trial run March 30. Temp got down to 30 degrees. Perfect for checking my cold gear. My plans are to ride the 4270 mile race again this year and raise money for JCS hopefully injury free
made it home Monday evening iced and elevated foot/leg. I saw my Dr. this morning and looks like a bit of repetitive strain injury (go figure) maybe some nueropathy. I'll take it easy for a few weeks, anti inflammatories and should be back to normal. You have to know when to say when. More days of climbing and I could have ruptured the tendon
Coming up next is the 2017 JCS Bike for Heroes in Columbia, IL
this is a great opportunity to come out for the same great cause and ride your bike 10, 25, 50, or 80 miles.
As much as I would love to ride with everyone I am a support vehicle for the ride. The great thing is you don't have to scrape and plan snacks and rest stops. We have that all covered for you. Register early for shirt promotion bag availability.
i was all ready to get on greyhound bike was boxed up and ready to go. The driver was handling the bike like it was a Rubbermaid trash can and I said to be careful. He got nasty and I asked to let me put it in but he was jamming and shoving it finally he laid it flat and was going to throw a bunch of luggage on top. I said pull it off your going to destroy my bike. So long story Tracy rented a car and she and I are going to road trip me home
Day 1 - preloaded tracks disappeared from my gps. Rode roughly 170 miles with 8000 ft of cumulative vertical climbing. Only ate about 2500 calories. Your body just is in shock over what you are doing to it.
Day 2 - no tracks on the gps made navigating very difficult. Luckily I had que sheets with turn by turn all the way across the US. I had to always cross check my que with ride with gps maps on my phone. Rode about 150 miles climbing constantly. Going over Mackenzie pass is where tendons started having trouble. Most of the time it was steeper than 15%. I was going to camp in deep deep woods because I knew I wouldn't make it to the top before dark. This old timer talked me into going up and over. He left me in the dust. I reached the summit around 9;15 in pitch dark and near or below freezing. I was struggling with no reception and could not tell which way to go. I knew if I camped on the summit I would be in big trouble and was contemplating pushing SOS on the tracker. Just then I saw three headlights coming up behind me and headed downhill.
On the way down I was number 2 and we were doing 30 mph and my headlight went out. I could not stop for fear of the two behind me slamming into me. So I looked at his taillight and could see the dashed line on the rode from the red reflection. I managed to slip on my helmet light turned it on and could see a bit better.
When end we got to the bottom I have never been so cold in my life I cranked the heat up to 90 in the hotel and warmed up by morning.
Still not eating very much
Day 3 - very cold start but warms up quickly. Rode about 90 miles most of it was the 50 mile hill that is where my tendon was really not happy with me. Unbeknownst to me I was 1 mile from the summit and in very low spirits with the pain and heat ( and talking to Scout my bike ) a pickup pulled alongside and said I was almost to the top with a big downhill then a short 3 mile climb to a good meal and a bunk bed. That could not have come at a better time. A lot of riders were scratching at this hostel we were at.
Had a great meal and a good rest to start the next day
Day 4 - started at 4:00 am climbing. Rode around 90 miles just always climbing. Flat at best. But always pedaling
rolled through Prairie city and kept going I was 3 miles into a terrible climb when my tendon got so bad I had to start walking. Realizing I won't make the next city 40 miles away or so I started back down the hill stopped at this covered wagon lookout to camp and realized I did not have enough provisions for the next day. So I reluctantly rode all the way back down the hill and got a hotel so I could ice up
Day 5 - sent some things back to STL. I got some food and met Brad and his daughter Alexis. We decided to ride together for the day. I was in pretty bad shape by now and was using my left leg for power the right was pretty much just clipped in and rotating ( this was in the first 10 minutes of the day ). I dreaded going back up the hill but we were able to suffer together ( Alexis had been having Achilles trouble ). About 40 miles in I noticed swelling and I had to release the buckles on my right shoe to keep going. We made it to Baker City but by now I could not put any weight on my right leg at all. My foot was like a floppy dead fish attached to my leg. ( didn't smell as bad as a dead fish though ). I knew I was in big trouble to continue and started to figure out next towns and what was ahead.
It gets more and more desolate from here and your options if a problem arises is to turn around and go back to baker city.
With the the availability of Greyhound to get home. I decided to call it and make it home get on some crutches and ice and good prescription meds and avoid further damage.
All in all, what an amazing experience. You really learn some things about yourself in those kinds on situations. I love the challenge of figuring your way around messed up GPS and other health issues that cause great discomfort and pushing yourself to a crazy level. Scout ran so well it was unbelievable. I believe I could have finished with no mechanical or tire issues at all, unbelievable.
It it is always good to learn from an experience and I already have things figured out for next time!!!!!
I want to thank everyone who watched me and had interest in the whole event sounds like it was fun to watch play out.
Finally and mostly thank you for those who donated to the JCS Heroes they were certainly an inspiration to me through some extremely trying circumstances.
Well the suffering isn't over yet. I had to pick up a bike box for the trip back to STL and limp a mile and a half up to the station.
bad news.......... I am looking at options as to the next step. I have been struggling with a tendon issue, my best guess is tibialis anterior tendon inflammation. My right foot is like a floppy fish on the end of my leg. More to come when I figure out what I am doing
yesterday if you were following the dots you would have noticed I rode the whole day with Brad and Alexis, a father faughter pair from Canada. Suffering in numbers made a long day of climbing much easier.
tough day today hours and hours of climbing. I have been struggling with a serious ankle tendon problem since day two. It has caused me to need to get a hotel every night and ice and soak it to make the next day. I now have swelling and am pedaling with my left leg only the right one is just going round and round. More on that tomorrow. I'll follow this with some pictures
that sign is one of the best things about. Long climb. I am usually running 45 mph for miles down these hills.
as I sit in my hotel icing up tendons and caring for some saddles sores, the JCS Heroes that you all have donated to have injuries that don't go away, they are a permanent result of their sacrifice for our freedom.
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It it is getting closer!!!
After days of climbing and dealing with some tendon issues I need to take extra time and ice things up so I can get back on the road.
It it has been extremely hot here trying to keep covered and sunscreen I have a few big climbs left in OR then on to Idaho.
Last Update: 08:20:07 AM (PDT) 06/06/17 - Current speed 9.8 mph - Route 447 of 4,270 miles
These are from Ochoco National Forest on my way to Mitchell, Oregon. Mostly an uphill day.
Climbing and climbing and climbing like unbelievable, but the scenery was spectacular. I saw a steam engine running along the Pacific coast and the little beach towns are awesome. I stopped for the night about 10:30 PT (12:30 AM CT). Slept under a bush. Was probably the noisiest town I've ever been in. Then the sprinklers came on in the park at about three in the morning. It was pretty cold. Got up this morning about 4 AM PT and got moving.”
Tough day and it's not over yet. I'm going to ride till around 10:30 some of the toughest hills I've ever encountered. Sleeping in the wild!
I was looking at how much I have raised so far for the JCS Heroes and it looks like I am $4240 from the goal. That is just under a dollar a mile to raise the rest. Even better would be to smash the amount and raise even more.
For those unfamiliar, the race is gearing up for it’s 4th iteration of sending off self supported road racers on a 4300 mile journey across the United States at break neck speed. Featured in the film Inspired to Ride, the Trans Am is part of a quickly growing subset of cyclists. Born out a desire to race on roads with techniques and ethics based in the world of ultra endurance bikepacking events such as the Tour Divide, the Trans Am stands as the middle ground between events like Race Across America and Tour Divide. One being a supported road race across the country and the other being a self supported off road race down the spine of the country. The race bears a little similarity to the European Transcontinental mostly by the similar style of conventional road bikes ridden in the event and it’s cross continent nature.
Had a nice flight into Portland. You could still see a lot of snow in the ground flying over WY, MT, ID
This ride has no support vehicles and each rider is responsible for their own food, shelter, and bicycle maintenance. The route traverses ten states from the Pacific to the Atlantic and begins at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon (pictured above).