Hello from Boulder, Colorado! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, because there’s been so much going on over the last two weeks. Please pardon the delay, and prepare for a flurry of highlights!
Century rides are awesome: By now our group has completed two 100+ mile days, which have actually been two of my favorite days. It’s really cool to see how much stronger everyone on our team has gotten since we first dipped our wheels. Even though the centuries are really long days, it’s a awesome challenge and a really great feeling to finish.
Kansas is not nearly as flat as people say: Kansas was such a pleasant surprise! We’d heard stories about horrible headwinds and nothingness for miles, but I think it was a favorite state for a lot of us (so far!). All of our hosts were incredibly gracious and towns like Lawrence and Manhattan were a lot of fun to explore.
Milestones: In the past two weeks, we’ve hit our official halfway point, our 200-mile mark, crossed two state lines, and a new time zone. We take a lot of joy in celebrating and documenting these accomplishments!
Sunrises, sunsets, and stars: We’ve switched our wake-up time to 4am, so we’ve been getting to see lots of awesome sunrises. This morning some of us got up early to hike Royal Arch at the Flatirons, and even though it was pretty cloudy and a very steep hike before our build day, it was so worth it. Kansas and Colorado have also given us some of the best sunsets so far, especially when paired with distant thunderstorms. We’ve only had one night so far with sleeping under the stars, but we have several camping days in the coming weeks and I’m looking forward to more awesome night skies.
Build days: Since my last post, we’ve had five more build days. We had the privilege of working with Habitat for Humanity chapters in Kansas City, Manhattan, and here in Boulder, doing everything from installing roof trusses to building lemonade stands to preparing prefabricated storage sheds. We also had a chance to visit Grid Alternatives in Denver, a non-profit that is working to provide solar power to low-income residents and build a more inclusive clean energy economy. Finally, we got to tour a Mercy Housing project in Denver, and learn about the great work that organization is doing across the country.
the Rockies: We’ve arrived at the foothills of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, and tomorrow we climb to Estes Park. From there we’ll get to ride on the highest paved road in the US, Trail Ridge Road, with a highest elevation over 12,000 feet. The altitude is definitely getting to a lot of us, and the next few days will have some unique challenges, but we’re getting psyched for some incredible views and awesome memories.
Send some love, prayers, and good vibes for the next few days – we’ll need them!