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15.6.10

We're Gonna Get This Done!

I heard the blog had 600 hits yesterday! Your support and cheers mean so much to the team and crew and we appreciate all the messages - they help keep us going strong. One of the highlights of the race is we went through Durango, CO, which was a critical point because we had to make it by a certain time in order to stay in the race. We made it with 6 hours to spare - a huge boost for the team! Mike and Sean conquered a huge 10,800 foot climb - the highest point of the trip. John and I finished a 3,000 foot climb. Exciting!

The crew is just awesome! Every single person is doing whatever it takes to make life doable for us so we can focus on the ride. On average we take 4 hour shifts in teams of two, with 30 minute rotations. After riding we get in the RV, eat and drink, and then sleep for 2 1/2 hours. The crew wakes us up 1/2 hour before our next shift to get us ready. Two follow vehicles constantly communicate with one another where we are and changes to the schedule rotation. It's amazing and cool to go to sleep for a couple of hours and then wake up and see we're 60-80 miles further than before. We never stop moving more than 10 minutes.

RV Life is real close corridors. Nine people are in the RV all at once. The generator went out for more than a day so we did not have air conditioning, lights or electricity to charge our cell phones. We'll be in Kansas tomorrow which will be hot and humid so we're glad the air conditioner is now working and the RV is fixed. The weather is great and I sleep with no blanket.

We are now in Trinidad, CO. We have a hotel room and are rotating taking showers. We get to sleep in an actual bed for a couple of hours.

As many of you heard, Sean had a minor injury to his eye and our gofer vehicle with Felicia and Mary Caruso took him to the ER. The team never stopped riding... and Sean came back just hours later to ride. This is a huge example of NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, WE'RE GONNA GET THIS DONE! ~ Kyle Bryant

10 comments:

Karen said...

We have no doubt that you will get it done! We are loving the posts, the pics and the GPS. Who knew being a virtual spectator could be so much fun. Stay safe.

Donovan said...

I get up in the morning and check the site, before lunch I check the site, and before I go to be I check the site. To see the progress and determination give us hope, one pedal stroke at a time. hang in there and know your in our prayers and thoughts.

Julia Leroux said...

Sure makes the FARA ride look easy, you guys rock and know we are all behind you cheering you on! The Sean Mazeres friends and family...

Sue K. said...

You guys are totally awesome! Aaron and I will be with you in spirit from Northern Colorado, (Loveland). Wish we could see you in route, but alas, we can't make the trip. Hang in there ... sending you some good Colorado Karma!

Edie said...

Downhills AND a shower?! Life is good.

You guys are the best. Thanks for the photos!

Socal2va said...

I read your blog all the time. What an incredible adventure! You guys are the true Ironmen! Can you say, "Lance who?" Safe journey.

Claudia's Ride Ataxia blog said...

You all are amazing...riders and support crew alike! Thank you so much for putting all of your bodies, hearts and minds into this! Our love and support is with you.
Claudia, Sophia and Cornelia, Eric and Mark

Joolz said...

Wow...I am so proud of you guys...I have my six year old boy keeping track of your journey right along with me....we went for a ride last night and he said someday he wants to do RAAM for FA too. He doesn't yet understand the willpower that you guys have, but I do believe that he will grow up to be just as determined and following your journey is a great inspiration for him and for me! Never met any one of you but have deep love and respect just the same!! Wish we could be there...but the virtual aspect is the next best thing. : ) Go TEAM FARA!! Julie and Jakey in Michigan.

Joolz said...

And thanks to Mary for posting on behalf of Kyle! You're the best!

Amanda said...

Thank you ALL so much for posting so often!!! We are in awe of your determination, strength, and unity. It's like we're there with you - and we are with every turn of the crank. We send you love and positive energy to keep pushing through - CAN YOU FEEL IT?!?!?! ;-)