I want to thank every one of my donors for the incredibly generous contributions to my fundraising. I have now reached my fundraising goal of $4,500! The donations that you all have made mean so much to Texas 4000, myself, and the cancer fighting community. I plan to embody your spirit and generosity this summer on the ride in every way I can. I would lik to thank you each individually:
Our final team even before the ride has come and gone: Camp Texas 4000. A three day workshop of consecutive riding and meetings to cover all of the last minute details that we need to know.
Day 1: 60 mile ride to San Marcos and back. The winds were from the south, making the first leg slow, but dang, that tail wind really helps on the return trip! Earlier that day I taught 12 of my teams the basic of hooking up and driving a trailer. After a few curbs and near misses with street lamps and fire hydrants, everyone seemed a little more comfortable pulling a 16' trailer. Driving a trailer is no different than with most most things in Texas 4000, it will be a learning experience for us all.
Day 2: Another ride, this time 70 miles to Hamilton Pool and back. I rode with three other guys who also wanted to kick this ride's butt, so we pedaled hard and fast. Light winds and nice hill country scenery helped the time move quickly. Unfortunately for the rest of the team, the rains came before any other group was able to make it back to campus safely. We knew the thunderstorms were headed our way, but we weren't aware that they were coming so quickly, or that they were growing as large as they did. The four of us loaded up our vehicles and headed out to Bee Caves to rescue the rest of our team. Friday, 4pm, raining, rush hour traffic. The round trip commute took 4 hours! I was exhausted! I got home and napped for an hour before we had another meeting to attend that evening. And after that meeting I had to play a show with my band! What a day, I was pooped by the end of it!
Day 3: The rains continued pouring down on us! We were scheduled to have a 100 mile ride on the third day, but the rain wouldn't allow us to ride. Instead we moved night meetings to the daytime and proceeded. Talks about rider policies, conduct, what to expect, and everything else were held. I left wondering what more they could have covered, but I know that there is so much that we have yet to experience in the organization. In my mind, we are only half done with this journey. The previous year and a half have all been leading up to the next 70 days. My time in Texas 4000 is split up in to pre-ride days and ride days. Soon, very soon, we will cross the threshold and begin the next chapter of this journey.
The Final Countdown: Since Camp T4K, I have been filling my time with finalizing the Rockies travel logistics. Wrapping up a few loose ends with hosts, getting food donated, and answering endless emails. Along with Travel responsibilities I've been thinking about packing, but still have yet to touch my gear. I shall do that today! Clean the house. Do the dishes. This. That. Everything else. Luckily I don't have to move out of my house before the ride, making this much easier than they could have been.
These are the final hours. I've said my goodbye's to most people and I'm ready for this to begin. It's been over 500 days in the making, and now only a few remain. What's next? I don't exactly know, but I can't wait to find out.
The following are some fun shots of my Rockies teammates. I was testing a new 14mm lens and this is what I got!
Testing out the new GoPro camera.
Khoi and sunscreen.
Gilpreet and Cidy
Khoi and Sarah
Jonathan and his wisdom teeth-less frown.
Sergio and Jordan
Sergio and Gilpreet Ross Jordan Cindy, Kristina and Camille Camille Kristina Cindy