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!!!
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.
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!!
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!
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!!
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
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!
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!
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.
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 have been pedaling their way across American since June and will finally reach the end of their long journey on August 15th in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey! Come join us on that day and help cheer on the riders as they bike those last few miles and dip their bike tires in the Atlantic Ocean symbolizing the end of this years ride raising awareness for Duchenne!
The JettRiders had the pleasure of spending some time with Kelly and Garrett (Gman) over the weekend of July 19th in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. They wrote a very nice blog about their time with the JettRiders and also included some awesome pictures! Check out their blog at the link below:
Today, the Jettriders left the comforts of the Van Houten house to continue our journey to Point Pleasant, NJ. The team was happy to have Jack Van Houten join us for today’s ride. Today was also Julianne’s first full day as a Jettrider.
5 minutes into our 75 mile ride, Delaney got her first flat tire of the trip. With the help of Dan and Julianne the tire was fixed and the riders continued. Lunch was provided by Carol and Sue of the Peoples Presbyterian Church in Milan. Unfortunately, Delaney’s bad luck continued and she got another flat tire later in the afternoon.
The team arrived in Temperance, Michigan around 3pm. After Mr. Van Houten picked Jack up, the rest of the team went to the local YMCA which provided showers and dinner. After supper, the team went to a big Cabela’s in Dundee to shop and look at the stuffed animals. After an icecream at McDonalds, the team went back to the church to sleep and rest up for the next day.
A great rest day was enjoyed by all at the Van Houten’s home. The day started with everyone getting a couple extra hours of sleep. We had a nice, lazy morning consisting of movies and video games. Evan came over this morning and joined in the activities. Later, we swam and continued our video games and movies.
Megan had to leave us for a few days to take care of some business, but no worries, she’ll be back soon. We are happy to welcome her replacement, Julianne, who arrived today, to the team!
We are so thankful to the Van Houten family for their amazing generosity and hospitality they always show us. We had a great time spending time with Kyle and Evan and relaxing. Tomorrow, Jack Van Houten will be joining us for the day! He has done the tour in previous years and we are excited to have him join us!
Sunday – July 27, 2014
After a fun night of swimming in the Olympic sized pool at the St. Jones High School, the riders arose at the usual time of 6 am. After a quick breakfast, they were on their way to Howell, Michigan.
The day was easy until the last 10 miles, when the team had to ride in the rain and humidity on dirt roads. We were all thankful to cool off in the Van Houten’s pool as soon as we arrived. Afterwards, the neighborhood came over for a barbecue. The kids played Wii, went swimming and watched The Office. We are happy to relax here tomorrow on our rest day.
Today the Jettriders enjoyed a short ride to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We continued traveling on the beautiful bike trails. We arrived at the church around 11 and explored Milwaukee in the afternoon.
The Jettriders enjoyed a cookout provided by the pastor and her friends and family for dinner. We enjoyed a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and a delicious dinner of turkey, potato salad, and coleslaw.
After a game of Bocci Ball, the Jettriders roasted marshmallows and ate delicious rhubarb pie. The Jettriders turned in early to prepare for the early morning the next day to get on the ferry.
Today started with all of us wanting to remain in the comfort of our luxurious beds at the Hilton Garden Inn. We ate a delicious breakfast and hit the road bright and early. For the majority of the day we rode in the shade of gravel bike paths. Along the path, Dan and Julianna were minding their own business when out of nowhere a huge bird ( probably a crane) darted from the side of the path crowing and scared us. After we realized what happend we burst into laughter and continued riding.
After arriving at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, we enjoyed some refreshments prepared by some of the church members. We then took showers and got ready for dinner. A buffet of food was set out for our choosing and it was delectable!
Later on, we met Cody, who is 18 and battling Duchenne. He and his family drove down to see us and we had a nice time chatting with them. Thanks for coming out today!
- The JettRiders
Update on Xavier- As you already know, we met Xavier and his family in Minneapolis. He is a fun loving kid who loves tea cup pigs and being goofy. Unfortunately, we recieved some bad news regarding Xavier’s latest doctor’s appointment. He has been diagnosed with an infection of the bones. If you could, please keep Xavier and his family in your thoughts and prayers. They are a great family and it is sad to hear that this has happend. We love you Xavier and hope to see you all next year!
Awesomeeeee! Day in the Wisconsin Dells! We took advantage of the short mileage day and sprinted (via car) to America’s largest waterpark, Noah’s Ark. A water coaster called Black Anaconda gave some scares and Flash Flood convinced the group we are not prepared for an apocalyptic rain.
The Presbyterian church whipped up some spectacular chicken, salad, and dessert that left us in a minor food coma. Deciding we hadn’t had enough fun in the Dells, we took advantage of the clear, cool night and hit up the drive-in for a late night adventure. Too tired to continue, catch y’all tomorrow!
Sunday July 20th:
Today the Jettriders traveled to Elroy, Wisconsin. We got a late start because of the delicious breakfast we had with Garret and his friends and family. When we finally started we enjoyed scenic bike trails which was a nice change from the busy roads.
In Wilton a family provided us with a tasty lunch of hotdogs and sloppy joes. Tonight, we are staying in a motel. We had a cookout/fundraiser with the people of Elroy. Tomorrow we are looking forward to going to the water park in Wisconsin Dells.
We biked a relatively easy 63 mile from Lake City to Trempalou, WI. On our way out of Lake City we were escorted by the Lake City police after a great send off from REI and Mayor Winstead!
During the ride, we biked over the Mississippi river and we also stopped in Fountain City and enjoyed some refreshing beverages! Later in the day, we met Garrett, who is 21 and has Duchenne. We ate a delicious meal of chicken Garrett’s Dad had grilled for us! Ice cream and a trip to see the lock and dam was also included in our evening. The day was definitely enjoyed by all and we can’t wait to have Kelly and Garrett join us for tomorrow’s ride!
Today the Jettriders we enjoyed a well deserved break. After sleeping in, the team headed to the Mall of America. There we enjoyed shopping and going to the amusement park. We had a great lunch provided by Panda Express.
For dinner, the Shumsky Family joined us for a great meal of spaghetti. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Xavier who has Duchenne and his little sister Erica. Later on the team took a drive around downtown Minneapolis. Overall it was a great day and we are well rested and ready to continue our journey.
Today, the Jettriders made their way from Hutchinson to Bloomington, a suburb just outside Minneapolis. After a tough first 10 miles on a gravel rode, we enjoyed riding on bike paths instead of the busy rode. Unfortunately, our directions were not accurate and we spent a lot of time backtracking and trying to find the right rode.
After about 50 miles Kaitlyn, Ezra, Julianna, and Delaney joined Megan in the van to insure we had time to take showers. Bruce and Dan journeyed on and arrived at the church later. For dinner the Jettriders enjoyed tacos and sherbet provided by the church. We are looking forward to the rest day tomorrow and shopping at the Mall of America!
Trading the Zuiderhof’s hot tub for the road was a a tough call to make, but luckily the team only had 58 miles to ride. At The Ridge restaurant, we were treated to a great breakfast of eggs, hash browns and toast covered in creamed honey, a local specialty.
The temperature was cold enough for arm warmers and gloves until you put them on, but to hot to keep them on for more than ten minutes. Forty miles in we met Marty, gas station owner and road biker who gave us a better route and talked with Ezra about being pro. St. Stevan’s Lutheran church is graciously hosting us tonight as well as providing dinner. Crossed into Minnesota
“No, make us more macaroni,” the children replied.
The children then made themselves macaroni and dozed off.
For this reason, the blog was not written on Friday and due to similar reasons, was not completed on Saturday.
The following is a summary of the past three days, from Fort Thompson to Huron and then Huron to Bruce.
Riding to Huron, half the volume of the Great Lake which shares it’s name dumped on us. The most important event of the day was the theft and ultimate return of Ezra’s Garmin, which had (fell off) at a rest stop about 45 miles in.
The ride to Bruce was made brief by a strong tailwind, which blew the team in to the honey capital of South Dakota. Once we arrived, The Ridge restaurant provided us with a great meal. The Zuiderhof family kindly took us in and provided us with a great place to sleep as well as hot tub and swimming facilities.
Today, the Jettriders traveled from Murdo to Fort Thompson. It was a hot and humid day through the hills of South Dakota. Only Megan and Julianna were brave enough to finish the ride. In Fort Thompson the Jettriders Habit for Humanity house. For dinner, we went to a church summer camp for a meal of hot dogs and chocolate cake.
Today we biked from from Rapid City to the KOA in the middle of nowhere. It was a hard day and we struggled against the tough headwind. Although we biked hard, the team moved at a sluggish pace. Tonight we are staying in Interior, South Dakota at the “Kampground of America”.
Today the Jettride family had a well-deserved rest day. We slept for an extra hour and a half and crossed the South Dakota border. Our first stop was Jewell Cave close to the border. We descended 300 feet into the worlds 3rd largest cave and saw beautiful rock formations.
Our next stop was historic Mount Rushmore. As everyone knows, Mt. Rushmore was carved by the Native Americans in 1463, to commentate the first Thanksgiving. Dubious history aside, we all had big cones of ice cream, churned to Thomas Jefferson’s specifications. While we did not have time to fully enjoy the monument to Crazy Horse, we may never enjoy its completion, as the projected date is measured in generations, not years. Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Rapid City, South Dakota for providing a fun barbecue and dip in the clubhouse pool.
Biking from coast to coast is easy. Knowing how much icy-hot to use is not. Over hills and under bridges, we barely sweat. With the wind at our backs, cruising above 20 mph was no challenge. Ezra and Megan leapfrogged throughout the day, visiting museums and points of interest and then pushing to catch the rest of the group. This new method of tempering Ezra’s pace worked well and will hopefully be continued. The girls rode with Bruce at comfortable speed, coasting more than they peddled. Delaney finished her first full day of riding, a full 76 miles of rolling hills. We would like to thank Christ The King Lutheran Church of Newcastle, Wyoming for providing a air conditioned resting place.
July fifth was the perfect follow up to a firework-free Independence Day. Fireworks shot in everyone’s legs and lungs as we climbed the Powder River Pass. At an elevation of 9,666 feet, the climb was extremely challenging. While Kait, Delaney and Julie were unable to reach the summit, bailing at the 25 mile mark after an extremely difficult morning, they provided great support from the van. Ezra, Megan and Dan pushed on, and were rewarded with beautiful scenery and several animal sightings. After waiting for over an hour and half for the support vehicle, Megan and Ezra decided to go for a swim in the Cloud lake, shaded by the Medowlark ski area.
After some rolling hills (each larger than Watchusett), the remaining riders sped down the mountain into Buffalo, dropping 3800 feet over 4 miles. Ezra descended without using his brakes, averaging 40.5 mph on the descent with a top speed of 52.2 mph. Thanks to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Buffalo, WY for preparing a delicious meal and providing us with a great place to sleep.
The team fought against the brutal Wyoming plains as well as their mental barriers in today’s “wicked hahd” 90 mile ride from Cody to Worland. Along the way, Ezra jumped over a dead beaver and a squished raccoon, though on the second attempt, he was almost flattened by a semi-truck. Kaitlyn learned many valuable lessons about biking from our resident pro, Ezra. Delaney almost hit a cat and subsequently fell. She is “wicked ok”.
Julianna and Bruce made the winning break with 10 miles to go, pushing hard and creating a even minute gap from the peleton. Anne, Megan’s close friend, provided much needed humor and brightened the mood considerably. Stravatindr is now the collective property of the Jett foundation. Thanks again to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and Pastor Doug for opening his home to us.
Today, the team took a break from riding to visit Yellowstone National Park. After a boring car ride to the park, we enjoyed the beautiful diverse landscapes. We saw snow capped mountains, rolling hills, geysers, lakes, and hot springs. We encountered many different types of animals including bison, elk, deer, marmots, and mountain goats.
The group bonded during the long car rides around the park. Some of our favorite parts were seeing Old Faithful erupt, seeing the wildlife, and the beautiful waterfalls. Megan’s friend Anne joined us today and will also be biking some of the way with us tomorrow.
Today we biked a grueling 104 miles from Colombia, MT to Cody, WY. The biking was extra monotonous due to the extremely hot and dry weather conditions. A quarter of the way through, Megan took off to the airport to pick up Kaitlyn and Delaney who will be joining us for the remainder of the tour! We are so excited to finally have them a part of our team! Soon after Megan picked up the girls she drove back to check on the rest of us who were biking. The heat and the hills were beginning to take its tole on everyone and we considered calling it a day at mile 70. We decided to carry on until about 10 miles down the road when Bruce had had enough. Bruce and Julianna loaded their bikes into the trailer and drove into Cody with the rest of the group. Dan and Ezra both continued on to finish the remainder of the ride. Ezra arrived at the church, but Dan had to be picked up because him too was beat. Everyone is safe and sound and having a great time.We have the day off in Cody tomorrow and looking forward to going to Yellowstone National Park!
On Sunday, June 29th, we left Butte bright and early under chilly conditions, as it was only in the 30′s when we departed. Janet, the host from church we stayed at, joined us for a portion of the ride. She guided us up the mountain pass and gave us information regarding some of the sites we saw. She was quite informative and we had a lot of fun biking with her!
Shortly, after we started our climb up the mountain pass, Dan, suffered a flat. Unfortunately, his tire was beyond repair and he was forced to ride in the support vehicle until he was able to pick up the correct tire for his wheel. Thankfully, there was no other bike problems for today.
As the day proceeded to warm up, we made good time. We were about 30 miles away from Three Forks when we realized we had missed a turn. After getting directions from friendly people, we continued on, and had to bike an extra five miles. Although we had to bike extra, the mountainous beauty made the mistake worth it.
We made it to Three Forks and to our surprise we found out the church we were going to stay at made plans for us to stay and sleep at a Motel. They also provided a scrumptious meal of spaghetti and fried chicken! We had a wonderful time visiting with all of you and can’t thank you enough for your generosity.
A bit later in the afternoon, we checked out the small town (and I mean SMALL) of Three Forks. There was not a lot going on, but the culture of rural Montana was like something you would see in a western movie. Cowboys, horses and Rodeos were the main attraction. After taking in the sites of small town America, we headed back to our rooms to get some much needed rest.
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!
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.
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!
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..
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
The JettRide is a cross country cycle tour for teens to raise funds and awareness to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We are now accepting applications for JettRide 2014. This year’s JettRide will run from June – August, starting in Oregon and ending in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey! Join us this summer on the road while we spread awareness, inspire siblings and unite families across America as we raise funds to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy! If you think you or someone you know would like to be a rider, check out our rider application: HERE
If you are interested in becoming a Rider for a Day you can download the application: HERE
We are now accepting applications for JettRide 2014. This year’s JettRide will run from June – August, starting in Oregon and ending in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey! Join us this summer on the road while we spread awareness, inspire siblings and unite families across America as we raise funds to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy!
My Favorite Place to Be By: Jack Van Houten JettRider: 2011, 2012 and 2013
As I skidded across the dirt trail, I could feel the skin on my knees slowly rip open. My last two falls had landed me in the hospital, first with a major concussion and then with four broken bones in my hand, but this one was minor. I only felt pain from dusting the dirt and pebbles out of my open wound. The crash would remain in my head, taunt me, but nothing could take me away from my favorite place in the world: The JettRide.
Sitting on the ground, I rested my legs. I had already ridden twenty miles that morning and was still thirty more from my destination. Despite my pain and exhaustion I was content, almost joyful. The JettRide, a fifteen-member bicycle tour intended to raise money and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, challenged me and forced me to adapt to all sorts of situations. I was hundreds of miles from home with no means of travel besides my dirt-covered Trek bicycle.
Although I do love biking, my fourteen-year-old brother, Kyle, was the real reason I was on the JettRide. Kyle was born with Duchenne and because of it has trouble walking and cannot run, jump or play any sports; if there’s one thing my brother loves, its sports. This horribly ironic situation is what introduced me to the JettRide. So in July of 2011 I bought a shiny white bike and flew to Minnesota to start the thirty-day, 1500-mile ride.
After my short rest I got back on my bike and hit the road. The last thirty miles went by quickly. The bright green rolling hills of Ohio distracted me from all thoughts of time. At around four-thirty, the JettRide rolled into Curtis, Ohio as a team. The Henegar family, a family affected by Duchenne just like mine, greeted us and hosted us for the night. The youngest member of the Henegar family, Braedan, was six years old and had just been diagnosed with Duchenne the year before. He was a skinny kid with blond hair and blue eyes; he looked just like my brother did at that age. Braedan had a great personality and could easily make all the JettRiders smile. We took him go-carting, snake hunting and out for ice cream. We all had a great time but when it was time for us to leave Braedan started crying. He crawled up into his mom’s arms and said, “I wish this could last forever.” At that moment I realized how special of an environment the JettRide was. At all times there were fifteen people trying to give a boy, with a disease that prevents him from walking like his friends, a day completely devoted to him. When the JettRide was at my house, my brother was happier than I had ever seen him. To me that is something very meaningful.
On the JettRide I was able to meet over thirty other families coping with muscular dystrophy. As I played, cooked, ate, cleaned up and slept with the families I realized how similar they all were to my own. Within hours of leaving each family’s home I would start missing them. Remembering the pure happiness of each kid’s smile pushed me through the long days of biking and to the next family’s home.
The JettRide showed me that my family is not alone in our situation. I have met families from eight different states dealing with the same problems. In the time since the 2011 JettRide, I have participated in two more and raised over $25,000 in support of research that will hopefully cure Duchenne. There is truly no other place I would rather be than on the JettRide.
Today summed up the 2013 JettRide. Like always we got ready to ride and started out ahead of schedule. We rode really fast, an average of 16 mph, for the 55 miles from Marlton to Point Pleasant.
We were escorted for a few miles by the Point Pleasant bicycle cops. We met in a small parking lot downtown to wait for the firetrucks to start the parade. In the parking lot we met all the riders’ families and a few of the JettRiders from previous years.
Jett and Tanner led the parade down the street in their chairs. Ryan and Braedan rode in the Firetruck while Kyle rode in the duet with his dad. After dipping our front tires into the Atlantic we took a long relaxing swim to celebrate. We had a great barbeque lunch on the boardwalk and gave medals to all the riders and boys affected.
So with that the 2013 JettRide was over. We met 15 different boys and spread DMD awareness across 900 miles of the United States. Thank you for always following our journey! Your support is greatly appreciated and the JettRide would not be possible without it. Thank you all once again for all the donations and support! Only with your tremendous support can we accomplish these feats.
This morning we woke up to a thunderstorm. The terrible weather and the traffic forced us to shuttle for the day. The day was spent organizing the trailer and shopping at Barnes and Noble.
For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant where we stuffed ourselves with pizzas calzones and mozzerela sticks. We are all very excited to ride into Point Pleasant tomorrow. This trip has been filled with great adventures and stories that will forever be branded into our minds. We have met 1 outstanding man and 9 amazing kids that have decided to put their conditions to the side and live their lives. They are the most fun loving kids you will ever meet and we are so glad to have been able to hang out with them.
We have also been treated like royalty in every town we stayed. The JettRide would not be possible without the many generous churches and towns across the US. Thank you so much everyone we can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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 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!
Please take a moment to check out this awesome video put together by 2012 JettRiders Drew Gottman and Mac Sullivan. Their video chronicles their journey across America starting in Seaside, Oregon and finishing with the rest of the JettRiders in Point Pleasant, New Jersey! They biked for their friend Cory who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Greetings everyone! Today was our day off. We haven’t had a day
off in awhile so we were all looking forward to today. As the trip is
getting closer to an end we are getting more worn out. So today
everyone slept in. It was great! We had a nice comfy bed and air
conditioning. For the most part we just hung out today and took care
of some things that had to be done. Pauly took Colby to the hospital
today. They ran a lot of tests and thankfully he is okay. He Has
some strained muscles in his neck but he is eager to ride tomorrow. We
were happy to do laundry today and to have clean clothes. We also had
to clean our bikes since they were wicked dirty from the trails we had
been on the last few days. Dirt was encrusted on them! We also had to
do some cleaning of the trailer. The picture below shows only a
quarter of the stuff that goes in there. Tomorrow we’ll show you a
picture of it nicely packed. One bonus to a day off is not having to
pack the trailer! It was good to have a day where we could just relax
and hang out together. We went to dinner at a Chinese buffet and we
all enjoyed it.
Hi guys- Today started off with us going out to breakfast. What
a treat! It was a good way to start off the long day ahead of us. With
full bellies we were ready to hit the road. The whole day was rolling
hills. Even though it was kind of hot everyone did well. Pauly had
trouble with his bike at one point but luckily it was able to be
fixed. Along the way we even stopped for ice cream. Yum! Gillian tried
to feed the group cat food at lunch and only Joe fell for it. The
people who knew it was cat food made predictions and they were spot
on. We knew Ty would recognize it was cat food because he has a cat.
We also knew Joe would eat it because he would feel bad no one had
touched the sandwiches. When he found out it was cat food he spit it
out immediately. Colby still wasn’t feeling 100 percent today. He had
a headache and Pauly wanted him to ride in the car. The biggest hill
of the day was between 2-3 miles. The lead group made awesome timing.
The other group got far behind because they got a little lost. Let’s
just say the group wasn’t too happy with Joe. He made them go up a
huge hill in the wrong direction! Everyone was happy to get to the
hotel and to have a day off tomorrow. We ordered pizza and we were
excited to watch the Olympics! One last thing, as many of you know Mac
and Drew started from the West coast. Be sure to check out their blog
at the link below for more highlights of their journey: bikestory4cory.blogspot.com/.
Hey guys. This morning had a little bit of a scary start. At
breakfast Colby passed out. We were all really scared for him. When he
woke up he wasn’t sure where he was. We knew Colby was back to himself
when one of the first things he said was “Did anybody get that on the
go pro?!” Colby said he was okay. He was sore and had a headache and
for safety reasons he didn’t bike. We all hope Colby feels better!
Please don’t scare us like that again. Today is also the year
anniversary of when Jack Van Houten broke his hand. Jack was Sherpa
today ( we all take turns being Sherpa- that means you don’t bike and
you ride in the support vehicle and help the driver set up for break
and lunch). Jack and Colby had fun being sherpas for Ty. Meanwhile,
the path the rest of us were on stunk. It was horrible! It was so
bumpy that our bikes were vibrating the whole way. Also, there was a
ton of mud so our tires were fish tailing. It was a long and slow day.
We did see some animals on the path which was cool. Some of the
favorites were deer and turtles. A deer even ran right in front of
someone’s bike! Another thing people enjoyed was right after lunch
when people jumped off a bridge and into the water. We biked between
62 and 65 miles today. Us and our bikes were all very dirty by the end
of the day. Thanks to Dave at the Church for buying us dinner at a
Hello everyone! Today was a pretty good day. We left the hostel a
little late but it didn’t set us back too much. At the hostel we met
this really interesting man named Tom. Tom has been biking for 5
months and he is trying to raise money to go to Israel and make
prosthetic limbs for orphans. He had such an interesting story. We
enjoyed talking to him and we were happy he wasn’t bothered by us. We
hope he can succeed in his mission. Pauly couldn’t find a pair of his
riding shorts and we weren’t going to leave until they were found. We
thought that they had gone through the laundry and ended up in
somebody’s bag. So, we all had to look through our stuff. Turns out
they never made it to the wash and that they were in his bike bag the
whole time! He felt horrible about it but we thought it was funny. We
were on the same trail we were on the day before. Since there had been
a storm the night before the trail had a lot of trees and branches in
the path along with mud. The beginning of the day was a steady incline
but at around 20 miles it became downhill for the rest of the day. It
was great! We saw the Eastern Continental divide along with the Mason
Dixon line. It was really cool to see. The group kind of got really
split up today. Pauly, Kristyn, and Colby got ahead of the others
because the others stopped at the local town. In town a really strange
series of coincidences lead to the riders meeting a local boy who had
recently been diagnosed with Duchenne. The riders met a lady and told
them what we were biking for. She was reading a newspaper and saw the
article about the boy who had just been diagnosed. The article had
contact information so they called it and the family came to meet them
and reporters came. It was a great experience. We had a few crashes
today. Luckily, nobody was hurt. Just handlebars to the back and a
fall by someone else but it was an accident. Lunch was cool because we
saw this great old fashioned train. The conductor was talking to Pauly
and next year he wants to help us do a fundraiser. It was a great day
of making connections.We were all happy to make it to the church and
to relax. Thanks to the leaders for cooking dinner. Love, The
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Today we continued on the trail. The scenery was awesome. The
trail had a canopy of trees covering it and rays of sunlight would
come through. It looked really cool. We got very dirty on the trail
because early morning there were severe thunderstorms. The path had a
lot of puddles that we couldn’t prevent going through. We biked 18
miles and most of it was at a steady incline. The day was a short one
because we got to go white water rafting!! It was lots of fun and the
boys put their go pros to good use. A lot of us fell off our rafts and
one of us accidentally got a paddle to the face. Falling off was a
little scary. Fortunately, we all made it safely to the end of the
rafting. As we were finishing and the company was shuttling us back to
where we started it began to pour followed by thunder and lightening.
We were freezing. As planned after rafting , Pauly shuttled us to the
hostel where we are staying. We didn’t have power for awhile because
of the storm. Thank you to the members of the Jettride who cooked in
the rain. We were all happy when the power came back. We really had to
do laundry! Tomorrow’s ride is supposed to be a good one… Lots of
downhill. We’ll fill you in on how tomorrow goes. Love, The Jettriders
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Today was a long day. We got a late start which meant we had a
late arrival. A few things had to be taken care of in the morning so
we didn’t hit the trail until around 11. We biked 58 miles on a trail
that we will be on for the next two days. The trail runs all the way
to D.C.! We obviously won’t be taking the full trail since our final
destination is New Jersey. The trail is great for allowing us to have
more of a relaxed ride where we can talk to each other. Courtney
hadn’t been feeling well for the past few days and went to the
hospital. We missed her biking with us! She was dehydrated. Not to
fret, she is doing wonderfully. She stayed at the hospital for a few
hours and got hooked up to ivs and began to feel much better. Even
with a late start we still made decent timing. We went to pizza hut
for dinner and we had a great meal. We then headed to the church and
had a great surprise.. Gillian and Courtney had unloaded all our
stuff. Score! At the church we all just hung out until bed. Love, The
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Hello! Today we headed to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The riding
wasn’t too bad. We just had to be careful because as we got closer to
the city. It became more and more crowded. We biked 36 miles from
Minerva and got in early. When we left Geneva college in the morning
it began to pour as the packing crew was loading up the bags. Also,
right when we were arriving to Pittsburg it began to pour again.
Thankfully it cleared up and we got to enjoy the day. Since we got in
early we had a chance to take showers and naps before dinner. Thanks
to the church for providing dinner! After that we went to a Pirates
game. It was lots of fun. The stadium had a great view of the city.
Unfortunately, the Pirates lost but we still had fun. That was even
some people’s first baseball game. Overall it was a good day.
Love, The Jettriders
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Greetings from Pennsylvania!! Today we crossed over from Ohio to
Pennsylvania. We biked about 48 miles. This morning we got a tour of
the spread eagle tavern from one of Cade’s family members, Karen. It
was really cool. It was built in 1837 and was turned into a
restaurant. Karen told us all about the history of the place and even
told us about a ghost that is said to live there. Thanks Karen! People
were especially pleased with the expressos she gave us. What a treat!
From there we headed out for the rest of our day. The road we bike on
was kind of scary because there were tons of semi trucks. On the
positive side, the route was very scenic. There were a lot of hills
but the down hills were good. We had a great lunch today grilled
cheese. Yum! Thanks driver and sherpa. We made good timing arriving at
our destination early and giving us time to relax and settle in. We
are staying at Geneva college. Thanks for letting stay here and for
the great dinner and lawn games. We appreciate it. Love, The
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Hello! Today we left the rec center where we had stayed the
night. We slept in until 6:30 because it was a 32 mile day. We got a
little bit of a late start because somebody’s biking shoes were left
at the last house. They had to go back and get them. When we left the
rec center at about 10 we headed to the local bike shop to pick up a
few things. It was an awesome store and we were like kids in a candy
shop. The biking was tough but manageable. There were a lot of rolling
hills and it was hot out. We stayed with the Rudd family. They had a
lovely greeting for us with lots of signs and cheering. We had an
amazing time with Cade and his mom( Amanda) along with the rest of the
crew. Cade had lots of fun in the pool with everyone. He seemed to
take a special liking to Justin. Cade was an excellent host. For his
birthday he got this really cool concession stand. He served us
snowcones, nachos, and popcorn. He made sure we were well taken care
of. To finish off the day we had s’mores and slept under the stars.
What a day! Thank you Rudd family for your hospitality. We had a great
time. Love, The Jettriders
This morning we had an amazing send off. Lots of friends and
family of the Wolfe’s and Dumm’s came to see us off along with the
local cheerleaders and the police. Courtney got a flat while we had
our police escort! Then less than 30 minutes later Alec got a hole in
his tire because he accidentally ran over glass. It was a rough start
to the day. We biked on a trail most of the day called Towpath. It was
a lot better than biking on a road. At break Gillian ended up running
into somebody that she lead during her last tour. What a small world!
On the trail we saw water locks for the barges. It was cool. When we
had about 10 miles left we met the town manager of Canal Fulton, Mark
Cozy, for ice cream. Thank you! He then biked with us to where we
would be staying the night. Somebody on the bike path ran into him and
he hit a tree! He was thankfully okay but he was a little sore. Pauly
also got his first flat of the trip even though he just changed his
tires this morning. We biked 60 miles today arriving in Massillon,
Ohio. Once again the day was a long one. We were all happy to go out
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Today we left Sandusky, Ohio and headed to North Royalton, Ohio.
The weather was not the greatest at first. The morning was dark,
gloomy, cold, and drizzly. We were having lunch provided for us about
20 miles out. This gave us time to explore Vermilion, Ohio before it
was time for lunch. Poor Alec blew out his tire so his group didn’t
have as much time to explore. We saw lake Erie and did some window
shopping. Colby got a free haircut at the barbershop when the barber
found out about the Jettride. Colby was really happy. Lunch was great.
Thank you. Then we headed out for the rest of the day. The weather got
a little better and the cool air felt nice biking. The stinky part of
the day was the headwind! We were biking most of the day with it and
it made pedaling a lot harder. It was a long day. Joe’s bike spoke
broke so he had to make a makeshift one to get through the end of the
day. We were all happy when we arrived at the Dumm residence. The day
was a little longer than expected and we ended up doing 65 miles.
Everyone was so friendly and happy for us to be there. Thank you so
much for the great time and the hospitality. We were happy to get to
talk with John Owen and Jack Wolfe. Thank you to Sue ( Jen Dumm’s
sister) for having the girls stay there. Leader Gillian returned after
leaving for a week to attend her mom’s wedding. Alec also got Ty back
for making him think his liver was failing. Alec hid when we got to
the Dumm’s house and had people tell Ty he was missing. Ty had to dive
the car and go out looking for him. Now that they are even it is the
end of their war. Love, The Jettriders
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Today was a rest day and we certainly used it for rest. Last
night we rented some movies and watched those late into the night and
today we got to sleep in as late as we wanted. It was great. Having a
lazy day allowed us time to just relax. Some of us went and did
laundry ( clean clothes are always nice). Others were still sleeping
so they just washed their clothes in the sink. The other task we got
done was going to the bike shop. We had to pick up more tubes since we
were getting so many flat tires. For dinner we had a surf and turf
theme, steak and fish. A big thanks goes out to (leader) Megan’s mom.
She lives in Ohio and hung out with us last night and helped with
dinner tonight. We appreciate it! It was delicious. We were joined by
the Porter family for dinner. Their son Austin who is 7 has Duchenne.
He was adorable. He was a little shy at first but Megan and Courtney
got him out of his shell by inviting him to play volleyball with them.
He was thrilled to play that and other games. He also sampled most of
the desserts even with his missing front teeth. By the end of the
night he didn’t want to leave. It was great to hang out with him and
his family. Thanks to Pastor Paul and the church community for having
us. We have some busy days ahead of us. Wish us luck! Love, The
Today was an awesome day! We biked 25 miles from the church to
the Henegar’s house. Braedan Henegar is almost 7 and he has Duchenne.
His family was thrilled to find out that we were in the area and they
wanted to host us for lunch. Thanks for all the great food! They also
had a really cool pond in their backyard that we got to swim in. It
was a blast. They had a dock in the pond which we had fun jumping off
of and pushing each other off, they had a tire swing that you could
use to jump into the water, rafts, and paddle boats. We also had a big
game of baseball in the front yard. It started to rain a little but
that made the game even better. We got to be shuttled the rest of the
way to Sandusky, Ohio due to the time. The Henegars helped shuttle
which we appreciated. Then we had a delicious dinner provided by the
church. After dinner we went with the Henegar family to goofy golf. We
did mini golf, bumper boats, played in the arcade, and go carts. The
overall favorite was the go carts. Lets just be thankful that some of
us don’t bike the way we drive the go carts! It was great to be able
to hang out with Braedan all day! Thank you so much Henegar family. We
hope you guys can come to NJ. Love, The Jettriders.
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We had a blast with them!!!! I love them all, and they are welcome back to our place anytime!!!
They all have such BIG hearts and were wonderful with Braedan! We spent the whole day with them, until 10:30 last night. We had lunch, swam, played baseball, swam again, and then went to Sandusky and went putt-putting and Go-Karting with them. They are such an awesome group of kids, and I actuall hated to even say good bye to them last night. Braedan loved it so much!!!!!
Thank you so much for allowing us to host them, and we would love to have them back next year!!!
Hi guys! This morning we were escorted out of the Van Houten’s
neighborhood by Kyle in his golf cart. It was really fun. The day was
a tough one though. The roads we were biking on weren’t the greatest.
This morning where we were biking there was tons of traffic. It was a
little scary but the leaders made sure we all were safe. The roads
also were really bumpy and had a lot of potholes! It was rough. We had
a lot of flats. We had lunch at a great place where we could swim. It
was an awesome way for us to cool down since it was so hot out. We
biked 75 miles today and made it safely to Temperance. We made it in
sort of late due the swimming but it was worth it. The local YMCA
provided us with dinner and showers. We were really thankful.
Tonight’s church has air conditioning which is a bonus. The pastor of
the Church is really cool. He even let us use the instruments to have
karaoke. Love, The Jettriders
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Hi! Today is the halfway point of the Jettride. We can’t believe
it!! Being here has given us a weird concept of time. It Feels like
time has been going by quickly but thinking about being at home seems
like a long time ago. Last night we got our care packages. It was nice
to get a taste of home. Today was a rest day. We slept in and had a
great breakfast. Later on we went to the movies and had a lot of fun.
Kyle came with us and we saw the amazing spiderman. It was good to be
able to relax and enjoy the air conditioning. After that we came back
and hung out by the pool. It was such a great day. They also made us
an awesome dinner. The Van Houten’s are the best! Thank you so much
for hosting us. We had a blast and don’t want to leave. You guys went
above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. We appreciate all
the hard work that went into having us. We have a long day ahead of
us. 75 miles! Love, The Jettriders
Hello everyone! Today was a hot and sunny day. We made great
timing and were able to leave the church by 7:45. Before we left most
of us thought the day was going to be a 50 mile biking day but the
leaders did the route the night before and it was 65 miles. The
morning was mostly flat so we could bike quickly. At break we saw two
deer. Then the afternoon was a bit harder but manageable. Once again
we saw lots of road kill. There were a good amount of hills but we
made great timing. We made it to the Van Houten’s residence by 3. The
Van Houten’s are rider Jack’s family and extended family of rider
Megan Drake. Jack’s brother Kyle is 13 and has Duchenne. He is a great
kid! He took us on golf cart rides and explained fantasy baseball to
Kristyn. The Van Houtens had lots of friends and family to greet us.
We had a great time hanging out by the pool. There definitely was not
a food shortage. We had an excellent dinner and lots of desserts.
Another little boy who has Duchenne named Evan came to hangout with
us. The boys had a great time swimming with him and playing Legos.
Tomorrow is a rest day and we look forward to being with the Van
Houtens! Love, The Jettriders. Jack’s take on the day: I was very
anxious to head home to see my family and spend some quality time in
my pool. I feel like the luckiest Jettrider of all time because I get
to sleep in my own bed. Please
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Hello everyone! Today we were lead out by Ed and Bill from the
church we were staying with. The morning flew by! We biked 23 miles on
a trail. The only downside was that we encountered the smell of poop.
The afternoon got a little harder as it got hotter and there were a
good amount of hills. Some of us got a little lost at one point but
luckily the streets met up. We made great timing and made it to the
church by 2 after biking 50 miles. We had some visitors tonight. Alec
is going into 4th grade and he has Duchenne. His two younger sisters
and his dad came with him. They also brought brownies! Tonight we
pulled an awesome prank on Alec Scroggins. We all convinced him that
his liver was failing because his foot was turning yellow/orange. We
even had him soaking his feet in orange juice. He thought the vitamin
c would take away the fungus. We had him believing that he was going
to the hospital. Ty and him drove around but then they had to come
back for his “file”. That’s when Ty told him it was a prank! He
couldn’t believe it. Love, the JettRiders.
Hello! Last night most of us decided to sleep outside because the
weather was nice and inside was a little warm. What seemed like a good
idea turned out not to be. It was buggy out and our sleep was
interrupted. The police made a visit because they thought we were
trespassing but we were able to explain to them that we were guests at
the church. Then the sprinklers went off twice in the middle of the
night!! No one made it through the night. We all ended up returning
inside. Needless to say,the adventures of sleeping outside might be
over. Despite a not so great night of sleep, we were able to leave the
church by 8:30. The temperature was in the low 90s and we were biking
on road all day. We encountered a lot of road kill. Yuck! We met the
nicest lady at our 1st break. We accidentally stopped there thinking
it was park area but it turned out to be a lady named Kendra’s
property. She was more than happy to let us stay there and even
offered her pool up to anyone who wanted to cool down. She was so
interested in what we were doing. She even took some pictures and a
little video of us to send to her local paper. It was great to spread
the message. She’s already planning on having us stay with her next
year. It was great to meet you Kendra! Kristyn got her 4th flat o the
trip. What bad luck! One highlight of the day was going to get ice
cream after lunch. It hit the spot! We rounded off our 62 mile day
between 3 and 3:30 making it to St. Johns,MI. It was a good day. Then
at around 6 we had a picnic dinner provided by Bonnie. Thank you!
Tonight Megan Matrka, a leader of the 2010 Jettride arrived. She will
be a leader for us for the week.Great meeting you! We are all pretty
tired. Tomorrow we have about a 50 mile day. We are staying with the
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Happy 16th Birthday Courtney! We all got to celebrate with her
because we had a day off. We got to sleep in and the leaders made us
an amazing breakfast. Thank you so much! It was such a treat. After
breakfast we headed over to Michigan Adventure. We had a blast! The
rides were great and the lines weren’t long. The favorite ride for
most was the Ripcord. During this ride you experience a free fall of
over 180 feet! It was amazing!! We were flying through the air and
could see the whole park. Ty took videos of us on the ride so
hopefully they will be on Facebook soon. We were joined for dinner by
the grandparents of Kevin and Kyle. Kyle and Kevin both have Duchenne.
Thanks for coming. We appreciated your company. Most of us are pretty
tired from the day. Good night everyone. Love, The Jettriders.
Hello everyone! Today was an awesome day. We got to sleep in until
8. We took the ferry to Michigan and it was so much fun. We didn’t
have to go until 12:30 so the morning was very calm. The ferry ride
was nice and relaxing! The weather was beautiful and so was the
surrounding water. We had a great time just hanging out. We only had
to bike a total of 7 miles today.
Once we got to the church we joined some members of the church
community for a picnic. Later we swam in Lake Michigan! Tomorrow is a
day off! We can’t wait. Love, the Jettriders