Thanksgiving!

I am very thankful for all of those who helped us raise just under $7000 for education around the world! Thanks to two of my best friends Jackson and Seth for the wonderful adventure this past summer! Thanks to all who helped support us along the way!

Here is a short compilation of some of the videos we took throughout the trip!

 

Peace and Blessings! Happy Thanksgiving All!

-Caleb

Thank You from The Chamois Butter Boys

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible!! We couldn’t have done it without the family, friends and strangers who we met along the way.

  
(Pacific Ocean)

  
(Atlantic Ocean)

We had so many people help us we can’t possibly name them all but we want to try to acknowledge our hosts, some of whom are family and friends and others who were just gracious strangers who opened their homes to us. And everyone else who met us to ride with us or provide us with food and water, lunches, snacks, sunscreen etc!!

Andrew Glick – Portland, OR

The Aeschliman Family – Salem, OR

The Lehman Family – Albany, OR

The Martin Family – Eugene, OR

Will & Julie – Bakers City, OR

The Miller Hassinger Family – Boise, ID

The Black Family – Idaho Falls, ID

Peggy and Glen – Driggs, ID

Steve & friends – Dubois, WY

Kirt – Silverthorne, CO

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp – Divide, CO

The Miller Family (Seth’s fam) – Colorado Springs, CO

Kaedi and Jesse Baer – Hesston, KS

Cliff – Emporia, KS

Erin and Eric – Ottowa, KS

Goshen College – Kansas City, MO

Barbara and David – Warrensburg, MO

The Liddle Family – Columbia, MO

The Smith Family – St. Louis, MO

The Moyer Family – Monticello, IL

The Caskey Family – Goshen, IN

The Graber Family – Stryker, OH

The Bush Family (Jackson’s fam) – Bluffton, OH

Aaron & Elise Bontrager, Jenna and Mary Ramseyer – Wooster, OH

Ruth Anne & Claire – Lisbon, OH

Abe Stuckey – Pittsburgh, PA

The Longenecker Family (Caleb’s fam) – Capon Bridge, WV

The Weaver Family – Lititz, PA

The Bush Family – Souderton, PA

Jim and Kay Derstine – Souderton, PA

The Fund Family – Sea Isle City, NJ

Thank You!  

-Caleb, Jackson, Seth (aka Chamois butter boys)

Atlantic Coast!!

Wednesday we arrived at the Atlantic coast! We decided to go to Ocean Grove, NJ because it is straight east from Souderton, PA where we stayed and only 85 miles rather than the 100+ to Ocean City, NJ.

I stayed with my uncle Preston and aunt Lynelle, and Seth and Caleb stayed with Seth’s Grandparents. We had left most of our gear behind so we could ride light to the coast, so when we took off our spirits were high. There is nothing quite like going from lugging around 40 pounds to not carrying any weight. It makes you feel like Lance Armstrong! This feeling was soon crushed, however, as we ran into rush hour traffic on the narrow roads coming out of Souderton. We ended up having to take some detours in order to stay off those busy roads, since we all agreed that getting hit by a car on the last day would be a pretty disagreeable event. After a while we were able to get into more back country roads and traffic calmed down. Overall the day was relatively uneventful. We crossed over the George Washington memorial bridge and into our final state!

  
From there we took a bike path along the Delaware river for a while that was sunny and beautiful. As the day wore on we grew closer and closer to our final destination, something we had been looking forward to and thinking about for the entire trip. Aroudn 15 miles away from the ocean we got on 33 east which had a solid shoulder and a great tailwind to boot. With light bikes and the prospect of swimming in the atlantic ocean to fuel us we were flying towards the coast. Our arrival on the coast was to be prolonged, however, because in some cruel twist of fate I got a flat tire with no more than 5 miles to go.

  
So there we were, with Caleb happily sitting on his buns while either Seth or I fixed a flat for the last time. This whole trip Seth and I had been saying we we’re going to slash Caleb’s tires if he made it the entire 4000+ miles without getting a flat. However, since Caleb didn’t seem to want to cooperate with that at the time, we’ll just have to wait.

After fixing my flat, we flew those last few miles to the ocean. AS we were cruising into Ocean Grove we crested a small hill and could finally see the ocean in the distance. We of course started whooping and hollering and just generally disrupting the peace. When we reached the ocean we turned and biked alongside the boardwalk for a while until we met up with my uncle Preston, cousin Clara and our friend Sam Weaver.

We wasted no time in locking up our bikes to the railing of the boardwalk and running into the ocean. We didn’t even bother to change into our swim trunks, we just ran in, taking off our cycling jerseys on the way. We dove right in and proceeded to cause quite the scene as we celebrated. Seeing as how it took us 3 months to get to that point I think causing a scene was the least of our worries. After frolicking in the waves like children for a while we lay in the sand for a bit, feeling accomplished.

  
(Feelings of accomplishment)

  
(Ceremonial front wheel dip. We dipped our rear wheel in the Pacific)

After all that nonsense, we decided to actually change into our swim wear and play in the ocean waves for a while. We grabbed food after, some Korean fusion tacos that were delicious, and then had a nice summer shandy at a boardwalk bar after.

  
We spent the rest of the evening watching the waves and feeling the sun set behind our backs.

  
From there Seth and I parted ways with Caleb, who is hanging out on the coast for a couple days. My uncle Preston was kind enough to take me to the greyhound station in Philly so I could catch a bus just after midnight. It was there that Seth and I said goodbye, and I said goodbye to Preston and Clara as well.

As I am finishing typing this in a greyhound terminal in Toledo, OH, it all just feels like a dream to me. I rode my bike all the way to the east coast and then got on a greyhound no more than 8 hours after we arrived. It all happened so fast that it’s hard to believe it actually happened. the whole concept of us being totally done with the trip is something that is a little hard to grasp. I think in a few days I’ll be itching to get back on the bike. I think, however, that for now I’m fine just to relax a bit.

-Jackson

5 days left.. $13 short

We are very excited to announce that we are 5 days of riding away from the east coast and hope to end this coming Wednesday, August 5! We are also excited to announce we are only $13 short of our goal of raising $5000 for Mennonite Central Committee’s Global Family Program, which supports educational efforts around the globe! If you wish to contribute to the cause you can follow this link below! Thanks to all for helping us accomplish our fundraising goal!!

https://donate.mcc.org/registry/goshen-college-students-bike-across-us-mcc-global-family-program

  

(West coast)

  

 (Adventure)

  
(Reflection)

  
(Joy)

Ramseyer Farm, Pittsburgh and Beatty Bike Co-op!

It was wonderful to have Perry Bush, Jackson’s dad, ride along with us from Bluffton to Wooster, OH. As a historian and professor at Bluffton college, I loved listen to him tell us stories about the land. He teaches a class on Ohio history and knew his stuff! It was neat to stop at a historic mill north of Upper Sandusky, one that Perry had never been to. Jackson’s mom picked up Perry in Wooster. 

  
  
(Taking some breaks along the way. Jackson and his dad Perry)

We spent the evening with some Goshen friends who live on a farm between Wooster and Smithville. We had fun catching up with Mary and Jenna Ramseyer and Aaron and Elise Bontrager. The women are the most wonderful triplets I know! They are all so kind. Aaron, Elise and I all studied abroad through Goshen College’s Study Service Term in Nicaragua for 3 months 2 summers ago together. They all gave us a tour of the famous Ramseyer farm in the evening after a delicious meal of homemade pizza and ice cream. Their farm is unique in that is draws on the niche market of Agro-tourism. Their main business comes in the form of people coming to pick pumpkins, feed goats, slide down slides, play in corn pits, or those who come to try and not get lost in their two large corn mazes, which Aaron designs differently every year. 

  
(Morning send off with the Ramseyer triplets, sorry Aaron had already taken off for work)

They sent us off with a large breakfast and fresh laundry! We met up with my uncle Mitch Mann outside of Canton in Canal Fulton for lunch. It was great to see him again and he always makes me laugh! He always tells halarious stories. 

Eastern Ohio was absolutely killer. Once we got out of Canton we were taking these back country roads that turned into crazy steep rolling hills. People say they started getting smarter about how to build roads once they got to the west. These roads were steep!  It made for a hard finish of the day and probably our hardest day on this second half of the trip. We stayed with more wonderful hosts in Lisbon, OH, who we contacted through warmshowers, Ruth Ann and her husband Claire. 

   
 
(Covered bridge in eastern Ohio)

We met up with our good friend Abe Stuckey about halfway into our ride the next day and he rode with us the last 35 miles into Pittsburgh. We stopped at his parents house along the way and ate a large rice and curry lunch. Without him directing us through the city, we would have probably been really lost. It was so convenient to just zip along behind Abe weaving through the streets of Pittsburgh. He took us up to Mt. Washington where we had an incredible view of the city, and the three rivers. We stayed with Abe that night and were also able to enjoy the company of Michael Miller and Evan Grimes, other Goshen friends. 

  
(Wonderful meal on Abe’s back porch on east side of Pittsburgh)

For the Last year Abe has been putting a lot of work in opening and running a bike co-op out of the garage in his house called The Beatty Bike Co-Op. He got a grant for tools and other supplies and opens every Saturday and community members can come and use the tools to work on their bikes. People can donate parts or bikes to the co-op, or buy bikes there. If someone wants to buy a bike they can reduce the price by working on fixing up the bike. Every hour they put into the bike is $10 off the price of that bike. Abe along with other volunteers including Michael run a seamless operation there and a great community builder and bike advocacy program! Jackson also hopes to help out with the co-op next year when he moves to Pittsburgh. 

  
(Abe and Michael giving advice in the Beatty bike Co-op)
-Caleb 

Goshen to Bluffton via Florida (Ohio)

After a week off the bike and the gang reassembled at Jim and Lisa Caskey’s house before our departure from Goshen the morning of the 22.

 I had spent some time up at little Eden camp with my family and Jackson had returned from Pittsburgh where he had been interviewing with several nonprofit organizations which he hopes to be working with this coming year through the PULSE program. Lisa prepared us a great breakfast to get us on our way, I think I ate too much because I had a side stitch going after half an hour. We were finally able to physically ride with our fourth member of our trip, Emma Caskey. 

  
  
Emma has been with us the whole trip linked by an invisible string attached to jackson’s phone.  Haha I’m just giving the love birds a hard time. Actually one of my favorite times during the day is when jackson and Emma talk on the phone in the evening and jackson would be recounting the days’ adventure to Emma. Jackson is a great storyteller, And takes after his dad perry.  Seth and I would be listening like grandkids listening to a well known story told by grandpa piping up every now and again with corrections or additions to the story. Anyways, it was great to have our good friend Emma along with us for the first 50 miles leaving Goshen on our way to our friends Natalie and Luke Graber’s familys’ house in Stryker, OH.  Unfortunately Natalie wasn’t there but we had a great meal with fresh sweet corn and burgers with Luke and his parents joe and Karen. Thank you to Joe, Karen, Luke, Megan for being so hospitable! 

We had two unbelievably gorgeous days of riding first to the Graber’s and then on to Bluffton. We have heard the Midwest has been swamped with rain and only now are farmers here able to get into their fields to harvest the wheat, which was happening in Kansas when we were going thru there al,let a month ago. We have been really fortunate with weather and seem to be just missing all the rain. 

    
In between Stryker and Bluffton, we went through a town called Florida, OH.  We were joking around that we didn’t see many retired folk and wondering why this was such a popular vacation spot. The town had a bridge that we were going to take to get accross the Maumee river which was several hundred feet wide. The actual bridge across the Maumee was fine but the bridge was out where it crossed a smaller tributary running parallel with the Maumee. To give you a better picture of this there we were standing looking down into this ravine with a creek that at certain places was only 10-15 feet wide. There was a construction crew working on the other side of the creek on the intact portion of the bridge. Other bridges to get accross were another 7 miles in either direction according to our maps. We took a while to decide what to do. While we were standing there an older gentleman came up and was talking to us about our dilemma. The problem was it was a dirty muddy river and we couldn’t see the bottom and couldn’t tell how far we would sink in if we tried carrying our bikes accross. The man told us he wouldn’t cross if he was us and informed us that all the houses along the creek used to empty their septic into the creek until about 8 years ago when the town got a new system. 8 years didn’t sound like a long enough time for me when the creek seemed pretty stagnant. Jackson wanted to do it and save the miles and I wanted to do it but didn’t want the infection. Jackson and I decided it was worth it and convinced our wilderness guide Seth to do it even though he was not very inclined. I told Jackson he had to go first lol. So we got our sandles on and strip down our bikes and are prepping to walk across when a guy comes out of no where and tells us there is a dam we can cross less than a mile down and come up a tote path on the other side to get on the bridge. The older man who came back over to see us get muddy said “oh yeah I forgot about that one”.  Apparently the water was only a little over a foot deep but the mud on the bottom would swallow us up 3 feet. We were very glad for the alternative and I made the joke to Jackson ” I can’t believe you were about to walk thru that muddy septic river, ugh that’s disgusting” to which Seth said “oh shush you were egging him on!”.  

We crossed over the small pedestrian walkway and came back up a small path on the other side between the creek and the Maumee and jumped on the bridge. 

  
(Seth’s new look)

We were happy to have Jackson’s dad Perry Bush ride out to meet us with about 25 miles to go. Jackson was jubilant about riding with his dad and continued to get more excited as we neared his hometown of Bluffton.

  
 We stayed with Jacksons family for a couple nights. Jackson gave USA small tour of Bluffton which is a great small town. It was funny to go about 5 blocks and Jackson had already pointed out several close friends houses, his elementary school, middle school, high school, his church, his bank, his local bike shop. It is a great small town and we have been enjoying my time here with Perry, Elisia, Kerry, and Cassidy Bush. We ate like kings at the Bushs’! Friday evening some family friends came over for an ice cream social at the Bush household which was fun too

-Caleb 

Route Time Table

We are happy to announce we made it to our home town of Goshen, IN!!!

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We are catching up on some blog posts right now, so details of the past couple weeks are on their way!

I am keeping a small journal with me which I write down some happenings of each day. Its fun for me to flip thru this small journal and be reminded of places we have gone. This is what it looks like:

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I thought it might be interesting to compile a large list of places and dates from the first half of the trip. From when Jackson joined us in Albany it took us about 6 weeks (42 days) to get to Kansas City for the Mennonite Youth Convention.

May 6-11 Portland, OR

May 12 Portland to Salem OR

May 14 Salem to Albany OR

May 18 Albany to Suislaw National Forest

May 19 Suislaw NF to Cape Perpetua (on Oregon Coast)

May 20 Cape Perpetua to Florence to Swisshome OR

May 21 Swisshome to Eugene OR

May 22 Eugene to Mackenzie Bridge OR

May 23 Mackenzie Pass – Sisters OR

May 24 Rest Day in Sisters OR

May 25 Sisters to Ochoco Lake (Meet up with Greg Wilson)

May 26 Lake Ochoco to Mitchel OR (ghost town)

May 27 Mitchel to Mount Vernon OR (Bike INN)

May 28 Mount Vernon to top of Tipton Pass (Camp in Nat’l Forest)

May 29 Tipton Pass to Bakers City OR

May 30 Bakers City to Brogan OR (day from hell)

May 31 Brogan OR to Boise ID (earwig morning)

June 1 Rest Day in Boise ID

June 2 Boise to Running Bear RV park

June 3 Running Bear RV to Hayspur Hatchery

June 4 Hayspur to Arco ID (free BBQ)

June 5 Arco to Idaho Falls ID (there was absolutely nothing to see all day)

June 6 Idaho Falls to Driggs ID

June 7 Driggs ID to Jackson WY to Jenny Lake

June 8 Rest day at Jenny Lake (Grand Teton Nat’l Park)

June 9 Jenny Lake to Dubois WY

June 10 Dubois to Lander WY

June 11 Lander to Jeffery City to Split Rock

June 12 Split Rock to Rawlins

June 13 Rawlins to 6 mile gap Camp ground (very close to CO)

June 14 6 mile gap to CO National forest

June 15 Camping in National forest to Silverthorne Colorado.

June 16 Silverthorne to Breckenridge to Hartsel CO

June 17 Hartsel to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

June 18 RMMC to Colorado Springs (Seth’s house)

June 19 Rest Day at Seth’s house

June 20 Colorado Springs to Pueblo to Fowler CO

June 21 Fowler to Sheridan Lake CO

June 22 Sheridan Lake CO to Scott City KS

June 23 Scott City KS to Rush Center KS

June 24 Rush Center to Lyons KS

June 25 Lyons to Hesston KS

June 26 Hesston to Emporia KS

June 27 Emporia to Ottowa KS

June 28 Emporia to Kansas City!

MCC Global family

Hi y’all–my name is Lowell Brown. I help to coordinate MCC’s Global Family education program that Jackson, Caleb and Seth are generously supporting with their bike ride.
Global Family projects are community based, which means that local schools and community leaders determine their education priorities, and MCC supplies resources and support. In this way Global Family improves the quality of education for more than 45,000 young people in 40 countries each year.

Take a minute to flip through a few of the projects at http://mcc.org/learn/what/education/globalfamily/programs. They range from K-12 schools to preschools, after-school programs, peace clubs and vocational training centers.
For $1 a day, on average, Global Family improves education for five children or young adults. So if the JCS Tour meets its goal of $5,000, it will effectively send 68 kids to school for a year. Not too shabby!
Since Jackson, Caleb and Seth are climbing mountains for education, I figured I could move my fingers a bit. I donated online at https://donate.mcc.org/registry/goshen-college-students-bike-across-us-mcc-global-family-program, and you should too. 
Actually, I just decided I’m going to donate again when they cross the Mississippi. Who’s with me? 

The Wonderful Hospitality continues and we make it to Kansas City for Menno Con 15! 

We made it to KC! We are so glad to finally be here. Sorry about the longevity between posts, we have been really busy. And when we  are exhausted at the end of our days in Kansas, sleeping became a larger priority than posting a blog write up. Anyways we we so happy to pull up infront of the Westin we are staying in here in KC and after a week of short nights and sleep deprivation, the last few nights of soft mattresses were great. Throughout Kansas we had been getting up at 4 and trying to hit the road as soon as we could to try to beat the 95 degree heat that arrived midday.  

We are carrying a large map that we mark our route everyday. I’ll attach a picture and those of you who have been tracking us from home can compare on your own maps! Last week we made some huge headway covering 700 miles in 8 days and it’s literally a straight line east when we look at the map across Kansas. It was kind of nice to get up and say “well, this road east all day”. Navigation made easy. 

We did deviate south a bit to visit our sister school, Hesston college in Hesston,KS. We were also able to ride through other Mennonite meccas including Moundridge and Goessel. We arrived at Hesston college around midday and were able to get a tour from Bethany Miller who works in admissions there. I was extremely impressed with the campus and it was fun to be there. I have heard so much about the school from my friends who went there, it was nice to see where their stories took place. 

We stayed with our friends (and newly weds) Kaedi and Jesse Baer in Hesston! We had a wonderful lunch together at a Mexican restaurant el Cerrito, I believe it was called. In the evening I borrowed jesse’s car and drove to Jake smuckers house in Goessel. Jake and I were paired up as roommates during our first year at Goshen and lived with each other for the last four years. Jake wasn’t home but I had dinner with Dan (brother and junior at Goshen college) and parents Barb and Joe. 

  
Jackson met up with his friend Wesley who lives in Hesston and they worked at camp friedenswald together a couple summers ago. 

We also felt that we should look a bit more presentable for when we showed up in KC, so we all got haircuts. 

  
Our three days to KC were awesome. We had fairly easy mileage and the last day we had a strong tailwind which blew us right into the city! 

We knew the cities we wanted to get to, so we had a destination but we didn’t know where we were going to stay. 

Oh and I should say that our day to Emporia, KS we had our first major bike issue. Jackson’s rear dérailleur cable snapped. We tried to pull it tight and just tie it in place to the front tube. This basically allowed Jackson to have two gears to work with. Unfortunately we were in eastern Kansas and beginning to go through a lot of rolling hills. So that led to a tougher day, and Seth and Jackson switched bikes for a while to give Jackson a bit of a break. So after getting that fixed in the bike shop in Emporia, we were sitting outside the bike shop figuring out whether there was camping in town and where we could eat. We started talking with a guy who was coming into the bike shop and he invited us to stay at his place. 

We went to eat at a BBQ joint called Bobby D’s in emporia and we had been waiting to sit when Seth looks across the restaurant and sees our friend Tammy who we saw a week and half earlier up at Rmmc. She is a pastor in Newton KS, and just happened to be passing through emporia on her way home from a conference in KC. It was a very fun coincidence to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting. When we went to pay for our meal our waiter told us our bill had been taken care of. I wonder who it was! 😉

  
(Thanks for dinner Tammy!)

Cliff Allen, an avid cyclist and well known in the community let us stay in an apartment above his garage. The generosity we received from Cliff was amazing. We threw our bikes on the rack of his car and he drove us to his place. 

  
(Loading bikes onto Cliffs jeep.)

When we got there, his son, Luke who’s 26, had a bunch of friends over and Cliff introduced us along the lines of “found these bikers on side of the road” and no one seemed surprised at all and just welcomed us right into hanging out, like we had been friends for a long time. Cliff woke up and made us breakfast which was really nice, and then while we were packing up our things upstairs he was in the garage rewrapping jacksons handlebars and added another layer of his own. Now Jackson is rocking some bright blue handlebars. Plus, he set all our bikes up on his stand and cleaned all of our chains! Wow. 

 
(Thanks for the great night Cliff! Left to right: Caleb, Cliff, Seth, Jackson)

On our way to Ottowa, our next stop, we rode past a Lemonade stand in a small town of Williamsburg and got some refreshing cold lemonade and Popsicles. We like supporting young entrepreneurs! The parents of the kids, Justin and Regina, running the stand were really interested in our trip and asked if we needed a place to stay in Ottowa. They quick called their friends and found us a place to stay for the night! We had a great time with Erin and Eric Zuelke and it was fun to also see Regina and Justin again later that evening because they had already been planning to grill some burgers with Erin and Eric. It was fun to make the connection that Eric actually graduated from Hesston College in 2007 in bible and religion and knew all about the Menno ways. 

Big thank yous to our hosts this past week including Kaedi and Jesse Baer, Cliff Allen and family and Erin and Eric as well as Justin and Regina Evans!

We are living it up here in KC! Helping out with the Goshen college booth and seeing so many fiends and our families is so wonderful! We hope to advocate for our beloved school and join in on the recruitment process! 

This also means rest and relaxation for us off the bike. Actually Eastern Mennonite booth had a couple stationary bikes Set up in a race situation. So we were thinking of putting on our cycling gear and going over to break some records! 

Peace and blessings! 

-Caleb 

 

Push to RMMC, Seth’s house, Then the flatlands

The night before we got to camp we stayed in this small town called Hartsel. There wasn’t much of a town, a cafe and gas station pretty much. We were looking for a place to camp for the night and the guy at the gas station suggested we go camp behind this old  rundown red barn. It was a beautiful spot to camp. Seth was excited to sleep inside but jackson and I chose to set up the tent outside. The place was just a bit too creepy. Turns out Seth might have chosen the better solution for the night. I have never been in a tent when it’s gotten that windy. A big storm came through in the middle of the night. I woke up to the side of the tent smashing down on my face from the force of the wind gusts. Luckily everything stayed dry. We’re amazed that even with such a storm that little sheet (rainfly) we drape over the tent each night was able to perform as well as it did. 

 
We had a beautiful morning of riding and crossed over Wilkerson Pass. I enjoyed watching the progress of a hot air ballon get off the ground, as we rode past it and then saw it from a distance behind us. The downhill from Wilkerson pass was fabulous! I got up to 47 miles an hour! Oh yeah! Once the steep part ended we had an awesome tailwind and slight down hill all the way to lake George. We were cruising at an easy 30 mph. If only all biking were like that! 

From lake George we climbed all the way back up to Rocky Mountain Mennonite camp. Which lies at the base of pikes peak at elevation of 9620ft. We were warmly greeted by some of our Goshen friends who were working summer staff there and the other members of the staff. RMMC is one of my favorite places in the world. And Seth’s second home. Words can’t describe how happy I was to bike a familiar road and see people I knew at camp. It was extremely rejuvenating. We got there in time for lunch and spent the afternoon lounging around and played the disc golf course Seth helped set up around camp. That evening we got a quality dose of hail, mixed in with the sunshine.

 
That you to Rocky Mountain Mennonite camp for so hospitable giving us food and lodging! You have a special place in our hearts. Also if anyone out there has not visited this wonderful place you should! You can rent beautiful cabins overlooking the mountains and spend a quality weekend hiking or relaxing. Anyways that’s my plug, it’s such a great place. 

The following day we dropped 3000ft into Colorado Springs. Talk about a long downhill! It felt like a rest day! We went right through a beautiful canyon along route 24. When we arrived at Seth’s house, we were happy to see friends and family sitting on lawn chairs in the yard awaiting our arrival! One of which happened to be Andrew Glick, our friend from Portland. Together Andrew, Jesse gotwals and Indy, Seth’s sister, we’re going backpacking the following day. It was great to see them and along with Jodi, Seth’s mom, we all went out to eat for dinner, which was awesome. 

 
Then we had a real rest day at Seth’s place. Jodi spoiled us with food. We had a great day off the bikes but it was filled with running errands and catching up on things we needed to do, internship stuff etc. We also were also interviewed by Dominique Chew,  working in Com Mar at Goshen college and Rachel Sommers from MCC. 

The last few days have gone quick. Seth’s dad, Bryan, came back from his week long ‘Ride the Rockies’ tour to bike with us for a day. 

 
We took a long break in Eads, Colorado to get out of the sun for a couple of hours and came across this sign. Apparently we have gone half way! Time flys. 

 
We stayed at some wonderful church last night in Sheridan lake and were able to use their kitchen and sleep in the cool air conditioning. We’d bike 107 miles! Feeling accomplished with our century rise. 

We reached Kansas today. 

  
Because of the heat we resorted to getting up at 4am. So worth it. Today we battled a brutal cross wind coming from the north. Unbelievably windy! Riding basically sideways. With so much surface area win our bags and stuff every time a truck would pass the wall of wind that would hit us almost made us come to a halt. It was crazy how much the wind was able to toss us around today. We rolled into Scott city Kansas just beat. We arent going any farther today, 77 miles today a bit under where we wanted to be but still good. We are aiming to get to Kansas City by Sunday evening. From Seth’s house in Colorado Springs we knew we had to do 700 miles in 8 days. It’s pretty rough, especially when the wknd beats you up all day like today. we are hoping for one day of great tailwind to make up the mileage. We will make it to KC! We are determined  

 (sunrise this morning) 

 (It was a hot one yesterday coming across eastern Colorado)