later our train arrived in New York Read more…

The first few days Divya Nagpal May 25, 2011

Finally getting around to it! I’ve been so dead tired, I just have been ignoring everything! There is a lot to cover. So do allow me to begin. The first day was glorious with some Read more…

Let’s Ride! Sean Madison May 24, 2011

Well we have officially begun our what some would call insane trek across the country. I cannot believe that I am finally at this stage in the organization. It seems as if all this build Read more…

First hard day Ellie Spitz May 24, 2011

Hello readers! Thanks for the comments! Your kiddos and I fully enjoyed them. So today was long an hard; sometimes I was crying (yup cried already) and sometimes I was laughing so hard I started Read more…

Oh the Places You’ll Go Connor Yanz May 24, 2011

I keep trying to think of what I’m going to tell my family and friends when I come home on August 2nd or 3rd or whenever, and they ask me how everything went.  I thought Read more…

And So It Begins… Sean Madison May 24, 2011

Hello everyone! So the trip has begun and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it! I’ll give you a run down of what has happened since we left from Chicago’s Union Station on Friday. Sorry Read more…

Parked car on Parker Street?! Ellie Spitz May 23, 2011

From NY to NJ checking in! Today was the first official ride day and it was so much fun. We woke up early (530ish) and were out the door/on bikes at seven. Within that time Read more…

The OGs in NYC?! Ellie Spitz May 22, 2011

Today was crazy! I feel like all days are going to be that way but I still want to say that to all of you. I woke up at 945 – probably the latest I Read more…

First night in NYC!! Ellie Spitz May 22, 2011

Hey hey! The benefits of having an iPhone let me tell ya I can write a post and post it when I have wifi woot woot! So the train ride was good. We all shared Read more…

And so it begins! Ellie Spitz May 21, 2011

Ladies and gents! The train and left the station and no worries I’m on it! Saying goodbye was kind of hard but my excitement far outweighs my worries at this point. Seeing everyone with all Read more…

One hour… David Walder May 20, 2011

One hour remaining until I leave, and it’s about time I wrote a blog post. Before leaving, I’d like to thank everyone who’s been so supportive of me and the Illini 4000. A special shoutout Read more…

Off to Union Station Linsey Rock May 20, 2011

Over this short ten day break since finals have been over I have been working ridiculous hours trying to make up for a whole summer without a job. In any spare time I was making Read more…

Departure Day… T-minus four hours Ellie Spitz May 20, 2011

WOW!… did you get that?… WOW! I have four hours until I am at union station with my team. HOLY DOG CHASING AFTER OUR BIKES! I legit cannot believe this day is finally here!!! The Read more…

Endings & Beginnings Marc Maybaum May 19, 2011

As I sat in the same lecture hall I was in 4 years ago trying to embrace the end of my time at school, I can’t help but feel like college isn’t over yet. I Read more…

Dear North America, Dory Quinlan May 19, 2011

Dear North America, I am very excited to get to know you better! Love, Dory   My grand adventure starts in one day and I cannot even fathom how I got this far…JK… I know Read more…

My first blog!!! Gedion Amesias May 19, 2011

Hello fellow I4K members and supporters, I apologize for getting on the blog so late but hey, better late than never. I have never really blogged before but I will try my best to blog Read more…

Happy Birthday Mom!! I love you North Central Cyclery. Gabrielle Fairbairn May 18, 2011

Yesterday I went to Champaign to pick up all of the things the team needs for the ride this summer. With the help of Conor, Eamon, and MairBear (Mary), this task was finished in a Read more…