JettRide

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

June, 2014

Missoula Teen Leads Special Bike Ride

Posted on June 30, 2014

More media coverage out of Missoula!  This is a great article about the JettRiders time in Missoula and their visit with Cory Stalling and his family!  There is also a great video!

Check it out HERE

Missoula Mayor Declares Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Day!

Posted on June 30, 2014

This article was featured in the Missoulian.  Missoula Mayor John Engen declared June 25, 2014  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Day!

Click HERE to read the article!

Cory Stalling with Major Engen

JettRiders Featured in The Sun Chronicle

Posted on June 30, 2014

Plainville, MA teen, cousin to bike from Wyoming to New Jersey for Charity

Saturday – June 28, 2014

Posted on June 28, 2014

Today we left Drummond in the rain and made our way to Butte, MT. On the way, we saw a bunch of white tailed deer and breathtaking views of the Rockies. Toward the middle of the ride we got hit with an awful headwind, so that slowed our pace a little bit. Both Ezra and Julianna recieved a flat on the same road. The roads weren’t in the best condition and there was numerous particles of misc. objects on the shoulders.
We arrived in Butte around midday and went to the Y to take showers. Ezra wanted to go to one of the local bike shops but unfortunately it was closed for the day. We then headed back to the church to get ready for dinner. We devoured a delicious pot of chilli and cornbread. For dessert, we had brownies! Everything tasted so good! We are now chilling out and getting ready for bed. Also… we may have a guest rider tomorrow!

– The JettRiders

Friday – June 27, 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014

We set out from Missoula at 10:30 am with Mike Lessard of Adventure Cycling in tow for the first hour. Mike took Ezra out on a mountain bike ride yesterday, while the rest of the group watched movies and ate popcorn. They climbed up Sentinel (the M-Hill) and then descended at a tepid pace, resulting in ONLY two crashes.

While we usually get on the road while the sun is still low, Drummond is only a fifty mile ride from Missoula. Arlen, the tour coordinator, rightly advised us to leave as late as possible because besides from the rugged mountain scenery, there is nothing of interest in this town of 500. In an attempt to challenge his legs, Ezra did intervals on the rolling hills, imagining the many triathletes who would be unable to hold his exceptional pace for more than 30 seconds. To surmise, we had an easy day, filled with the beautiful yet monotonous landscape of Western Montana. Tomorrow we are riding to Butte, home to the Leipheimer bike shop which will hopefully have some relics from Levi’s long career on display.

– The JettRiders

Thursday – June 26, 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014

Today was a much needed rest day in Missoula, MT. We used it to run some errands and of course, relax! The weather was rainy off and on so it was perfect for our day off.
Later in the day, we had a great fundraiser at the Draught Works Brewery for the Jett Foundation! We listened to music and chatted with people. We were happy to have Cory present again. We all are happy to have met him! He’s such a cool kid!
Tomorrow we start biking again. It’s suppose to be a nice, easy 50 miles, so we’ll see how it goes! Missoula, thanks for having us! We appreciate all the support you have shown us during our stay here!
-The JettRiders

Wednesday – June 25, 2014

Posted on June 26, 2014

We made it to Missoula! We’re all pretty stoked about our first rest day tomorrow!
We rode the remainder of Lolo Pass today (the big mountain we were talking about) and it wasn’t as bad as we thought until we reached the last 12 miles. Everyone was inching their way up except for Ezra, he’s like the energizer bunny and never tires. Once we reached the top we were all relieved to be biking down hill for the majority of the day. We made it to Missoula in the early afternoon at Bonner park where we met Cory Stalling, a boy with Duchenne, and recieved a police escort! The news and press interviewed us too! We were escorted from the park to Adventure Cycling Association and had a cookout. Today just so happend to be Cory’s birthday so we also had chocolate cake and ice cream in celebration! The mayor of Missoula also presented a declaration that June 25th is now DMD day in Missoula! Super cool, right? Cory and his family are awesome and we had a great time hanging out with them.
Aside from all the excitement today, we are all extremely happy to have tomorrow off. Our legs and butts are pretty sore from the last ten days..

– The JettRiders

Monday – June 23, 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014

Today we biked 78 miles from Clarkston, WA to Kooskia, ID. The roads we encountered were rough and had little shoulders to bike on. As far as the weather goes, it has been extremely warm. You can literally feel the sun’s rays beating against your limbs… The views we saw made up for the sun though. It really has been absolutely stunning the whole ride.
We arrived in Kooskia around midday and cleaned up and took showers. For dinner, Dan prepared a delicious pot of pasta and rice! We ate and visited with the pastor of the church we’re staying in. We learned a lot about mini donkeys and about the tough mountain we are getting ready to climb tomorrow. Ezra is pretty excited about the climb. We are going to try to turn in early tonight so we can get an early start for the constant incline tomorrow.

-The JettRiders

Saturday – June 20, 2014

Posted on June 21, 2014

Today was a great day! We started the day with breakfast at Java Junkies and rode 58 miles on fairly flat roads!

On our way into Walla Walla, WA we stopped at their onion festival and enjoyed a refreshing cup of frozen yogurt and we also split an onion blossom. They tasted so good after hours in the sun.

We arrived at the church around 1 and are going to the YMCA to go swimming and take a shower.  The church is also providing dinner and breakfast for us! We are so thankful for your generosity and support!

– The JettRiders

JettRiders Featured in the Daily Astorian

Posted on June 21, 2014

JettRiders Featured in the Daily Astorian  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Posted on June 21, 2014

Today we biked from Rainier to Troutdale.  It was an easy 60 mile ride!  15 mile of those miles were on Portland’s well kept bike paths.  Ezra chased down and outrode several triathletes and gave his legs quite a challenge!

Tomorrow should be a nice flat 70 miles and we will end up in The Dalles, Oregon.  We pray that we have a safe ride!

-The JettRiders

 

Tuesday – June 17, 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014

Today we rode out of Astoria around 8ish and biked a whole 60 miles to Rainier, OR. Since finding out “The Goonies” was filmed in Astoria, we decided to to stop at the old goonies house on the way out of town. (It was pretty cool!)

The ride went smoothly besides a few inconsiderate drivers. A truck came about a foot from knocking Bruce off his bike! Megan also had her first flat of the trip, but it was fixed in no time!

We arrived at the church we’re staying at and are hanging out and preparing for tomorrows ride!
– The JettRiders

Monday, June 16, 2014

Posted on June 16, 2014

Today we rode a 45 mile warm up around Astoria in Oregon’s bipolar weather. We observed stunning views of the Pacific ocean and lots of hills.
Everyone filtered in yesterday and are having a great time getting to know each other!
Tonight, we are eating a potluck dinner graciously hosted by the First Lutheran church members! We are all thankful for the support and kindness you have given us.
Tomorrow is our first real day of biking and we are all getting excited to officially start the 2014 JettRide!
Love,
The JettRiders