We Made It!!

IT’S OVER!  We have crossed the finish line! It’s a huge accomplishment to say we, the RAAM rookies, finished and survived Race Across America, “The World’s Toughest Bike Race!”

Jake, the young boy we rode to support, was the real winner in all this.  I heard he has left the hospital and is recuperating at home.

Akron Children’s Hospital

I want to thank our supporters, volunteers, and the cheerleaders that followed us via SenseAware.  Thank you for your donations, e-mails, calls, prayers, texts, tweets and Facebook posts.  I have never been involved with something of this magnitude. There have been hundreds of hours given by dozens of volunteers to support a great cause. I want all of you to know how much of an impact this has had on me, my fellow racers, our crew, and of course, the kids at Akron Children’s Hospital.  You have made a difference. Please know that I/we appreciate you.

Signing off…

The route looks much shorter on paper! 


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Victory Post!

Crossing the finish line

We did it!

All photos in this post were taken by Brian Palmer


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Friday, June 22, 2012

The SenseAware(SM) application provides near real-time data about the team’s journey. Here is a snapshot of today’s statistics as the team rides on past Cincinnati, OH. 

 Location: Belpre, OH

   Temperature: 92.4º F

   Humidity: 56%

 Barometric Pressure: 989 mBar


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Kansas Dust Storm and More!

Kansas was tough. Riding through dust storms is not easy!

Our RV generator went out, so that means no power and worst of all, no air conditioning! We’re charging our all of our electronics (including our SenseAware devices) via the cigarette lighter outlet, and Kansas in the back of an RV at 111 degrees is definitely not the most fun.  It’s been a hard couple of days, but seeing the country and sharing this experience with you is worth it!

Kansas’ beautiful morning sky

More to come…


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Awesome sights

In the past week, we have traveled almost 2,000 miles and have witnessed some pretty incredible things!  Enjoy some of our journey pictures below.

Sunset in Arizona

Riding uphill in the Rockies

The hot sun beaming down on us

More to come…

All photos in this post were taken by Brian Palmer.


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The SenseAware(SM) application provides near real-time data about the team’s journey. Here is a snapshot of today’s statistics as the team rides through Bluff City, Missouri. 

 Location: Bluff City, MO

   Temperature: 91.4º F

   Humidity: 42%

 Barometric Pressure: 993 mBar


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The SenseAware(SM) application provides near real-time data about the team’s journey. Here is a snapshot of today’s statistics as the team rides through El Dorado Springs, Missouri. 

 Location: El Dorado Springs, MO

   Temperature: 90.0º F

   Humidity: 53%

 Barometric Pressure: 980 mBar


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Jake update

I received a quick update from my dear friend and father of Jake, the young boy who had the ten hour surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. I’m pleased to announce that he is doing well and making remarkable progress. Keep them in your thoughts!

Our goal is to get to Annapolis before Jake gets to go home. Friday, June 22 is the forecasted date for Jake’s departure, and I know it’s a heck of a stretch for us to make the entire 3,000 mile journey in such a tight timeframe, but we’re motivated.  Cheer us on!


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The SenseAware(SM) application provides near real-time data about the team’s journey. Here is a snapshot of today’s statistics as the team rides through Bartlett, Kansas.

 Location: Highway 160, Bartlett, Kansas

   Temperature: 91.6º F

   Humidity: 16%

 Barometric Pressure: 872 mBar


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Friends and Family witness journey struggles via SenseAware…

Our closest friends and family members are tracking our near-real time progress using SenseAware.  So, they’ve witnessed firsthand some of the obstacles we’ve experienced thus far, like riding in extreme heat and getting hammered in the Rockies!

Sleep has been a challenge as well. Since I left on Saturday, I have had two hours of un-interrupted rest. There was a slight miscommunication with our RV and we were forced to do back-to-back pulls with no rest and no change of clothes. Talk about a disaster!  But our spirits are high and we’re racing with all of our might!

More to come…


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