2014 Rider Blog

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Reflections from a 4489.6-mile journey: from NYC (over mountains, beyond mountains) to the City by the Bay Blake Landry Aug 29, 2014

                                    (Note: A PDF file of this post can be downloaded by clicking Blandry_i4k_reflections or at this link http://illini4000.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Blandry_i4k_reflections.pdf ) Read more…

The End Kathleen Mammoser Aug 17, 2014

After 71 days it’s all come to an end. I’m not sure it’s real, though. This could all be just an elaborate hoax and I’ll be called tomorrow morning at 6:15 and be asked why Read more…

The Story of A Story Kevin Daliva Aug 01, 2014

I found the following blog post on my iPad. I wrote it before leaving home and never got around to posting it. Enjoy :) – “Everyone has a story.” This simple four-word phrase is the Read more…

DEATH BY CAT FOOD Jeffrey Bogue Jul 27, 2014

“That’ll be four dollars” I sat down with my overprice frosted flakes (of corn) across from a man with a baseball cap, a motor freight company T-shirt, and jeans. Not paying much mind to each Read more…

When It All Comes Together Grace Deetjen Jul 21, 2014

Why do bad things happen?  Why does human life have to be so fragile?  Sometimes the bad news in life can be so disheartening.  And it’s in times of grief and loss that we have Read more…

Tougher than you thought. Alex Knicker Jul 17, 2014

We were riding to Pocatello, Idaho on a 103 mile day. After about half the mileage was over it started to get very hot. And windy. And hilly. Small hills, but sizable when you’ve been Read more…

…AT MY TABLE FOR ONE Jeffrey Bogue Jul 14, 2014

It was a Thursday night in Salt Lake City and the line was out the door. As we approached, a sign became visible. “All patrons will be carded” It was a burgers and beer kind Read more…

The journey thus far: a day in the life of an Illini 4000 rider Blake Landry Jul 11, 2014

It is hard to believe it has been just over a month that I have been on this incredible journey biking consistently across the USA (from the Big Apple to the City by the Bay) Read more…

Haiku Anna Renardo Jul 10, 2014

We ride bikes a lot We also watch Pitch Perfect You’re welcome Kenny

Hello from Heber City, UT! Christy Nichols Jul 08, 2014

Hi again folks! It’s been a while, but here I am again, writing another disjointed blog post! We’re currently in Heber City, Utah staying at a beautiful church called Mountain View Church. It feels like Read more…

So far in lists Anne Wave Jul 07, 2014

It’s 9 o’clock right now which is actually past bedtime because tomorrow we wake up at 445am. No better time to blog, right?? Hey everyone! Right now I’m listening to jet skis on the reservoir Read more…

That Which Has Changed Grace Deetjen Jul 07, 2014

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and forget why I’m here. It would be great to say that every day I need the motivation of the people I ride for. It would not be Read more…

Looks are deceiving. Alex Knicker Jul 06, 2014

The team was riding from Dinosaur National Monument, where we had camped for the night, to Vernal, Utah. The previous day we had had to ride 12 miles into the park just to get to Read more…

Found My Chamois Josh Weisberg Jul 06, 2014

After about 2500 miles I, Joshua Ian Weisberg, have discovered that I have indeed been wearing my shorts much too low, confirming the observations of the rest of my team. Yesterday, for the first time, Read more…

A Conjunction of Groans Simulating the Way in Which David Walder Has an Existential Crisis While Viewing the Hundreds of Dead Rabbits on the side of US-40 David Walder Jul 06, 2014

Ugggggh So much death Blehhhhh Raaghh  

Firework in Steamboat Connor Ramsey Jul 05, 2014

Yesterday it hit me, for the first time, that we had actually ridden to Colorado from New York City. I still can’t tell if it’s been a long time or no time at all. Several Read more…

Entering the Final 3rd of I4k Josh Weisberg Jun 29, 2014

At this point I believe we are two thirds done with the ride. In mileage and in days we are only halfway, but I call Fort Collins 2/3. We had about 20 days before Chicago, Read more…

A Quick Comment on the Scenery Grace Deetjen Jun 28, 2014

Today a dark smudge appeared on the horizon. This shadowy smear resolved itself into a mountain range to the south. As we agonizingly pushed one pedal stroke after another at 8 mph (see blog post Read more…

THOUGHTS FROM THE NEBRASKAN PANHANDLE Jeffrey Bogue Jun 28, 2014

As of today, the team has ridden half of the total milage for the entire trip, and as such, I figured that I should write about some of the fun facts that I’ve learned along Read more…

Quality before quantity. Alex Knicker Jun 27, 2014

(Due to limited internet access this us posted a day late.) Tonight we are in Alliance, Nebraska. We have spent the last several days traveling on US-20, right next to The Cowboy Trail. I’ve always Read more…