2014 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
A Month in Review Ryan Newquist Jun 25, 2014

We have been sitting on the saddle of our bikes for one month now.   On May 25th we left Central Park in New York to head to New Jersey then ultimately San Fransico.   Read more…

Iowa & the ride thus far Christy Nichols Jun 16, 2014

Here’s my first blog post of the trip– and my first time documenting anything that’s happened in writing! I’m first going to write a bit about the trip in general/how it’s been going and then Read more…

Why I Ride Grace Deetjen Jun 14, 2014

I think it’s time for an update to the world about how Illini 4000 has been so far! For those of you who have been keeping up with my trip so far, you know that Read more…

A summary of 13 days on I4K. Alex Knicker Jun 06, 2014

I really have no idea how to start this. So much has happened and I have so many thoughts to share! It seems ages since my last blog and training ride before finals and graduation. Read more…

The Ride So Far Grace Deetjen May 27, 2014

Insert multi-word blog post name here. Haha just kidding I noticed all the others have one-word titles so far… ;) Well, I’ve made it through 3 days of riding, which has been awesome! This will Read more…

Strong Grace Deetjen May 22, 2014

Sitting here at a train station, there’s a bit of melancholy sinking into my heart. Here we are, about to leave on this epic 10-week journey. As time has gone on, I’ve begun to process Read more…

Gotta Catch ‘Em All Marissa Castner May 14, 2014

Most of my absolute favorite childhood memories took place while pretending to be a Pokemon trainer with my best friend Alex. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Pokemon are animated monsters from a Read more…

Callouts Grace Deetjen May 12, 2014

It seems the time is past due for another post! We are so near to the beginning of this trip; things have become unbelievably busy! 11 days until we take a train from Chicago to Read more…

The I4K glow Anne Wave May 06, 2014

ALERT ALERT: I have recently pressed up my fundraising goal to $4566. It may be a random number to you, but to me it is very important: the 2014 route takes us through 13 states Read more…

It’s 90% attitude Anne Wave Apr 28, 2014

We’re just 24 short days away from departure, and things are pretty exciting here in Champaign-Urbana. Trainings have been speeding by. We’re practicing how to be safe cyclists, we’re seeing so many parts of the Read more…

The Road, Not a Novel by Cormac McCarthy Marissa Castner Apr 25, 2014

One month from today at this time I’ll be in New York City. I’ll probably be getting off my bicycle or sitting in a church in North Brunswick, New Jersey wondering what the heck I Read more…

Why I ride? Blake Landry Apr 24, 2014

Why I ride? It is such a simple question, but one to which I seem the answers to be never ending. Distilling it to the purest form, I ride to fight for everything I hold Read more…

What People Do: a documentary Blake Landry Apr 23, 2014

The full length video documentary of What People Do: a documentary (following the summer 2007 Illini 4000 ride) has just been made freely available for streaming and can be seen at the following website: http://filmsthatmove.com/movie/index.html Read more…

Persevere Grace Deetjen Apr 22, 2014

Outdoor training is in full-swing.  So is outdoor raining. I wish that were as funny as it sounds, but honestly the rain has resulted in some miserable, very difficult situations.  Yet we persevere.  Lately, the Read more…

Final Days & First Rides Kevin Daliva Apr 21, 2014

26 Days until Graduation. 32 Days until I hop on a train to New York City. I’ve had this discussion with a bunch of people on the team, and basically because of I4k, it doesn’t Read more…

Welcome to Camp I4K Kevin Daliva Apr 02, 2014

Back at a desk. Back at work. Back at school. Back in class. No matter where you are, you’re probably not on Spring Break right now, but wishing you were. That said, it’s already Wednesday Read more…

Missing My Bike During Break Josh Weisberg Mar 28, 2014

People tell me I am obsessed with my bike.  It may be true, but come on, I’ve been waiting for this day for 3 years.  Ever since I rode my Dad’s 1981 Trek with crank Read more…

Waiting for the Sun Marissa Castner Mar 25, 2014

First, please listen to this song on repeat while you’re reading this blog post. Great! Now that that’s set, please prepare yourself for the cheesiness that will somehow come full circle to the include the Read more…

Fundraising with an assistant Anne Wave Mar 24, 2014

Inaugural blog post starting in 3…2…1… Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the Illini 4000 online presence! Yes, this will be very hokey, and yes, there will be many exclamation marks… but who can Read more…

Crazy Grace Deetjen Mar 22, 2014

There’s a Steven Curtis Chapman song that keeps popping into my head and the lyrics go like this:   And he knows it may look a little strange But he just smiles and says “that’s Read more…