Day 1 – June 18, 2001
UT to Salt Lake City, UT
13.97 average speed
41.00 rest time
3:33.39 total time
up in our own beds the last time for about six weeks.
None of us is very upset about that since the smell of bikes,
grease, tires, and the five of us had accumulated and grown to be
noon, the camera crew from KUTV Channel 2 arrived as promised and
we all lined up outside on the street with our laden bikes, our
bodies clad in lycra and our newly shorn skulls shining like new
dimes. Dan gave a stellar
interview, two and a half seconds of which aired, and we rode off,
joined by Andrew’s father, Fred, at around twelve-thirty in front
of a trailing KUTV van.
friends gathered to see our departure, the most notable of whom
was Jamie Gibson. She, sadly, has the disease EB. Before we left, however, she gave
us all bead necklaces she had made for good luck, a gift that was
especially significant, coming from someone whose optimism and love
inspires our dedication to this cause.
ride itself was, luckily, uneventful (Thanks Jamie!).
We had a pretty nagging head wind over the Point of the Mountain,
which made the climb a bit steeper, but manageable nevertheless.
State Street needs some rather immediate repair of the damage
it undoubtedly received from being the detour of choice of those
repairing Interstate 15. That
slightly ironic circumstance will prompt us to use an alternate
route tomorrow. As interesting as that is to all our readers,
we will move on to saying that we arrived safely and happily to
Rocky’s Grandmother’s house, where we will stay the night.
like to take a moment to thank all those who helped us get on our
way. We won’t name you,
but you know who you are and we know who you are. We are better
because of you and that is enough.