Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
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
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, email campyonlyguy [at] me dot com.
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
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
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9lyDgdnrfA
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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!
Photos from yesterday's penultimate ride: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35176895@N03/sets/72157621585077712/
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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.
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
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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!
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.
Photos from today's ride: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35176895@N03/sets/72157621147988022/
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Photos from yesterday's ride to Weaverville, a 120-mile uphill grind:
A long, tough day today--104 miles with more than 9,000 feet of climbing that left everyone wheezing. Here are photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35176895@N03/sets/72157620987721799/
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.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
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.