Friday, July 31, 2009

Wheels North on KOMO Radio

On the last day of the ride, we were featured on Seattle's KOMO radio in a morning drive-time interview. Click here to listen to the interview with Wheels North's Eric Norris.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wheels North Memorabilia For Sale

Want to have a keepsake of Wheels North? We have a limited number of the following official Wheels North items:
  • Wheels North Jerseys! The official WN jersey, as worn by the riders. Several Mediums, one Small, one Large, and one XLarge available. $75 each
  • Wheels North Water Bottles! White bottles with the Wheels North logo in black. $10 each
  • Wheels North T-Shirts! Grey short-sleeve with the Wheels North logo on the back and front. Limited sizes (email me about availability) $25 each
All prices include shipping. Proceeds will go to the Wheels North fundraising site for the HAA.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, email campyonlyguy [at] me dot com.

Merce Cunningham

Just a note that famed choreographer/dancer Merce Cunningham, who died yesterday, was born in 1919 in Centralia, Washington, the location of the last overnight stop on Wheels North. Several riders enjoyed a beverage in the historic downtown district of Centralia, a place the Cunningham would have known.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Remembering the Start

Here's a great photo of all the Wheels North riders just before the start on July 4. Seems like a long time ago now, but it was less than less than three weeks ago that we rolled out and headed for Seattle ...

Thanks to photographer Marita for coming to Santa Rosa to see us off.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


13 days to ride to Seattle--2 hours to fly back. Vic and Ray couldn't have dreamed of that in 1909! Laurie and I are proud of what all the Wheels North riders and crew accomplished, but also glad to be home again.

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Our Big Seattle Finish

The finish of Wheels North in Seattle was ... spectacular. The fountains at the U of W were shooting into the air, Mt Rainier was out in all her glory, and family and friends were on hand to cheer us in as we completed our 1,120-mile journey from Santa Rosa. Representatives from the Governor's office and the City of Seattle greeted us, champagne was poured, and we thrilled to the feeling of having completed a truly epic adventure.

A few brief stats:
  • We rode 1,120 miles (some riders who got lost along the way rode a little more)
  • We climbed 53,110 feet
  • We rode on 11 days
  • We rested on 2 days
  • 12 riders made it all the way to Seattle
  • We departed Santa Rosa, CA, at 9:30 am on July 4, and arrived at Drumheller Fountain at 6 pm on July 16 (exactly on schedule!)
  • As of the ride's finish, we raised more than $57,000 for Histiocytosis research

Kevin Lynch, videographer for the Big Fix, was on hand and made this fantastic film of the finish. Direct link is:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Crossing the Mighty Columbia!

Yesterday we crossed the Columbia River on the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Here's a video of that part of the ride:

We are DONE!!!

Everyone arrived safe and sound in Seattle after 1,120 miles of riding, 50,000+ feet of climbing, and 13 days on the road. Photos from the last day are here:

More photos from the grand finish coming soon!

Portland to Centralia Photos

Photos from yesterday's penultimate ride:

Almost There!

The riders are gathered for the last few miles to the finish of Wheels North! See you at the fountain at 6!

-- Post From My iPhone

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


At the Calvary church. Time for a shower ...

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We're in Washington!

Just crossed over the Columnia River!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Video: Ashland to Roseburg

A little delayed, but here's the video of the ride from Ashland to Roseburg:

Video: Eugene to Salem

Video from the ride to Salem:

Video: Buena Vista Ferry

Following the route of Vic and Ray, we crossed the Willamette River by ferry:

Eugene to Salem Photos

Photos from Eugene to Salem, 102 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing. We got rained on a little today ... and got a little lost. Still, the last 40 miles of the ride were mostly downhill with a tailwind, and we got to cross the Willamette River on the historic Buena Vista ferry just as Vic and Ray did 100 years ago.

Roseburg to Eugene Photos

Sorry for the delay--didn't have internet until now. Here are photos from Roseburg to Eugene, a ride of 95 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing (including several miles of unpaved ascent):

Monday, July 13, 2009


Just arrived.

-- Post From My iPhone


... At the Momokawa sake distillery.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

After the ride: Dinner

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Just arrived in Salem. Beautiful day of ridi g that included a ride on the Buena Vista ferry over the Willamette River ... and some rain

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Saturday, July 11, 2009


Finish at Sigma Pi frat house.

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Top of Today's Ride

Halfway from Roseburg to Eugene.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Ashland to Roseburg

Today's photos:



Ice cream after a long day on the bike. Yum!

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Just finished 149 tough miles from Ashland to Riseburg. Waiting for pizza, then shower and bed.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Good Night, Ashland!

We roll out for Roseburg at 7:30 tomorrow morning. 144 miles, a few clbs, and lots of downhill!

-- Post From My iPhone

Rest Day Cleaning

Clothing, bikes, and gear get washed on our rest day.

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Warren's Videos

Check out Warren's videos here. Lots of interviews with WN riders and crew.

Video: Corning to Weaverville

Video: Winters to Corning

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Eat to Ride, Ride to Eat

Walter (aka Big Dawg) shows what happens when you put a plate of strawberry waffles in front of a hungry Wheels North rider:

The Oregon State Line

Here is the Wheels North team that arrived at the Oregon state line: Walter, Kevin, Eric, Ken, Willie, Jim, Warren, Peter, Greg, Shawn, and Randy. Like Vic and Ray, they stuck together.

Great work, riders! and thanks to our support crew for helping us get here: Alyson, Eric, Kim, Laurie, Natalie, and Steve.

But wait, there's more to come! We're not even halfway to Seattle. Ahead of us are four days of riding across Oregon, and they two days from Portland to Seattle. Keep watching this blog for news and photos!

New Sponsor!

We have a new sponsor--California Bicycle Accident Attorneys. See their banner and visit their web site from


We've all arrived in Ashland for a well-deserved rest day. Today's ride was 54 miles with more than 4,000 feet of climbing, including cresting out at more than 4500' on I-5 (the highest point on I-5). We had some wonderful views of Mt Shasta early today, but we were glad to head north to our rest day location here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Corning to Weaverville Photos

Photos from yesterday's ride to Weaverville, a 120-mile uphill grind:

Weaverville to Yreka

A long, tough day today--104 miles with more than 9,000 feet of climbing that left everyone wheezing. Here are photos:

We've done more than 400 miles so far, and aboue 20,000 feet of climbing. We're sleeping in late tomorrow and having breakfast in Yreka before the short (50-mile) ride to Ashland.


-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, July 06, 2009

Trinity High School

Thanks to the high school for hosting us!

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Another long day. First group just arrived after 10+ hours in the saddle. Others an hour out. Photos to come. Shower first.

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

And Now, Photos from July 5

Here you go:

Old West Cycling

Quick clip from today's ride. Now it's time for sleep!


7 pm--almost everyone is in. Tough day: 154 miles, 4500 feet of climbing, miles of unpaved roads. More later. Gotta shower.

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Warren's Day Ome Videos

More videos from Day One are online. Go to YouTube and look fur user "wcjbrownhornet"

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Wheels North Day One

July 4, 2009--After four-plus years of dreaming and two years of planning, Wheels North hit the road today. 13 riders left Santa Rosa on an unexpectedly chilly morning for the first, 60-mile leg to Winters. Riding are:
  • Peter Burnett
  • Michael "Mojo" Cosgrove
  • Walter Dawes
  • Willie Myers
  • Warren Jones
  • Ken McClain
  • Greg Ngo
  • Jim Pavlichek
  • Steve Smead
  • Randy Roten
  • Eric Norris
  • Kevin Ziegler
  • Shawn Ziegler
Our amazing rest stop crew:
  • Kim Hanlin
  • Laurie Norris
  • Natalie Pappas
  • Eric Myers
Aside from the cold, today's ride was uneventful ... mostly. A minor bike tangle in the Napa Valley ended with two wheels with shredded spokes (Mojo's and Steve's) but fortunately noone crashed and nobody (other than the bikes) was injured. We're looking around for a wheelbuilder to fix the spokes.

We are staying tonight at the community center in Winters. Tomorrow, we head 154 miles north to Corning via route that includes the Capay Valley and the backcountry of Glenn County.

Today's videos:

First Lunch!

We're in St Helena having the firs tlinch of Wheels North. Nice hard climb to start the day—now it's time to eat!

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 03, 2009

The Night Before ...

All of the Wheels North riders and crew gathered for a pre-ride dinner, and we looked forward with anticipation to the start of the ride. Photos here.

24 Hours!!!

9:30 am Friday... Wheels North starts in 24 hours!!

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Meet a Sponsor: Doma Coffee

A friend of Doma Coffee made this video about their roasting operation. We'll be enjoying their coffee in the morning as we ride to Seattle!