2015 Rider Blog

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Spirit of Adventure Carrington Watkins Jul 04, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 42.15-07-04.22:45 The past several days have all gone by in a blur of excitement and exhaustion. As we rode through Iowa and Nebraska on some of our longest days Read more…

Halfway There Samantha Yadron Jun 29, 2015

We’re a little over halfway through this bike ride, and today I thought I’d give y’all an update on things. Illini 4000 has been for me so far an instigator of important mental processes that Read more…

Eye of the Storm Carrington Watkins Jun 20, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 28.15-06-20.6:49 After an early wake up in an attempt to beat the storms coming to Rochester, MN, we have found ourselves in the eye of the storm. We are Read more…

The Real I4K Begins Sarah Halko Jun 14, 2015

This past week has been incredible. Visiting family and friends was the perfect way to celebrate riding over 1,000 miles. As I pedaled away from my parents, family, and friends, I remember why we are Read more…

Familiar Territory Carrington Watkins Jun 13, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 22.15-06-13.13:25 Three days ago we rolled into Champaign and it was a little strange. I had already said my good byes to U of I at graduation, but it Read more…

Turn of the Century Carrington Watkins Jun 08, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 16.15-06-08.17:35 Yesterday I officially joined the century club! It all started off great as there was minimal wind and we had plenty of room to cycle. However, as the Read more…

New Frontier Carrington Watkins Jun 06, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 15.15-06-06.22:10 After several days of intense cycling, hospital visits, and opportunities to grow closer as a team, so much has already happened over the past 2 weeks. I’m still Read more…

New Month, New State(s), New Perspective Liz Berger Jun 02, 2015

It’s incrediby hard for me to believe that today marks day 11 of this 72 day journey. I wish I had it in me to write the highlights so far, but the most important thing Read more…

Illini 4000 is… Samantha Yadron Jun 02, 2015

…where you meet your best friends …where you learn what the word “team” truly means …where you are humbled and inspired …where talking to strangers isn’t necessarily a bad thing …where those strangers become friends Read more…

Improvisation Carrington Watkins May 31, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 9.15-05-31.21:55 After several fairly uneventful days as the team has started to hit a routine, quite the curve ball was thrown today. Ashley, one of the current directors of Read more…

Blog Location Note Lauraleigh Heffner May 29, 2015

Hi Friends, For some of you, you may be wondering, what happened to Lauraleigh’s blogging, but I want to let you know that it is still happening just in a slightly different location. I am Read more…

Building for Days to Come Carrington Watkins May 28, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 5.15-05-28.22:20 Yesterday and today were days that demonstrated exactly how much the team has learned already in terms of what needs to be done in terms of logisitics as Read more…

Five Days In Sarah Halko May 28, 2015

So far so good. I think everyone is starting to feel the 350+ miles we have pedaled so far. Although we are sore, we are constantly reminded of the reason for our journey between the Read more…

Blast From the Past Carrington Watkins May 26, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 3.15-05-26.19:40 Today Tony, Lauraleigh, and I had the amazing opportunity to ride with one of the riders that rode both the first and second year of Illini 4000. Sandy Read more…

First Encounter Carrington Watkins May 25, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date 2.15-05-25.22:26 Today the Enterprise got its first flat tire. It’s an everyday thing in the cycling world and was like a 20 minute fix. I’d say it marks a Read more…

The Journey Starts Sarah Halko May 25, 2015

We did it! Officially pedaled away from Lady Liberty in NYC and am now in Albany, NY. Although the rides can be long and challenging, my teammates keep me moving as well as all of Read more…

Maiden Voyage Carrington Watkins May 24, 2015

Assistant Ride Leaders Log. Bike Date 1.15-05-24.21:30 Today the Enterprise and I successfully navigated the bike paths of New York City, visited New Jersey, and rode up long inclines that challenge the Illinois Residents’ idea Read more…

Day 1: Meeting Damon Runyon and New York City Lauraleigh Heffner May 23, 2015

It has been a busy day. We got into New York last night around 11:20 PM…By the time that we got some food, unpacked our bikes and got to where we were staying, it was Read more…

Day One Angelica Czarnecka May 23, 2015

The team had to come into Union Station 11 am on Thursday. We boxed the bikes to be able to put them on the train and then my family and friends hung out with me Read more…

Day 0: Getting to NYC Lauraleigh Heffner May 22, 2015

If there is one thing that I have learned today is that there is more than one way to get to New York City. We took the 50 Cardinal from Union Station in Chicago bound Read more…