It was 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.Time to pack up the noble steed and hit the road and head east towards the Get Your Rear In Gear 5K in Des Moines, IA.Over 2,000 miles in a few days. Yeeeeehaw ahead.
Said steed was packed and ready to tear it up. It was 4 pm. So I rode and I rode and I, yes rode. I made it to a rest stop just west of Elko, NV on I-80. I crashed on a picnic table, was lulled to sleep by the sound of semi-trucks, while under the view of a night sky full of stars and a full-moon.
I woke to more trucks and a bunch of annoying flies buzzing around me. Guess I may have a tad ripe at that point. I stumbled my way to vertical and fired up the bike. It was my goal to make it to Jackson, WY before dark.
My chosen path was taking 93, Great Basin Hwy, to Twin Falls, ID. It was the same route I took to the Reel Recovery men’s cancer 3 day fly fishing retreat near Mackay, ID on the 2013 Destination X Ride. With one difference, last year I rode it at 2 am. Now I got to see it in daylight. It was beautiful. The scenery and thought of last year’s ride filled my head.
Also thoughts of the wonderful family who welcomed me into their home for almost a week after I had a rear tire puncture came to mind. I wished so much that I had the time to visit them. I so very much want to be able to spend time with Lani, Dan, Jessica, Ashley, Kayla and Gio again one day. Incredible people n then some.
I made it to Jackson after dark. I stopped at the main square. Where the antler arch is. I had some phone pics taken of me and I took some as well. I will post them soonish. There was a lot of activity there. I decided to ride a little ways north to the Grand Teton National Park. My park entry was after they were closed, so I was able to enter without paying. Double bonus.
The Teton Glacier View parking lot is where I would make my camp. I unloaded my Thermarest and sleeping bag and I laid beside the my ride companion. The steed. I was settled in for the evening with an incredible view of the moonlit Tetons. The view kept me distracted a bit from the pain that I had been enduring that day/night. As I was taking in the Tetons I noticed dark clouds and lightening approaching from beyond the Tetons. I dug out the rain fly from my tent and covered up with that. Good thing, an hour later I was woken to the feel of raindrop bouncing off my face. I managed to drift off almost immediately. I was beat.
I woke to an amazing view of the Tetons being lit by the morning sunrise. Incredible. I got up and photographed the sight before the sun got too high. I will post photos when I have time and wifi again.
All my wet equipment was loaded on the bike and I was ready to hit it again. I decided to ride north to Yellowstone to do a ride through. I knew I did not have time or the gas to visit all the amazing aspect of Yellowstone. I decided to take one of the geysers sites by Yellowstone Lake. Amazing stuff. After spending about a half hour there I got back on the road. No more stopping for me in Yellowstone. I did manage to see two bison and a couple elk. No bears. Bummer.
It was time to hit the road and hit it hard. Not that I wasn’t before. I just was against the clock. It was early afternoon and I was only in Cody, Wy. Manyyyyy mile were ahead and I needed to be in Des Moines by 7:30 am Saturday the next morning.
Soooooo I rode and I rode and I rode. You get the point. The temps were quite hot. Those isolated rain showers I rode through were very welcome.
As the miles past, I was becoming quite aware of how much I was riding agains the clock. I was now in Spearfish, SD. It was around midnight. I had many miles to log in less and less time. Good thing I really hadn’t eaten anything that day, Friday, or the day before. Because of that, my lack of coloness did not having me stopping at gas station constantly to go the bathroom. Also, the fact that I was constantly dehydrated, did not make this near dead kidney/ureteric stent dude go potty all the time either. Unfortunately, that dehydrated situation really socks it to me with the side and back pain.
Anyway, enough of my whining.
So I tore through South Dakota and finally made it to Iowa. And some pretty wicked storms. Good times. I rode on.
I made it into Des Moines at 9am. Yup, I officially logged the longest day/night of the the 2012 and 2013 ride to date. Jackson, WY to Des Moines, IA. 1,190 miles in just under 24 hours. Yes, I rode my ass off. To say the least. I am starting the titanium butt club. None of that old-fangled iron butt club stuff for me.
It took me almost an hour to find the park where the GYRIG 5K was being held at. I rolled into the part just after 10 am. Late I was. I was a tad upset at myself. Oh well, I made it there. I quick changed my funky shirt and unloaded the camera and photo releases.
I located the national representative from Get Your Rear In Gear(GYRIG). She immediately started gathering colorectal cancer survivors for me. A great job she did. I managed to photograph 7 or 8 survivors. That was pretty good considering that I was late.
There was one thing left to do. Talk with and photograph David McCluskey, the local Des Moines GYRIG event organizer. David is also a colorectal cancer survivor and founder of David’s Fight. A colorectal cancer organization. Andddddd, he is also in the photo above with me and bike.
Okay, I will work on and add photos to this post when I have time and wifi. Keep checking back.
Also, the ride is in sputter mode. I have to figure out how to take care of some logistical issues. Many are financial. I will do what I can to remedy this situation. I am not sure when I will be adding posts and such to this website or to the Facebook ride page. I am in a bit of a stall. I apologize.
I am committed to making this ride work. For all the colorectal survivors out there, for my dad and all who, unfortunately, will be diagnosed with colorectal disease in the future.
PEOPLE PLEASE, IF YOU ARE HAVING GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES SEE A DOCTOR PRONTO. AND IF YOU ARE UNDER 50, MAKE SURE YOUR DOCTOR LISTENS TO YOU. YOU KNOW YOUR BODY, MAKE SURE YOUR DOCTOR DOES TOO. IF THAT DOCTOR DOES NOT PAY HEED TO YOU, FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR. ONE THAT RESPECTS YOU AND YOUR BODY.