Climbing Up Out of the Clouds

By Connor Ciment

Riding out of Crescent City, we had only a few miles of warm up before we came to a big climb into Del Norte Coasts Redwoods State Park. It was a cool and cloudy morning as we began to climb, one pedal stroke after another, and we began to warm up. Some folks stopped to take off layers and have a photo op at the Redwoods National and State Parks signs. I stopped to take a break, and ended up in a selfie of Dan’s at the sign. 

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Rolling Through Nature

Written by: Julio Galindo

7/31/18 we biked 73 miles from Grove City, Pennsylvania, to Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, with an elevation gain of 7,372 feet according to the bike computer we use. Today lights on was at 5 am. We slept on a bunch of pillows put together and it was very comfortable. Today Stephany and I were sweeps. We had an extra rider with us for a few miles, the pastor from the church we stayed. As we were going uphill a family of 3 deer crossed right in front of us. Continue reading

Right Time. Right Place. Right Everything.

Written by: Crystal Anderson

There is that split second at 3am when I ask myself, “Why am I awake right now? What is going on?” Simultaneously, I realize that I need to make an early morning trip to the restroom (per usual) and that I’m shivering a bit because I may have made a poor choice of sleeping spot.

There is that follow up split second when I ask myself, “Did I really just drive nine and a quarter hours to sleep on a floor and to turn around and bike in frigid temperatures? Why didn’t I just find the closest volunteer build location and go build for a day? My work in the office and at home will pile up. And I have to break away from the ride early to get home to another commitment. Why do I have to always choose the most challenging path? Can I do this? Will I have the will to do this? What was I thinking?”

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