JettRide

The JettRide is a cross country cycle tour for teens to raise funds and awareness to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

August, 2011

JettRiders Featured on Cleveland.com!

Posted on August 31, 2011

While the JettRiders were in Cleveland, OH over the summer they had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with the Wolf Family.  Here is a great article about it.  It really is a great read!

JettRiders Meet the Wolf Family

End of JettRide Pictures!!!

Posted on August 10, 2011

Check out these great pictures taken at the end of JettRide 2011 in Point Pleasant, NJ on August 5, 2011!!! Thank you to everyone who made this a such a great homecoming for our riders!!! They were amazed by all the support of so many people cheering them on!! Also thank you to all those families the JettRiders met along the way! Thank you everyone who supported the riders, provided them with a place to stay, kept them fed and hydrated, the ride could not have happened without you!!! We are forever grateful!!!

JettRide 2011 Finale in Point Pleasant

JettRide Ending Covered in Asbury Park Press!

Posted on August 07, 2011

Check out this great article and pictures from the finish line in Point Pleasant, NJ on Friday Aug. 5, 2011.

Bicyclists end fundraising ride in Point Pleasant Beach

Day 30 – Thank you!!!

Posted on August 05, 2011

Thu.  Aug. 4, 2011

Today we were shuttled about 15 miles towards Philadelphia , because we didn’t think we would make it in on time. Guess what, we still didn’t make it in on time. We arrived an hour and a half late. The Gambhir family greeted us at the Liberty Bell in Philly and provided a delicious lunch for us. We met their nine year old son Yuva, Yuva has Duchenne and he and his sister Jasmine made us some wonderful thank you cards and an END DMD key chain. Thanks guys, we love them!!!

During our lunch break we got to go and see the Liberty Bell, it was really cool getting to look at it up close and taking some photos. We did 20 miles after lunch and before getting to the church we went out for ice cream to celebrate the end of the trip. We are all really excited to get home and not have to ride everyday, but we will also miss all the fun experiences that we have had here and all the friends we have made. Now we get to relax, and think about our journey, think about all the families affected by Duchenne we have met, and what they and their sons, brothers, grandsons, nephews, and friends have taught us along the way. They have shown us what true love means, that it’s staying and fighting against this disease and it’s shadowy future even though all you want to do is run. It’s staying with someone who can’t run from their diagnosis, carrying them over obstacles and standing by them no matter what life entails. We thank you all for welcoming us into your lives and allowing us the chance to meet these amazing young men with so much love for life. We will never forget the kindness you showed us when we arrived at your front door, smelly, sweaty, and dirty, looking for a place to sleep. See everyone tomorrow on the Jersey Shore, you won’t miss us, you can smell us from five miles away.
Jordan McSherry

Day 29 – JettRiders

Posted on August 04, 2011

Wed.  Aug. 3. 2011

 

Today was long, cold and rainy. We had a good start, but within the first 25 miles the trailer broke down. So we were basically on our own for the rest of the ride. We went to a gas station for breaks but by lunch we still didn’t have the trailer and sometime in the afternoon it began to rain. We witnessed many car accidents and one Liam bicycle incident and thankfully there were no other accidents in this weather.

We were so late getting into the Doyle’s house that we had to get shuttled the rest of the way, between 8-10 miles. The Doyles, who have an 11-year old Grandson named Jacob who has Duchenne, welcomed us into their home for the night. They made an awesome dinner consisting of 3 kinds of lasagna, salad, and an enormous table of desserts. Unfortunately for us, the trailer wasn’t returned to us until nearly 11pm and we’re getting to sleep a little late. But we are comfortable, finally warm, and very well fed, exhausted now, can’t write anymore…Philly tomorrow it’s going to be a lot of fun!  HUGE Thank you to the Donna Doyle and her family and everyone else for all your love and support, it is greatly appreciated. See you in Jersey!!!

The JettRiders

JettRiders in the Asbury Park Press

Posted on August 03, 2011

As the finish line quickly approaches we are seeing more about our JettRiders in the news!!

JettRiders End in Point Pleasant, NJ

Day 28 – Requests from the JettRiders!

Posted on August 02, 2011

Tue.   Aug. 2, 2011

Today was a really good day for everyone. The ones that weren’t Sherpa’s (helping in the car) today did 63 miles before 4:00pm. I don’t think this has ever happened before on this trip. We got started around 8am and got at least 30 miles in before stopping for a break. After lunch we had less than 10 miles to the church. We had an amazing day and are so happy to be able to relax and chill out. We are ending the day with breakfast for dinner, pancakes and scrambled eggs!!! The next few days are going to go by so fast and while we are excited for real showers and our own beds, we will miss each other.

Meranda says “Mom please clean my room and make my bed before I get home…love you ;)”, Abigail says “Grandma, make sure Deon isn’t at the house when I get home =D”, Colby says “Mom, please bring my new guinea pig to New Jersey”, and Jack Van Houton says “Mom, Dad…I want a GoPro.” See you all in Jersey…

 

Love,

The Jettriders

Day 27 – Day off in Gettysburg

Posted on August 02, 2011

Mon. Aug. 1, 2011

On August 1st we got to sleep until nine, it was awesome because we all really needed the rest. We had the day off in Gettysburg, PA and half of the group decided to tour the battlefield and the other half opted to stay at the hotel and watch Shark Week (I swear to God it’s better than Christmas Vacation week).

We had a very relaxing day watching people get chewed up by sharks. When everyone got back we all cleaned the trailer, aired out the tents, washed the water jugs, food containers, and tables, and cleaned out the car to get it ready for the end of the ride. Then we went out to dinner at a Chinese Buffet, the food was really good we all enjoyed it. After dinner we returned to our rooms to pack our bags for the next morning and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Gettysburg was incredible, it was a humbling experience and it shocked and saddened us to learn that 10,000 people died and 50,000 were injured on that battlefield in 3 days (July 1, 2, and 3). It is an experience I don’t think any of us will ever forget and many of us hope to return to this historic place in the future. Thanks for your all support and well wishes; we can’t wait to see you all in Jersey!!!

 

Love,

The Jettriders

JettRide Finish Line Featured in Star News Group!

Posted on August 01, 2011

The Star News Group has written up a great article all about the JettRide finale in Point Pleasant, NJ on August 5th!!  Will you be there to cheer on our JettRiders?

JettRiders Homecoming in Point Pleasant

 

JettRider Featured in the Livingston Daily

Posted on August 01, 2011

JettRider Jack Van Houten was recently featured in the Livingston Daily! Check out the great article here:

The Livingston Daily

 

 

Day 25 – Abigail

Posted on August 01, 2011

July 30, 2011

Today we had a great time on a really bumpy bike trail, but it was still nice to ride on because of the beautiful scenery all around us. We started of at the pavilion across from the YMCA, and headed on to the trail from there early this morning. The trail was amazing and had lot’s of wildlife. We stopped and had our first break on the trail beside the canal after 18 miles before we headed back out to the trail.

After the first break we went through The Paw-paw Tunnel. It was so dark and about a mile long. We had to use our flashlights and headlamps to see. When we were out of the tunnel we went to sit above it on a ledge 20 feet up, it was really cool looking down at everyone while we were up there. When we were done for the day we went out to eat and had amazing food and some terrific tasting pies. We ended the day with another day of camping, and hanging out with friends.

 

Abigail Paschall