Slow and Steady

By Brandon Gotha

This past week has been a fun and challenging one. We have had a lot of up hill climbing. Earlier in the week I posted to my facebook friends when I realized there were a couple different ways to get up a hill, one being slow and steady, and two being a sprint-and-rest method. However, the hills out here are way too big for that option. The third option that came to mind would be wait at the bottom for a person in a car to pick you up. I came to this theory when we were looking at two straight days of climbing with relatively little down hill. It is called the parks and peaks ride not the parks and peaks down hill tour. The climbing can’t be avoided. I went for the slow and steady option.

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A Wonderful Time

By Bill Turner

565 miles done, 29,780 feet of climbing. Time flies when we have been riding for over a week. The scenic beauty has been wonderful once we left the rain of the Portland, Oregon area. In California we now ride with the bike computer reading 99 to 100 degrees in the sun, verses the 50-60 degrees along the coast in Oregon.Continue reading

Rejoicing in Our Suffering

Written by: Mike Rutherford

Our team woke up in Meridan, CT after a long, previous day of climbing and heat. Ahead of us lay an 84 mile ride day with more climbing, more heat, and more traffic. We had a great breakfast thanks to Richard and spent some of our daily round up time  with the locals as a friendly dog joined us for some FCBA love.

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Living a better way

Written by: Ruth Waite

It’s my turn to write again! We’ve been on the ride for nearly four weeks now. I am a lot stronger than when I began the journey, and I can do things I couldn’t do previously.

Two days ago, we rode along a bike path through Silverthorn, CO. The bike path ended at the Dillon reservoir—9,017 feet elevation. To get from the river level to the top of the dam required going up a bike path with lots of switchbacks. There was even a little sign to show that it was steep, just like the steep road signs.

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