Road Stories: Wonderful Memories

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Wonderful Memories!
 
I have so many wonderful cycling memories over the years but my fondest is from July 2018 when I had the honor of cycling part of the way across America with a group of twelve Eagle Scouts making the journey from Seattle, WA to Fredericksburg, VA (4000 miles in 2 months)! To support them, adults joined the trek along the way. My segment was a 900-mile mountainous leg from Yellowstone National Park to Sioux Falls, IA! On my very first day, cycling through Yellowstone, the scouts spotted a grizzly bear and stopped to watch along with hundreds of other tourists. We traversed the Bighorn Mountains, which included a 6-mile uphill segment and an, even scarier, 15-mile downhill! Our longest day was the 115 miles from Sheridan to Gillette in Wyoming. We were pelted by rain but greeted by a double rainbow at the end. We stopped at Mt. Rushmore and Badlands National Park, the Devils Tower National Monument, and saw a rodeo in Cody, WY. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is leave those scouts in good hands in Sioux Falls. I’m proud to say that all 12 of them made it the whole way! Their story was later featured in Boys' Life magazine!  
 
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