JettRide

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

August, 2014

Thank you!!!!

Posted on August 20, 2014

A heart felt thank you to all those who hosted, donated,  supported and cheered us on during the JettRide.  We are grateful for your continued efforts.  Special recognition goes to our JettRide partners; Cure Dales Duchenne, Ryan’s Hope and JOA Inc. for their generosity each and every year!!!

JettRide 2014 Finale! August 15, 2014

Posted on August 18, 2014

Today the Jettriders said goodbye to each other on the last day of the Jettride. We enjoyed an easy 50 mile ride from Marlton to Point Pleasant. Thank you to Pauly and Lingsey for driving the van and allowing all the leaders to ride. After waiting at Dunkin Donuts we got a police escort to a parking lot where we decorated our bikes with streamers and balloons. Bruce, who was able to go the whole trip without any bike malfunctions, had to ride the last mile with a flat tire.

To bring us to point Pleasant Beach we had a parade consisting of a fire truck and many police escorts on bikes. Kaitlyn’s brother Ryan joined us during the parade in the duet bike which was being pushed by their friend Johnny. Kyle Van Houten and his brother, Jack, and mom also joined us for the parade. At the beach the riders reunited with their families after a long 62 days away from home.

We swam in the ocean and later that afternoon we had one last lunch together. We had a cookout on the beach consisting of hotdogs, hamburgers, salad, corn, and cake for dessert. We were happy to be joined by the Van Houtens, Michelle Burt and her daughter Courtney, and Tanner, a boy with DMD, and his family. At the end of the night the riders had to say their goodbyes to each other. We were proud of what we accomplished but also sad the trip was ending.

Thank you to the leaders, Megan, Dan, and Bruce, for doing a great job figuring out which way to go and keeping the kids safe as we crossed the United States. Thank you Kaitlyn, Delaney, Julianna, and Ezra for taking this amazing journey to fight Duchenne and for making a difference in the lives of all the families we visited. Thank you to the families of the riders who supported then in their decision to ride across the country. Many thank you’s for Pauly and Lingsey who met the riders at many places on our route. Thank you to all the families, churches, and schools who hosted the Jettriders. thank you to Michelle Burt who was such a big part of planning the trip. Without her, we would probably still be lost in South Dakota somewhere.  Finally, we would like to thank everyone at the Jett Foundation and Adventure Cycling for making this trip possible. The 2014 JettRide was an amazing success we hope to see you all next year for JettRide 2015 to continue to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

 

Thursday – August 14, 2014 Thank you!!!!

Posted on August 15, 2014

We arrived in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon and since only having to bike 20 miles today, we slept in and then walked around the city. We saw the liberty bell (through a window since no one felt like waiting in line) and Dan and Bruce walked to the art museum since the location was used in a movie they liked.
As the jettride winds down, we can’t help but reflect on how amazing the past couple of months have been. We have had the opportunity to meet over a dozen incredible boys and young men dealing with Duchenne and their families. Although every one is different, the love for life is evident in every boy we have met and we are blessed to have been able to meet and hang out with them. As for seeing the U.S. on bicycle… well, the only word that comes to mind is absolutely beautiful. We will never forget the many memories made on this years jettride. We would also like to say a special thank you to each and every one who helped make the jettride possible. It is because of you that we are able to spread awareness of Duchenne year after year. With that said, we are ecstatic to ride into Point Pleasant tomorrow! We hope to see you there!!

Monday – August 11, 2014

Posted on August 11, 2014

The team left St. James, MD today and rode a hilly 45 miles to Gettysburg, PA. The morning started off great with a delicious breakfast cooked by the church members. The riding was up and down all day. At one point, we had to climb a 5 mile mountain, but the downhill was really nice.

The weather was very warm and by the time we arrived in Gettysburg everyone was hot and sticky. We decided to grab a bite to eat at Friendlys since we worked up an appetite. After eating, Bruce really wanted to check out the college football field since he heard it was used in a scene in “Remember the Titans”.    Kaitlyn, Julianna, Delaney, and Bruce headed about a mile up the road to check it out. Unfortunately, a lady clarified that they really did not use the stadium area in the movie. We decided to continue anyway and took a few pics just in case. 😉

Minutes after heading to our hotel Kaitlyn received a flat. We were anxious to finally arrive so we made her ride the rest of the couple miles with a flat tire. It was pretty funny, actually.  We are having Chinese for dinner! The rest of the day is being spent relaxing. Though we are going to miss each other and all the amazing families and places we’ve visited, we are all really excited to reach Jersey on Friday!

-The JettRiders

Thursday – August 7, 2014

Posted on August 09, 2014

Yesterday was a blast! The Jettriders slept in until 7:30 and rode a short 17 miles to Ohiopyle, PA where we went white water rafting! The rough class 3 waters on the Lower Yough River caused 3 members to fall out and the raft almost sunk, but we all made it out.

Afterwards, we drove in the van to the Kelly’s house. Julie, Kaitlyn and Delaney had a great time with Jackson and Nate swimming in their indoor swimming pool and hot tub! We had an awesome homemade dinner and watched Duck Dynasty with Jackson until we fell asleep. Thanks to the Kelly family for an awesome night!!

Below is an article along withe some pictures about the JettRiders time with the Kelly Family!!

 JettRiders featured in The New Republic

 

JettRiders in the News!

Posted on August 06, 2014

Here are a few news articles that recently pooped up about JettRiders!!!

Wicked Local Wrentham

Medina Gazette

Livingston Daily

Sun Current Bloomington

Tuesday – August 5, 2014

Posted on August 06, 2014

Today we left Beaver Falls and made excellent time during our 35 mile ride into Pittsburgh, PA! We arrived around noon and were served lunch by the First Pres. Church of Pittsburgh.    After, we took showers and walked around the city for a while.
Later on, we went to the Pirates game and had a great time! We met Billy and his mother Terri at the game and had a lot of fun watching the game with them. We took lots of photos and even got one with the Pirates parrot!  The night was fun filled and we all had a blast!
Ezra and Julianne leave us tomorrow.  Tomorrow, we head to Connellsville, PA! We are  getting close to the end of our 2 month adventure and are very excited to reach Point Pleasant next week!

JettRiders with Pastor Tom Hall and Student Pastor Laura Bentley on August 5th in Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday – August 2, 2014

Posted on August 06, 2014

Today the Jettriders traveled a short 27 miles to Minerva, Ohio. We got a late start in the morning and after a breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts we started riding. 10 miles in we stopped at the Football Hall of Fame. Many thank you’s to the police officers of Canton who kept our bikes safe while we enjoyed the Hall.

Inside the Hall of Fame we learned all about the history of football and it’s most impressive players. Unfortunately it started to rain and thunder just as we were leaving the Hall, so we called Julianne to come pick us up and drive us the last 20 miles or so. In Minerva the Jettriders are staying with Amanda Rudd and family who’s son, Cade, is fighting DMD. We had a great dinner together at Minerva 57 where Amanda and Aaron work.   Later at night we made our way to Cade’s Grandparents house to enjoy s’mores and fireworks. Thanks to the whole family for the hospitality!

Friday – August 1, 2014

Posted on August 01, 2014

This morning started with an amazing breakfast prepared by Paul of the Methodist Church in Wellington, OH.  A special thanks to Paul for opening up his home to us and generously hosting us.

We biked a total of 61 miles on mostly smooth roads. Kaitlyn recieved her first flat of the trip about midway through the ride.  About 15 minutes later we were off again.  Later in the ride, we stopped at Ben Narmore’s house and visited him and his family. We ate lunch and chatted for a while until we had to hit the road again. Unfortunately, Ben has recently had surgery and wasn’t able to go for a ride in the duet bike, but we promised we would be back next year and go for a ride then.

After leaving the Narmore’s, we jumped on the Toepath Trail and met up with Mark Cozy, City Manager of Canal Fulton, and rode the reminder of the ride in his company. We stopped at Oser’s Ice Cream Shop and enjoyed a tasty ice cream cone. After we made it to the rec center in Massillon, OH we showered and relaxed until dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings! Tomorrow we head to Minerva, OH, and we are so excited to see the Rudd family!

– The JettRiders

Thursday – July 31, 2014

Posted on August 01, 2014

After the exciting day we had yesterday, it was hard to wake this morning and leave the Henegars. We hope to see Braedan, Tammy, Scott and Chelsea soon! After a quick breakfast the team was on their way to Wellington.

The 80 mile day went by very slowly. Julie was surprised by a squirrel on the bike path in the morning, then Julianne found a pizza place in Bellevue and the riders ate a delicious lunch. We got to pastor Paul’s home in Wellington around 5:00. For dinner he made us delicious chicken, steak, roasted peppers, salad, smoothie and mashed potatoes. It was a feast! Pastor Paul is also an avid biker, he is doing an MS ride this weekend and will wear the JettRide jersey we gave him. At the end of the night Ezra and Kaitlyn took a ride on one of Paul’s tandem bikes. The team is very tired after the long day.
-The JettRiders

Wednesday – July 30, 2014

Posted on August 01, 2014

Today the JettRiders traveled 25 miles from Temperance, MI to Curtis, OH.  Because the day was so short, we went for a late breakfast in Toledo then visited the Imagination Station (Toledo’s Science Museum) and saw the special Titanic exhibit, with many artifacts lifted directly from 12,000 ft under the Newfoundland Sea.

After riding through showers, we arrived at the Henegar family house, where we played with Braedan and many family friends that came out for a big dinner. We met two local men with Duchenne, Tom Sulfaro, 44, one of the old

est men with the

condition and Travis Coll, 21. We had a blast swimming in the pond, and Kaitlyn tore the ropeswing, though luckily she did not fall onto the sharp stones. We ended the night with a late night swim with Braedan and Kailey Wolf, 10, a local girl with a movement disorder. It was a fun filled day!

– The JettRiders