JettRide

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

August, 2012

JettRide 2012 Finale

Posted on August 22, 2012

Please check out this great article accompanied by an even greater video of JettRide 2012 ending in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Cyclists end Benefit Ride

End of the JettRide

Posted on August 06, 2012

A message from the Jett Foundation Staff:
This year the Jettride 2012 team visited over 38 families affected by
Duchenne, and crossed 8 states in 35 days in an effort to spread
awareness, raise funds and unite families. We would like to thank all
those of you who supported, hosted, donated,  fed  and cheered them
on…even if from your own home.  Just by telling one person about
Duchenne…. you have helped us achieve our  purpose.  Each year we
have some new riders come and some old riders leave… if you know
someone who is interested in becoming a Jettrider, please contact the
office 781 585 5566.  Special thanks to all those who helped to make
the finish line parade possible: Carol @ Point Pleasant Beach Chamber
of Commerce, Aunt Judy Brierly, Point Pleasant Beach Police and Point
Pleasant Beach Fire Dept.
Over the course of the next 2 weeks, we will be uploading all of the
pics and video so please check back for more ….
Dont forget to visit our facebook page as well…
www.Facebook.com/TheJettride

August 3rd – Point Pleasant, NJ

Posted on August 06, 2012

Finish line day!! It’s so crazy that it’s here. We woke up at
4:30 and we were on the road by 6:30. Since the roads were flat and we
were so excited we were going about 15 mph. We were actually early and
we stopped a few times. Megan and Jack did a great job leading the way
at the end since they know the area ( their grandfather lives right
near there).  Before the parade began we stopped to decorate our bikes
and helmets along with taking pictures. A lot of our parents and
family were up there and it was great to be reunited with them. The
rest were down at the beach and it was very exciting for all of us to
see family.  The parade was awesome! We had police escorts, fire
trucks, and most importantly boys with Duchenne leading the way. It
was an amazing way to end an amazing journey. When we got to the beach
we ran into the ocean. The waves were huge! We had some fun in the
water and then we headed over to lunch. It was good to be together as
a big group of riders, family, friends, and members of the Duchenne
community. We took lots of pictures.  At lunch medals were handed out
by Pauly and he gave a nice little speech about each rider. Pauly, you
were an outstanding tour  leader. You worked hard and you always had
our best interest in mind. You really understood us. Thanks for all
you did for us! Joe, Gillian, Ty, Megan, and Sarah we appreciate all
the hard work you guys put into leading us. We thank you so much. We
love all the leaders!  We are so lucky to have had all of you guiding
us on this journey and to have met such great people. We’d also like
to take this time to thank everyone we met along the way. It was
amazing how many people opened up their communities and homes to us.
Your generosity is outstanding and the trip couldn’t have happened
without people like you. A huge thanks also goes out to Michelle Burt.
Thanks for being the mastermind behind this whole trip. You are an
excellent planner and very well organized.  Later that night Jack and
Megan’s grandfather had us all over. It was lots of fun to hang out as
a group one last time. We did a lot of group hugs. All the riders
really did become family. We all got along so well ( we didn’t have
any drama on the trip)! It was so hard to say goodbye. We shared so
many days together and we made it through the hard days along with the
good together. We have created so many memories together that only
we’ll understand. The worst part about saying bye was that we don’t
know when our paths will cross again. Perhaps Jettride 2013?!
Love, The Jettriders
check out pictures from the finish line at the link
below:http://www.Facebook.com/TheJettRide

August 2nd – Evesboro, NJ

Posted on August 06, 2012

Today was a sad day. It was Gillian’s last day! We all wish she
could have stayed for the finish line but she was off to do another
bike tour. Now this whole trip Gillian has been the one that wakes us
all up in the morning. That is not an easy task! Especially the
teenage boys, they don’t like to be woken up early in the morning. So
for Gillian’s last day the group decided it was her turn to be woken
up by us. She slept in the car for fear of what we would do but she
forgot to lock it! At 6:30 we opened the doors to the car and began
shaking the car and chanting all sorts of things such as ” wake up
wake up!”, ” chop chop lemon drop chop chop”, and singing call me
maybe ( Gillian’s favorite song). She thought her wake up ended there
but she was wrong. She was then thrown into the pool. What a good
sport Gillian is!! Gillian didn’t complain and said it was refreshing.
After that the group went back to sleep for an hour. We got a good
night sleep with the air conditioning. We were all excited for
breakfast because we could actually toast our bagels and she bought
some sugary cereal ( which we haven’t had). The box of fruit loops was
gone in the blink of an eye! It was very hot and humid out but
thankfully we weren’t biking far. We only biked about 2 blocks away to
a local park where we got to kayak. It was so much fun! One of the
funniest parts was when Alec and Ty were flipped out of their double
kayak and they were trying to drain the water out of it. Workers had
to come and help them get back in. Gillian had to leave for the
airport while we were kayaking. Unfortunately not all of us could hear
her when we were on the water. So, not all of us got to say bye to her
which was upsetting. She called later and talked to all of us which
made us feel better. After kayaking we were tired. It’s hard work for
your arms and our arms definitely aren’t as strong as our legs( from
all the biking). We had a great picnic lunch at the park and Jake and
Victor were able to spend the day with us. After that we biked back to
the Doyle’s house. From there we were shuttled to the church we were
staying at. The gps took us every which way which resulted in the
drive taking a lot longer than it should have. This led to Justin
almost peeing his pants. He begged Ty to stop but Ty didn’t want to
make Pauly mad. After about an hour of Justin begging, a wrong turn,
and all of us chiming in that we had to pee too we finally stopped.
Justin was thrilled. For our final night together we went to a local
Italian restaurant named Francos. They were so nice there. They put a
picture of us on their Facebook page, gave us a free pizza, and free
cannolis. Thank you so much! They said they’d love to do more for us
next year. How sweet! It was nice to go out to dinner and enjoy our
last night together. Pauly gave us the option to shuttle tomorrow
because we would have to do 50 miles before 11 but we all want to
bike. It’s definitely bittersweet to realize that the trip is coming
to a close. It kind of feels like Christmas eve. You want Christmas to
come but in a way you don’t want the joy of the holiday to be over. It
definitely will be hard for us to sleep. Ty even redid Justin’s hair
so he would be finish line ready.

Love, The Jettriders

August 1st – Doylestown, PA

Posted on August 06, 2012

August already?! Where has the time gone? Today we headed to
Doylestown. We were all pretty tired from the long day we had
yesterday. The day had a lot of hills. Courtney fell over her
handlebars this morning. Thankfully she wasn’t hurt and she was ready
to keep going. TJ biked with us and he did really well. It wasn’t an
easy day and he should be proud of his accomplishment. After break and
before lunch we were joined by some more day riders. Drew’s
grandfather and uncle got the chance to bike with us. We were glad to
have them and you could tell Drew was happy to see family. His uncle
and grandfather were so fast! We should have guessed that since they
are related to Drew. In the blink of an eye they were gone. We had a
great lunch in the park. We biked to valley forge and we stopped at
the visitor’s center. We got a chance to watch a video about valley
forge and to explore the gift shop. From there we were shuttled the
rest of the day to the Doyle’s house. Last year they got to her house
so late and didn’t get much of a chance to hang out with her. This
year that wasn’t going to be the case. It’s also good that we got
shuttled the roads would have been really hard to bike on because they
were narrow and windy. When we got to the Doyle’s residence we had a
great meal. There was lots and lots of food. We also met Jake and
Victor at her house. Jake is Donna’s grandson. He was very quiet and
shy. We don’t blame him. We are a lot of people to have asking you
questions. Victor and his family came to see us. Victor was an
extremely intelligent boy and friendly. We had fun hanging out at the
house and swimming in the pool.

Love, The Jettriders

July 31st – Lancaster, PA

Posted on August 06, 2012

Hello! Today was a pretty eventful and successful day. It started
off with Megan having to go to the doctors. Turns out she has a uti.
She got medicine and she is a tough cookie who looks forward to riding
tomorrow. Unfortunately, it was back to packing the trailer this
morning. That is one of the toughest jobs on the trip! Once that was
done we headed out for what would be a very long day. In the morning
we made great timing. We were able to accomplish 40 miles by
lunchtime. That was great! We even stopped at one point so that Drew
and Mac could fix Kristyn’s tire. Drew had to true the tire because it
had a huge bump in it. Thanks guys! At lunch a few of us went to the
fire station to use their bathroom. It was neat because the
firefighter recognized us from the paper. After lunch we thought we
had between 25 and 27 miles left. Turns out the day was a lot longer
than the riders had originally expected. The afternoon also wasn’t as
good as the morning because it got a lot hotter and we encountered
tons of hills. When we reached the church we were staying at we had
biked 80 miles! That was our longest day of the trip. Mac, Gillian,
and Kristyn finished their day by biking through a drive thru for a
frosty. Yum! After we got settled at the church we headed over to an
Amish household. Mr. McSherry sells the swing sets that this man makes
at his store. To be honest, at first we were a little hesitant about
going. We didn’t know what to expect. By the end of the night we were
raving away about the experience. It was so cool. The family was so
welcoming to us. The children were adorable and showed us around. Some
of the riders favorite parts were petting the animals, playing on the
children’s scooters and mini bikes ( the toys weren’t like ours), and
horse and buggy rides! Thanks for having us and being so hospitable.
That night Jack Van Houten’s cousin TJ met us at the church. He will
be riding with us for the next few days.
Love, The Jettriders

JettRiders in Connellsville

Posted on August 06, 2012

JettRiders in Connellsville

Image from the Daily Courier

 

JettRiders Featured in Livingston Daily!

Posted on August 01, 2012

July 19, 2012

Here is a great article on JettRider, Jack Van Houten and his brother Kyle.  The JettRiders recently made a stop at the Van Houten’s home where they got to spend some time with Kyle and the Van Houten family!

Bicyclist Going the Extra Mile to Find a Cure