So long and thanks for all the fishes!
Words of thanks to all who helped us put this trip together. It has been a wonderful, frightening, exciting, strengthening and marvelous journey.
To all the vendors and reps who contributed in many different ways from allowing us discount pricing on items to giving us gear, let me give a shout out to you all and if I forget anyone, it isn't because we aren't appreciative. Nope it is just that after 20 days on a bicycle my mind has gone a little blurry.
ü Pearl Izumi: for shorts and bibs, gloves and socks. And the wind jacket that was so handy
ü Light and Motion: The Urban 300 that led us through the dark tunnels on the C&O trail.
ü Gore Bike Wear: from jackets to jerseys, bibs and shorts your products are always great
ü Ortlieb: your panniers are wonderful and Diana just sat and waited every time Karyn had to put her rain covers on. Much kudos to the waterproof factor.
ü Arkel: The ability to segregate content through different pockets made the OCiD-ness of Karyn a little better.
ü Sugoi: Your shorts were very comfortable and many days they were worn back to back (washed of course)
ü Louis Garneau: Your Evo Mondo bibs were just what I was looking for in a women’s bib. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try them out.
ü Terry: I have always loved your shorts and chamois set ups the cover ups are wonderful and fashionable too.
ü Bontrager: When the going ruins a tire it is Bontrager to the rescue. Between your folded tire and the jerseys (yes the ones Sarah and I traded with each other) we appreciate your help and support
ü Shimano: pedals and shoes are second to none out there thanks for helping out
ü Sidi: They were the perfect fir for the very tiny feet of Diana and Sarah.
ü Keith Bontrgaer , Gary Fisher and The Sonoran Pirates for re-tweeting status updates from us to get the word out.
ü Garmin: for allowing us to see where we went and keeping track of our total miles (I love my Edge 800)
ü Show Your Strength: For the most awesomely cool shirt. I was scared to bring it out on the trail (camping is dirty business) but when I was able to wear it I had great reviews. “Women No Limits” that says it all.
ü Trek Bicycles: For making great touring bikes, for the support and the recognition when we got to Trek World 2012, Oh and a HUGE thanks for sending our bikes back to us so we could fly home.
ü Race Pace Bicycles: Alex thanks for giving us the opportunity to take three weeks off to fulfill a dream that Diana started and so many people got behind.Also a special thanks to Jon Rogers, our Trek rep, who helped make it all possible.
Thank you to our families, they supported us from the beginning of this scheme all the way through to the end and knowing they were there made it easier to get through some of the tough moments. I also want to thank Kendal C. for all his research into campsites and routes once we hit Wisconsin. The maps were invaluable. And another thank you to Athena S. for keeping the home front moving along.
Thank you to our husband and significant others: You gave us love and a great send off. You took our calls every day and joined us in Toledo, Ohio to ride along for a week. Thank you for believing in us all the way.
And a special thank you to Raymond Smith, who took care of all our blogging and Facebook updates. I wrote, he edited and posted. He made sure everyone knew where we were on the map and took care of making sure the pictures were updated. Most, if not all, of the technical info would have been lost without him. He also put together a most awesome video of our experience, check it out!
To our campground hosts:
The Hostel on Main in Rockwood, PA. This was the night we made it to town and were stopped by a train landing us in a storm we had just outrun. The owner made us sandwiches (that the teenagers ate, see post) and were friendly and kind with a comfortable hostel for us to wait out the storm in.
Hart’s Content Campground in Beaverfalls, PA. But even more importantly to Cody and Josh. They were beyond awesome. They fed us, gave us beer (Sarah and I) moonshine (Sarah) and ice cream (all of us). They left us cereal and coffee. They took care of strangers making them into friends and we couldn’t be more thankful.
To the little old lady who stopped in the middle of a deserted old country road to tell me I looked hot and would I like a cold Pepsi. That day was hot and the most climb we had done, with extremely steep grades and the touch of kindness was just what I needed.
KOA Campground in Salem/Lisbon, OH. with Barb and John, Wayne and Wilema and a score of others at this campsite that took care of us. Barb stayed late to make sure we had food and she was up bright and early so we could have coffee and a little breakfast. The campsite was awesome but even more so thanks to the hosts.
Thanks to the firemen in Mckeesport, PA. They refilled water bottles with much needed cold water.
Sunset Lake Campground, where we had the whole campground to ourselves. Well, except for the RV’s but they were around the edge. The whole grassy field was ours. They very kindly gave us soap for laundry and Sarah got to play fetch with their dog.
Jean, Keith, Kim, Dave and family. Thank you, thank you. For sharing food (homemade beans), s’mores, yummy drinks and conversation with us. You made us breakfast the next morning and made sure we had cold water. Then to top it all off Jean, Kim and their mom drove out to find us. We were 26 miles down the road already and they took off on an adventure to find us and bring us fresh water making a long hot day so much better. You all were awesome!
Theo, the host of Eaton County Fairground, a wonderfully friendly man that made sure we had a place to camp and firewood, (our first and only fire of the entire trip) He also gave us some really tasty apple pie moonshine.
Kelly Green-Shift and her husband Mike shift for opening their home to all of us. Food, laundry and a dry place to sleep was a little bit of heaven to weary Trekers. Kelly made sure we had everything we needed for snacks, went with us to dinner and made sure we had breakfast--an absolutely awesome lady.
Evert of West Michigan Bike & Fitness for the ride into Muskegon, MI and the ferry terminal. It was a rainy day and we would have surely been wet but thanks to him and the enclosed trailer from his store we were able to make it with plenty of time to spare.
And a final thanks to Bob Klitzke, just a man on a bike who noticed us looking a little lost in Wakeusha, WI and gave us the best route to find the Glacial-Drumlin Trail. That might have taken us hours and a lot of Google maps without his help.
I’m sure I have left out people, I tried to keep track of all the great people and all the wonderful help we had along our grand adventure so if I forgot to mention you by name know that we appreciate everything you did for us to make our goal possible.