Sleeping with Coyotes-Phoenix to Fountain Hills

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30 miles away.  About half of what we are going to be riding everyday on our journey.  That was the mileage we rode on our practice ride out to McDowell Mountain Regional Park last week.  We figured we should test out all gear before actually hitting the road in Maine and boy, was it helpful.  

Everyone can give you gear recommendations on what to bring on a cross country bike trip, but you never know what you actually need until you do a trip yourself.

We left my house around 4:00pm and headed west.  The looks we got from cars and people on the streets were hysterical!  We got everything from yells to honks, and for the most part, everyone kept their distance from us while we were riding.  

We arrived in Fountain Hills, about 20 miles into our trip and had our first grocery store visit.  Carbs carbs carbs -that’s what everyone tells us.  So that’s what we did.  We bought a big loaf of bread, pita chips, roast beef sandwich meat, bananas, cheese and 2 snickers.  It was getting close to sunset so we set off to finish the last 10 miles.

These last 10 miles were the hardest. It was hill after hill but at least we knew it was going to be smooth sailing the next morning.  We made it to Mcdowell Mountain Regional Park at dusk, and when we entered, the sign read, “TENT CAMPING- 5 Miles.” No way would we make it another 5 miles with the amount of daylight left. So we just decided to camp at the beginning of the park right next to a BMX track.

We set up camp, taking off all of our gear.  By the end, it was pitch black so we used our headlights for the first time.  Setting up camp went pretty smoothly. Then we headed into dinner.  We ate super quickly because we were starving.

Sleeping out in the middle of the desert was probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever camped.  We heard coyotes, owls and javelina all throughout the night.  

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In the morning we woke up with the sun and set off.  We made a quick stop to grab some food but soon after, sailed home.  

I’m so glad we were able to fit in one quick trip before embarking on our big trip.

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12 days Till We hit the East Coast

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Wow! It’s crazy to think that in less than two weeks, Jordan and I will be in Maine! We fly out on June 1st. We’re heading to Boston to see his mom graduate from her master’s program and then, on June 6th, we head out.

We’ve been buying all our last minute gear items this week and we also went on a nice easy 12 mile ride today in Phoenix.

 

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This Wednesday (May 18th), I biked from Tucson, AZ all the way to Chandler, AZ (a smaller city within Phoenix). I rode 100 miles and it took about 7 and a half hours, including a few breaks. It was tough but it gave me a great taste for what to expect during our ride. Luckily, we won’t be riding as far. We’re aiming for 60 miles per day during our trip. Check out a video I posted on our Instagram here.

If you can, help us reach our goal of $20,000 by donating to Outdoor Outreach here!

Stay tuned for future updates!

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Updates on the Bendable Road in the news

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We are only a month out of the start of our ride, and in the past couple months we couldn’t be more thankful for all the support.  People are intrigued by what we are doing and why we are doing it.  Every time we get the chance to speak about our journey, it triggers new ideas that will benefit our trip.  

Within the past 2 weeks Joe was interviewed for the Daily Wildcat, which then led to him being on the cover of the newspaper the next day.  The article received an immense amount of publicity and was even re-tweeted by the Pac-12 Network.

Jordan has also been interviewed by the Daily Aztec, which has led him to be interviewed on other student projects. We both can tell there is curiosity floating around our campuses because our trip is an unusual one.

Outdoor Outreach, the non-profit we are riding for, along with Bookmans Sports Exchange in Tucson, have also written pieces about our journey.  We are extremely thankful for all the support we have received so far and as the departure date gets closer and closer, our anticipation and drive to experience the unknown only grows.

Below are some of the articles that have been written about us, hope you enjoy!

 

The Daily Wildcat- http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2016/04/a-charity-bike-trek

The Daily Aztec- http://www.thedailyaztec.com/76325/news/sdsu-student-and-ua-student-to-undertake-cross-country-bike-ride-for-charity/

Bookmans Sports Exchange- http://bookmanssports.com/university-of-arizona-students-cycle-the-bendable-road/

Pac-12 Network Tweet- https://twitter.com/Pac12Network/status/723684083486830592
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