Day 26 – Day 38 Recap
Sterling, CO to Ogallala, NE
Long and hot day. Bittersweet to cross into Nebraska… Nebraska brings our longest stretch of riding without a rest day AND our most boring (supposedly) rides through corn fields upon corn fields.
We were all pleased to find that Ogallala is a semi-resort town, that is right on the edge of this surprise lake. Got to take a short dip in the lake after crashing my bike in the sand… unfortunately in front of a few too many witnesses.
Ogallala, NE to North Platte, NE
Corn fields. SO. MANY. CORN FIELDS. Ended in a small town, fell asleep on the grass (sensing a theme?) Got my bike fixed from an awesome shop with two wonderful women working as mechanics (GO GIRLS WHO BIKE!) So my bike officially doesn’t click anymore when I pedal. Lots of bugs while camping = bug bites on my face.
North Platte, NE to Lexington, NE
I honestly don’t really remember this day. I would assume that’s because there were a lot of corn fields as well….
Lexington, NE to Grand Island, NE
I ended up driving this day as an impromptu decision. I was in a lot more pain in my neck/back then I would like to openly admit. Too many gravel roads!!!!
WE REACHED THE MILEAGE HALFWAY POINT TODAY!!!!!!
Ended the day in Grand Island at an awesome church that hosted us for the night. I fell asleep on the ground, shortly after arriving…
They made us a huge and wonderful dinner, bought my favorite kind of chips and cupcakes, SCORE. Slept soundly in a pew, refreshed for the next morning.
Grand Island, NE to Lincoln, NE
Long ride. Lincoln, NE is awesome though. Went to a local pizza place for dinner and my mind was blown from how delicious it was (still not sure if it was worth the price though)..
Lincoln, NE to Council Bluffs, IA
Huge rain storm at the end of the day, after crossing into Iowa. Super excited to cross into a new state and a new frontier! Can’t believe that we have made it this far already!! Super tired, going to sleep…
Great day of events!
We met with the Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) and got to talk about HIV care in their area. Such sweet people with great passion for their clients. We also got to shoot a short video for their website. As a team, we think its.. interesting. None of us are particularly fans of seeing ourselves on camera, but feel free to check it out on our facebook page!
We also went to the Boys and Girls Club of Omaha South to talk to the teens about health, HIV, and cycling. We met some awesome kids with great questions about HIV/AIDS. It’s always eye-opening to see for yourself what information about HIV is being passed on to the generations most at risk for its reach. I think we can do better to educate and prepare students to live safe in regards to sexual health.
Most importantly, the team let me do the Cost Co shopping. Therefore, I purchased Nutella. Obviously, it was the best idea ever. But its doubtful that they’ll let me do the shopping ever again…..
Council Bluffs, IA to Atlantic, IA
Stayed with an awesome family in the small town of Atlantic. Great conversation and great food with a wonderful nights sleep on an actual bed. Also got to hang out with the cutest three kids ever. Kate read them bed time stories, I got to play with legos. All in all, it was a successful night.
Atlantic, IA to Des Moines, IA
So many miles later, we made it to the capital!!! Unfortunately, Lisa snapped her rear derailer cable about 10 miles from the host’s house. Made for an interesting finish to the ride. Still no flat tires. I consider that a huge win for my bike!
Des Moines, IA to Grinnell, IA
Stayed at GrinnellCollege and relived the teams college days. I missed most of the festivities because I fell asleep on a couch, yet again. Luckily, we explored the Dairy Barn and I got to invest in some really unhealthy fried food and ice cream which made my night that much better. Slept in the one room in the dorm that had air conditioning—the computer lab. Not ashamed, it was awesome.
Grinnell, IA to Iowa City, IA
Iowa is hilly…. But not much of anything compared to LovelandPass. So thankful that I’m much stronger than when I started 36 days ago and my legs are able to withstand these hill repeats!
Our hosts for the night were a Neonatologist and his wife, which was super exciting, because……
I officially decided to apply to medical school (on day 24) !!!
Getting to talk with John really confirmed for me that I’m content with the decision that I’ve made and ready to work for the next few years to actually make it into a school. May the odds be ever in my favor…
Iowa City, IA to Bettendorf, IA
Driving Day! Got to read some of my newly purchased book about the Rwandan genocide. Decided it was probably a good idea to invest some time in learning about the country our fundraising is going towards. I’m completely appalled by what I’ve learned so far, but at the same time so motivated to continue riding. More to come on that later.
Chilling at the computer this morning. Had a cup of coffee and a chocolate muffin—good day. No crazy plans for the day except to prepare for the major events we have in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and Boston!
Oh the joys of being the team events coordinator.
Peace. Love. And Bikes.