JettRide

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

July, 2013

Tuesday – July 30, 2013

Posted on July 31, 2013

Today we had a cool and easy 62 mile ride from Gettysburg to Lancaster. We rode through some pretty cool towns with tons of old buildings and murals. We rode over the Susquehanna river on a super cool bridge with a great view.

We stayed at the Glick household and had a great time. The Glicks are Amish so we spent a lot of time outside. We caught a bunch of crayfish in a nearby stream and cooked up the larger ones and ate them for dessert. We went for a ride in the pony carriage and played with the kids. We had great food and great laughs. We are super pumped to head to Delaware tomorrow and finish up in Point Pleasant on Friday!  See you there!!

– The JettRiders

Monday – July 29, 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013

Today was the furthest day of the whole JettRide. We rode 72 miles, 25 on the trail and the rest on hilly roads. There was one massive hill that took us through the blue ridge mountains and it took around 15 minutes to climb. Luckily for us there was an awesome downhill right after. Once in Gettysburg, we checked in to our rooms and watched some TV. For dinner we went to a great Chinese buffet. After dinner Megan had to leave and head back to Utah to go to work. We said our goodbyes and then Pauly took her to the train station. Today was a tough day but also a ton of fun.

– The JettRiders

Sunday – July 28, 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013

Today was a long exhausting 62 mile day. As we left Cumberland it started to rain and we got covered head too toe by mud from the trail. Fortunately for us, after our first break the sun came out. At lunch we found the bridge that we had jumped off of last year and decided to jump again.

The bridge was about 30 feet high and extremely intimidating. The boys, being so brave, jumped right in without hesitation. Julia was so scared that we had to push her off the bridge. Julia screamed extremely loud but after the first jump she realize how much fun she had. Julia screamed extremely loud and scared away all the local wildlife.

After lunch we found a giant black snake on the trail. Colby tried to grab it by the tail but it was a smart snake and almost bit him. When we finally made it to realize that we would be sleeping in a chicken coop for the night. To cheer us up from a long exhausting day we went to Weaver’s, a local restaurant known for its delicious pies. Now we are all stuffed up on pie and ready to hit the road for Gettysburg tomorrow.

 

-The JettRiders

Saturday – July 27, 2013

Posted on July 28, 2013

Today was our rest day in Cumberland, Maryland. We got to sleep in a little and were served breakfast by Bryan Wodaski, a local radio talk show host. After Breakfast, Bryan took us over to his office and interviewed Sara, Jack and Colby on his talk show. After the show, Bryan took us by his favorite coffee shop.

Just before lunch, we took the steam train up the mountain to Frostburg. Our original plan was to race the train back down the mountain on our bikes, but we spent too much time in downtown Frostburg. So once again we rode our bikes 17 miles down the GAP to Cumberland. We finished off the day with Asian food and a movie from redbox. We are all super excited to get to New Jersey on Friday!

Friday – July 26, 2013

Posted on July 28, 2013

Today we had another great ride down the Great Allegheny Passage. We rode 17 miles, all downhill, from Frostburg to Cumberland, Maryland. This morning we were joined by Matthan. Together we had a great time flying down the mountain. We spent the afternoon exploring town and taking much needed naps. We worked as a team to make an awesome breakfast dinner. After stuffing ourselves with pancakes and bacon, we went to the local music festival and enjoyed the show.

-The JettRiders

Wednesday – July 24, 2013

Posted on July 24, 2013

This morning we left Connelsville and headed  toward Rockwood! It was a short 20 miles to Ohiopyle where we went white water rafting. The trip was amazing and fun! We were separated into two boats and had a 7.5 mile trip. We only had one casualty and it was Megan. Don’t worry she is okay! Our guides were amazing and very experienced. After the trip we stopped at the rafting places restaurant and had an appetizing lunch.

Tonight we are staying at a hostel, and have met many other riders here. Thankfully Jack will be returning tomorrow to join the Jettride again! Also we are visiting a boy named Jackson tomorrow for a day to hang out!
– The JettRiders

Tuesday – July 23, 2013

Posted on July 23, 2013

Today we left from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and had a 60 mile day. It was all bike path that ran along the river. The view was very scenic and the path was a little wet.

Julia was attacked by a large wolf looking dog! Thankfully there was a fence. Once we came close to our destination we met a tri-fold of bikers that were cycling to Oregon! The pastor led us to the Christian Church. We received showers and left for the movies. After the movies we went to Pizza Hut and had a feast. Then we returned to the church and had an intense game of basketball. After Team Megan/ Colby demolished the competition, everyone prepared for bed.

– The JettRiders

Monday – July 22, 2013

Posted on July 22, 2013

Today we left Geneva college with a day rider, Sarah! She was connected to the JettRide through Jack Wolf, who we met in the previous years. Our route brought us to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! The ride was hilly and very scenic. Thankfully no flats or crashes.

As we drew closer to the town the roads became more busy and the shoulders smaller. The view of Pittsburgh was amazing, and the weather was very cool. We arrived at the church at around 12. Then we said our goodbyes to Sarah and toured the city!

Around 6 we went to the baseball stadium and met up with another boy named Jack with Duchenne, and got a tour. It was amazing to see the history and culture of baseball in Pittsburgh. We got to see the field, multiple club houses, and the press room!

Once we returned to the church we were welcomed with a well prepared dinner and company. Thank you much for the hospitality and support!

– The JettRiders

Friday – July 19, 2013

Posted on July 21, 2013

The local newspaper in Canal Fulton featured us on the front page! The day was a short 28 miles. We arrived at the Featheringham’s around 10:46! We were greeted with signs and hugs. We definitely appreciate the effort and work on their side! We took a detour and ended up on a brick road. The road was bone-jarring, while the scenery was breath taking!

At the Featheringham’s, we went swimming with Caden and had some delicious home-made ice cream. Also Caden took a ride on the duet bike. Caden was sporting a mow hawk for Jack who was sadly not here. After showers and a nap we went to the movies in Alliance. We all enjoyed Grown Ups 2!

– The JettRiders

 

Canal Fulton Welcomes the JettRiders – Gives those with Duchenne – A Ride of a Lifetime!

Posted on July 20, 2013

The city manager of Canal Fulton joined the JettRiders once again this year for the day.  This time he brought along his neighbor Ben who has Duchenne.  This is a nice article from the local newspaper in Canal Fulton , Ohio, read how our JettRiders are giving those with Duchenne – A Ride of a Lifetime!  Go JettRiders!

Thursday – July 18, 2013

Posted on July 19, 2013

This morning we left from the Dumm’s around 8:00 after a delicious breakfast spread. Colby missed the only turn and traveled multiple miles down a hilly road. Soon Colby was called and reached the group.

The scenery was breathtaking and the trails were amazing. The first part was a very scenic steep downhill. Surprisingly we met up with the City Manager of Canal Fulton, Mark Cozy, that we rode with in the previous years. He brought us to Oser’s Ice Cream Shop that had over 100 flavors! We met a boy with Duchenne named Ben. He was ecstatic when we presented him with his Kindle Fire! After our ice cream we met up with the press and then took off. Ben rode in the duet and his brother Isaiah tagged along. Ben and the JettRiders departed at the bike shop where we were greeted by the owner. Before we left, Megan got a flat. We are spending the night at a Recreation Center, and for dinner, Bob Evans! The total mileage was 62 miles.

– The JettRiders

JettRide featured in Hartland Patch

Posted on July 18, 2013

Hartland Teen Biking 1,00 Miles to Raise Money and Awareness for Brother

Wednesday – July 17, 2013

Posted on July 18, 2013

Today we took off from Vermillion, OH heading for North Royalton, OH with an experienced cyclist named Bud. Sadly, we were one man short. Jack Van Houten left last night for his cross country trip. Rumor has it that his team is running about 300 miles! He will return soon…

Within an hour the temperature rose about ten degrees. As the day dragged on the temperature rose drastically. We only experienced a few large hills near the end. At one of the breaks Colby tried popping a wheel in the lot and ended up on his rear. He walked away with a devastating arm injury. No need to worry, he is okay. Megan had two flat tires within an hour. The cause was unknown….bum bum bahhh
Around 2:00, we arrived in North Royalton, OH at the Dumm’s. We were greeted with a pool, slip-n-slide, and food!  We spent the night swimming, and playing with the Dumm’s kids and friends. The temperature drastically dropped in the afternoon and made up for the crucial temperature during the day.
– The JettRiders

 

A Special Guest Blog!

Posted on July 17, 2013

The following was written by Tammy Henegar.  It describes how much fun her son Braedan had, when the JettRiders came to their hometown of Curtice, OH on July 13, 2013 and spent some time biking, playing mini golf, catching snakes and eating ice cream sundaes!!!

We had a great visit once again with the JettRiders this year. We had an amazing reception when they arrived with lots of food and fun. The kids of course took advantage of the pond to cool off in right away. Jeremiah Przybylski (Braedan’s gym teacher) led the way again with the kids and Scott and I through Toledo to our house.

We picked Braedan up in the Duet bike a few miles out from our house and Scott and I took turns riding him to our place. He loved that and seeing the crowd cheer them on was priceless.  

They got to meet some of my Duchenne friends, Tom Kevin Sulfaro (41 yrs old with Duchenne), Bob Sulfaro (his brother and long time care giver) and his nurse and friend Connie Lange.  They also met the McNutt Family (Jackson, has Duchenne and Autism and I believe he is 5).  They swam, played on the beach in the sand with Braedan making sand castles, streams and ponds for his critters, snake hunted, and even went for a 5 ft. bananna split sundae at DG’s.  

On Sunday, we joined them in Sandusky, OH to meet up with The Porter Family, which was the first time we had actually met in person, so that was nice. We spoke to them a lot, sharing some knowledge of things that we have learned on care for Duchenne and the boys played a bit. Austin took a ride in the Duet as well, and it was great to see his happy smiling face.  After dinner and Pauly was done making his final arrangements for the next day, we headed off to Goofy Golf to have a blast once again Go Karting and Putt Putting, oh and must not forget the Bumper Boats!

At the end of the night, we went back to the church and Braedan asked if he could play with the boys a little longer, I said a very little bit because they need to get to sleep and we need to get going home. They ran in to the church and went down to their Man Cave. After a bit, I sent Scott down to get him and when they came back up, I could see that Braedan had been crying and they all looked a bit sad. He ran to me and said “I want this to last forever.” It was definitely hard to choke back the tears wellowing in all of our eyes at that time.  After a few minutes Colby came up, and gave Braedan an enormous hug, and asked him to hold on to his Boston Red Sox hat and to bring it to New Jersey with him when they see each other again. Ahh.. I thought that was so great of him.  

Tuesday – July 16, 2013

Posted on July 17, 2013

Today was a nice relaxing day off in Vermilion, Ohio. We got to sleep in, do laundry and play around at the beach. The church found us some kayaks to explore the canals of Vermillion with.

Later in the night David Rathbun had us over his house where his daughter and grandson took us tubing on the lake. The night ended with Jack having to leave for a few days but he will be back and hopefully with some dayriders!

-The JettRiders

Monday – July 15, 2013

Posted on July 16, 2013

Today was a nice easy 17 mile ride from Sandusky to Vermillion. All went smoothly until around halfway when Jill, Kaitlyn and Julianna got pulled over by a police officer because they were riding on a no bicycle road.
When we got to the beautiful beach house destination we all took naps before hitting the town.

In town we walked around and explored the many stores such as the candy shop and thrift shop. We spent the rest of the night at the beach with the church members. We are excited for the day off tomorrow

– The JettRiders

 

Sunday – July 14, 2013

Posted on July 14, 2013

Today was another great day on JettRide 2013! We rode 54 miles to Sandusky, Ohio with our 2 guest riders, Scott Henegar and Lexi Harvey. Today Jack and Colby rolled their shorts up extra high in order to produce tan lines that could one up Ty Miller’s from previous years. Unfortunately for Colby, he got some nasty sunburn. When we got to the church in Sandusky, we meet up again with Braedan and another boy named Austin Porter. They had lots of fun hanging out in the church together and catching bugs. Pauly gave Austin a Kindle Fire and boy was he thrilled! Later in the night we went to Goofy Golf and drove go-carts. Jack and Colby flew by their competitors and spun out some of the girls but in the end they got spun out by Braedan and his dad. Braedan was the winner tonight but the boys vowed that they would return and beat Braedan next year.

– The JettRiders

 

 



Saturday – July 13, 2013

Posted on July 14, 2013

Today we rode 49 miles from Milan, Michigan to Curtice, Ohio. We had 3 guest riders today: Scott and Tammy Henegar and Jeremiah. We rode a tough 30 miles of dirt roads to get to Mr. Henegar’s Uncle’s house for lunch. After lunch we rode though Toledo but had to go on a small detour because there was a carnival in town. Luckily a nice man on stilts helped point us in the right direction. Just before arriving in Curtice, we picked up Braedan, a 7 year old with DMD, and he rode in the duet with his mom, then his dad. When we finally arrived at the Henegar household we were greated by a crowd of people and a delicious barbeque. We met Tom Sulfaro, a 41 year old with DMD, and talked about some 53 year olds with DMD that he met online and our similar hopes for the future of DMD research and a cure!  We also met a young boy with DMD named Jackson McNutt.  We spent the rest of the day swimming in the giant pond in Braedan’s backyard. For dessert we went to a local ice cream shop and ordered a 5-foot-long banana split! It was so big we couldn’t finish it. After dessert Braedan took us into a field where we caught some snakes. A fun, exciting way to end day 2 of the 2013 JettRide!

-The JettRiders

 

Friday- July 12, 2013

Posted on July 13, 2013

Today we woke up bright and early to a very clear, cool day. We were sent off by the Van Houtens and the Bretsiks. Kyle rode in the duet with his older brother, Jack. Once we reached the local bowling alley, Kyle left and we continued riding.

Within minutes Colby got a flat tire from some poorly placed glass shards. Once Pauly came to the rescue, he fixed it in a jiffy. Then they were off! After the first break, Jill took a devastating fall but remained unharmed! Soon after, Pauly also got a flat tire. The rest of the day went smoothly and we arrived at the People’s Presbyterian Church around 2:45. Pastor Kelly and a large group of gracious volunteers greeted us and gave us showers and food.  After a meet and greet, we presented our stories and reasons for riding with the Jettride. It was a great day!

– The JettRiders

 

Thursday – July 11, 2013

Posted on July 12, 2013

Howell, MI-
The 2013 JettRide got off to a great start today. Colby and Kaitlyn arrived at the Van Houten residence last night. This morning we had to do a lot of work to prepare the trailer and our bikes for the trip ahead of us. Julianna and Megan arrived around midday. We spent the rest of the day swimming and hanging with Kyle and Evan. Everyone got to know each other and are having a blast! Tomorrow is our first riding day and we are so excited!