2013 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
Seeing things slowly Heather Norris Jun 26, 2013

Greetings from South Dakota!!!! I cannot believe we have already made it this far and are nearly halfway done with our journey. This is our fourteenth state we have biked in, which blows my mind. Read more…

Tailwinds from Chicago Sarah Eisenberg Jun 24, 2013

I spent the past 25 days counting down the miles until reaching my home city of Chicago. It came down to about 1,200 miles between New York City and Chicago – where family, friends, familiarity, Read more…

[Journal] Day 5; Baltimore, MD – Washington DC Je Won Hong Jun 19, 2013

“Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy For each nation, its capital city symbolizes the history, culture, and people. Washington DC Read more…

Where I’m Going and Where I’ve Been Rebekah Munaretto Jun 19, 2013

It’s been four days since I left Chicago. That’s four days since the “real adventure” started. I say the “real adventure,” because in all honesty, we’ve had it pretty good the last twenty-six days. We’ve Read more…

A way overdue blog post! Jacqueline Minnick Jun 13, 2013

OH MY GOODNESS. So it has only been 20 days since we first started our trip but we are already going to be in Chicago tomorrow! Before I continue on with this post, I just Read more…

[Journal] Day 4; Newark, DE – Baltimore, MD Je Won Hong Jun 12, 2013

“Because the Mountain is there.” – George Mallory Some people ask why we live in such a rough place. I have an answer for that question simply as the quote above. The mountain has been Read more…

[Journal] Day 3; Philadelphia, PA – Newark, DE Je Won Hong Jun 12, 2013

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr. My wife’s name is Haeley. Her original Korean name is Haedeun, meaning the hill where the Read more…

[Journal] Day 2; North Brunswick, NJ – Philadelpia, PA Je Won Hong Jun 12, 2013

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” – Corinthians 13:3 What a great weather for riding today! Sunny Read more…

Back in the Midwest Sarah Eisenberg Jun 10, 2013

As many of you know, I am not a student at Illinois. I was fortunate enough to find out about this awesome organization via social media, and even more fortunate to become a part of Read more…

Now We’re Cruisin’ David Pohlad Jun 09, 2013

The good times are here. The Appalachian Mountains are done with, the flat lands of the Midwest are here. I feel like at this point we are all biking towards Champaign, Urbana and Chicago. I Read more…

Our passion will take us far Elyssa Musaraca Jun 09, 2013

after such our first century ride yesterday, today’s 70 mile ride felt so short! the weather was great – sunny and not too hot. but one thing i still cannot get over is how flat Read more…

I know every mile will be worth my while Heather Norris Jun 08, 2013

Today we rode our first century as a team! We rode 105 miles from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN. We were greeted wonderfully by First English Lutheran Church and a few of us attended their Read more…

Wakeup. Eat. Cycle. Eat. Cycle. Eat. Cycle. Eat. Cycle. Eat. Sleep. Jordan Orr Jun 05, 2013

Since my last post, we have been to Maryland, Pennslyvania, and West Virginia. The Appalachians were unlike anything I have ever experienced while riding, literally. One day my maximum speed was 37mph and my minimum Read more…

The First of Many Looks At the I4K Experience Rishy Chacko Jun 05, 2013

I’m climbing. Knees aching, quads burning, and mouth open. Pant, pant, pant. I’m working out. But, I’ve been doing so for the past seven hours. Am I twisted? Do I enjoy the prolonged burn? I Read more…

More Than What We Put In John Meehan Jun 05, 2013

Looking up from my computer screen writing this post, I can see that I am surrounded by my teammates hanging around after dinner. And I’m overwhelmed by the number of us flashing radiant smiles and Read more…

Mountains for breakfast Heather Norris Jun 05, 2013

Hello from Zanesville, Ohio! I’m writing this from a cot, which is extremely exciting. The church that we’re staying at arranged for us to be able to sleep on cots from the American Red Cross! Read more…

We keep on moving along Aashiv Bharij Jun 03, 2013

Its really interesting to consider the task we’re trying to accomplish. The mental, physical, and emotional challenges pile up everyday and every morning you just have to roll out of your sleeping bag and keep on moving Read more…

We made it to Pittsburgh! Sarah Eisenberg Jun 03, 2013

Sitting here in Pittsburgh, it is hard for me to reflect on these past 12 days and share every detail. It has truly been a whirlwind experience. I have encountered some serious challenges, braved steep Read more…

Lighting a Candle Catherine Kemp Jun 02, 2013

“It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” This quote was once said by Eleanor Roosevelt but originates from an old Chinese proverb. To me, it perfectly describes the mission of the Illini Read more…

first week Kara O'Herron Jun 02, 2013

We’re now done with just over a week of biking and I’ve already completely lost track of what day and time it is. It has been a great first week though. So far we’ve biked Read more…