2012 Rider Blog

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Make Believe Julianne Reynolds Jun 15, 2012

I’ve often been laughed at during the past three weeks referring to the rest of life, excluding I4K and the summer therein, as “real life”.  Alas, as I have spent the past 30 or so Read more…

Dreaming. Casey Fee Jun 15, 2012

I feel like this summer is an amazing dream. Now that we rolled through Chicago we got to go home and relax one night and here I am, watching a movie with my sister on Read more…

Oh, Chicago Shannon Cleary Jun 15, 2012

So right now I’m sitting on my sister’s couch in her apartment in Chicago.  It’s crazy to think that I’m back right where I started this journey.  We have really come a long way and Read more…

Chicagoooo! Tricia Maybaum Jun 14, 2012

So we made it! It was surreal arriving into Champaign a few days ago and being greeted at the Alumni center by friends and family.  After spending a day on campus where I have lived Read more…

Chambana Connor Wilson Jun 11, 2012

Today we rolled into champaign urbana. It is unbelievably strange to think that I just biked to my house from New York City. And this ride is less than a third done. Strangely enough coming Read more…

Hello Midwest Shannon Cleary Jun 08, 2012

I haven’t journaled in a long time, mostly because I’ve been exhausted from biking through the Appalachian Mountains.  It’s been an incredible experience so far, but the days have not come easily.  Riding up really Read more…

Century Julianne Reynolds Jun 08, 2012

Today, I completed my first century, i.e., a hundred mile ride.  It was actually one hundred and four to be precise, but who’s counting.  The funny thing is, this athletic accomplishment was not nearly the Read more…

Americano and a Buckeye Amanda Lundgren Jun 08, 2012

Twelve days in I find myself in the student union of the Ohio State University sipping coffee and scribbling in a notebook. Quite possibly my favorite thing in life is sitting down alone with a Read more…

The Climb Jaime Ruan Jun 07, 2012

“There’s always going to be an uphill battle.”These are the words that are in my head everytime I climb a hill and I refuse to accept defeat. At Wheeling, West Virginia, I did a portraits Read more…

Columbus Marcus Eck Jun 07, 2012

Well we made it through the mountains and it feels good to be in Columbus. This is our second event day and this one feels deserved. The past few days have overall been challenging and Read more…

When I Grow Up Tory Cross Jun 07, 2012

I’ve been lucky enough to lead about half of the portraits the 2012 team has done this year, and I couldn’t be happier about that! It completely amazes me at how many people are kind Read more…

Exhausted and Happier Than Ever Casey Fee Jun 06, 2012

Mountains, done. Can you believe it?! I’m actually really sad about it…even though my knees are very happy now. West Virginia is probably one of the most beautiful states I have ever seen. Waking up Read more…

Free Hugs Julianne Reynolds Jun 05, 2012

Today, we found ourselves entering Ohio and I must say; I miss the Appalachians. As we move from state to state, however, one thing has stayed constant; people have not ceased to amaze me, mostly Read more…

Being Careful Tory Cross Jun 02, 2012

I’ve been told for most of my life to be careful. Be careful not to hurt your kne. Be careful not to cough without covering your mouth. Be careful not to walk to close behind Read more…

Appalachians, Ahoy Julianne Reynolds Jun 02, 2012

So today was our first in the Appalachian Mountains and it was amazing; it was challenging, fast and most of all; beautiful.  Every view from the top of a new mountain was exponentially worth every Read more…

When the unexpected happens Kristen Miller Jun 01, 2012

Today was day 7 of the ride and so far the days have been gone decently well.  We’ve gotten lost a few times, the weather was extremely hot a few days, and sometimes there were Read more…

Crossing the Delaware Bradford Chapin May 31, 2012

A hard, howling, tossing water scene. Strong tide was washing hero clean. “How cold!” Weather stings as in anger. O Silent night shows war ace danger! The cold waters swashing on in rage. Redcoats warn Read more…

Just the beginning… Liz Reynolds May 31, 2012

It’s hard to believe we’ve made it this far already. After six days, five states, and three portraits under our belts, I feel truly blessed to be apart of such an amazing organization.  It was during our Read more…

Today’s Rest, Tomorrow’s Mountains Sarah Bopp May 31, 2012

Today is day 6, and it is our very first rest day. After conquering some of the east coast for the past 5 days, we have arrived in Washington D.C. for a much needed rest Read more…

Life on the road Shannon Cleary May 31, 2012

So a lot has happened since our journey started on May 23.  Since I’ve never really been to the East Coast, it’s been an exciting adventure so far.  I was able to visit NYC for Read more…