Map Data

Here is some of the map data Mr. Garmin tracked while on our adventure.  There is about 500+ miles that did not get saved due to a malfunction of the GPS unit. Grrrrr!!!

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Thanks again to all you followers!!  Things are starting get back to normal.  Don’t be surprised if “posts” pop up at a later date.  

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THANK YOU ALL!!!

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The departure. May 30th, 2013 6:45 AM  Colorado Springs CO

After 1822 miles, the journey is over, but not the cause.  I want to thank everyone who donated, supported us, followed the blog during this amazing journey, and to Jared Gibson for making his “spirit quest” with me.  Thanks to my secretary, my wife Renee Hyde, for keeping the blog updated each night.  To say it was amazing is an understatement.  This has been one of the most incredible experiences in my life.  We met many great people along this ride.  I regained some faith in humanity.  So many random people along our route offered many different things to us.  There were free dinners, free lunches and even free supplies at a local pharmacy.  This was a fork in the road for me and my future.  The next chapter is about to begin and the ending is far from written.  Wish me luck. 🙂   It was weird to think how everyone else’s lives went on for the month we were riding, and ours seemed to stand still.

Some stats:

Days on the road:    31
Days Riding:  26
Stays: 3 hotels (rest days), a firehall, a church, a bike hostel, F.O.E (Fraternal Order of Eagles) cabin, Danny and Jill Wilson’s, John and Kelly MacAdam’s, Rich and Kathy Downey’s, Mark and Milly Williams’ (our hosts at the end) and many nights in the tent.
Snickers Bars:  LOTS
Gatorade:  GALLONS
Didn’t hit rain until:   1,121 miles.
Wrong turns:  Only ONE! Yeaaa!
Longest mileage day:    130 miles
Shortest:    32 miles!!  Thanks Kansas winds!!!!!
Centuries (100+mile days): 3    130, 115, and 106
Hottest Temp read on bike computer:  108 degrees
Coolest:??  Yeah right!!
Hottest State:  Missouri
Most Humid:  Missouri
Worst roads:  Missouri  (No berms or shoulders)
Most climbing: Missouri
Windiest:  DAAHH  Kansas!!!!
Best scenery: Missouri
Worst scenery: Eastern CO and Western KS
Worst weather: OH and PA
Best weather: CO and KS (except the wind)
Most road kill: Missouri
Stinkiest: Kentucky
Turtles rescued: 24
Came across one poisonous snake: Copperhead
ONE flat!
ONE broken spoke
NO OTHER MECHANICAL ISSUES!!
Most memorable:  THE ENTIRE TRIP!!!  A time in my life I will never forget!
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Arrival!!!!!! June 29th, 2013 12:30pm Edinboro PA
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Day 31: The Journey is Complete…1822 miles!

Not only did Eric and Jared cross the finish line today, they also reached their ultimate goal.  As of a few minutes ago, they have raised $4,290 for ALS!  The original goal set in early 2013 was for $2,000, and at the time seemed like a lofty goal!  Thank you to all of those who have supported us in this journey.  Many of you cheered the guys on via Facebook, many spread the word about ALS through discussions about the ride, and many made financial donations. None of this would have been possible without the support of friends and family.  Thank you so much!

The guys were up early this morning, an a bit excited I think!  They didn’t even wait for their things to dry.  They packed up and hit the road.  Before too long, they crossed the last state line, Welcome to Pennsylvania!!

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Meanwhile, about 40 friends and family had congregated outside The Hotel Bar, anxiously awaiting their arrival.

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Eric and Jared were well ahead of schedule, so they had to stall a bit!  They had a long breakfast break in Albion, PA, and chilled out in the shade of the I79 overpass in Edinboro.  Once in town, Eric and Jared met up with Officer Jerry Lawrence of the Edinboro Police Department.  He was their escort into town!

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There were lots of hugs and congratulations!

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And then for the biggest surprise…Eric’s mom, Dee, flew in from Idaho for their arrival.  And she had quite an arrival, she got a ride in the police car!

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Dee brought the guys their very own turtles to remember the journey!

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Here are some snapshots of our friends and family that celebrated the arrival with us:

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Eric and Jared even got a free drink from Jilly Bean in Colorado!!

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The final destination!

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Stay tuned for the final recap in a few days!

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Today’s the Day!

Eric and Jared will be arriving in Edinboro, PA today at 12:30!  Hope to see you there!

This morning’s local paper, the Erie Daily Times, ran an article on their journey.  Click the link below to go to goerie.com to read it!

http://www.goerie.com/pedal-pushers-cyclists-to-finish-1900mile-trek-in-edinboro

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Day 29: Last Night in a Tent!

After a slow start, there was a big climb with a reward at the end: breakfast!  A local restaurant, JC’s, had an amazing menu and even better prices!

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Shortly after breakfast, Eric and Jared approached the first closed road for the day.  They have had such good luck with being able to get across, they decided to go for it.  But, there was no way this time!

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There wasn’t a clear detour, so the guys had to figure out their own way around.  It ended up being a pretty cool route.  They got to ride across their second covered bridge!

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Back on the main route, Eric and Jared went through Amish country!  There are no pictures out of respect for the Amish.  It must have been laundry day, all of the houses had clothes on the clothes lines.  They also saw two kids in a miniature carriage, being pulled by a miniature horse! You can just picture it!

Did we take a wrong turn?!  Skier?

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Now that’s a Dew!

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Part of the route took them on a paved bike path.  About 4 miles along the route, the bike path was closed!  There was a detour for them this time, however, it was a 7 1/2 mile detour because the detour had a detour!  And to make it even worse, it poured while they were on the detour!

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A sign on the route today about the Underground Railroad.

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When they finally got back on the original bike path, they only had 10 more miles before they got to the last campground of the trip!  After setting up camp and getting showers, friends of ours picked Eric and Jared up and took them to Applebee’s!

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Bill, Jared, Chris and Gary

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The JERIC Scale was a good one, A-, 9!  They rode 52.8 miles, bringing the total to 1,785!  Eric set his alarm so they can get an earlier start tomorrow.  Their destination: THE FINISH LINE!!  The time has been pinpointed to around 12:30.  See all of you tomorrow at the Hotel Bar in Edinboro!

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I am here in Edinboro, patiently awaiting Eric and Jared’s arrival!  I went for a walk with my friend Milly tonight and rescued my very own turtle!

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Day 29: Getting Close!

Eric and Jared got an earlier start today than they did yesterday, nothing needed time to dry out!  John took some pictures before they hit the road!

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The first covered bridge they came upon was on Day 29!  Pretty cool!  This helped the JERIC Scale boost to an A, 9!

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The 61.34 mile ride today was quite laid back and pretty fun!  There were a couple more roads that were closed, but Eric and Jared just found a way to cross and kept going!

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In Peninsula, OH the guys didn’t expect to find a great bike shop!  They met Derrick, Kevin, Jackie, and Taylor.  Thanks for promoting the ride on your blog!

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After they left Peninsula, they had to make their own route.  They ended up on their first dirt road, and it was a rough one!

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Tonight’s camp is in Burton, OH.  It looked like it might rain, so the rain fly is on tight!

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Tomorrow’s destination is Ashtabula, OH, the last overnight on the road!  The guys will be rolling into Edinboro between Noon and 1 on Saturday!  Please come down to the Hotel Bar and help welcome them to the finish line!

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Day 28: Big Storms and a Closed Road

Even with huge thunderstorms over night and a closed road on the route, Eric and Jared rated today a B-, 8 on the JERIC Scale!  The massive storms that moved through the area after midnight drenched everything, except what was in the tent!  Eric was pretty sure that when they got out of the tent in the morning that they would see the place where lightning struck, it was that close!

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When they got up this morning, they laid everything out to dry before they started packing.  When they took the tent off of the ground cloth, they realized they were sleeping on a literal waterbed last night!

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They didn’t hit the road until about 11 this morning.  The first 20 miles had a lot of “good climbing,” meaning lots of hills!  After a while they came upon this road closed sign!

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After checking the map, they found that the alternate route was a long way around.  It couldn’t be that bad, could it?

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Eric and Jared’s feet and bike tires got a little muddy, but they got across quickly!  The road crew guys were pretty cool!

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Eric and Jared arrived in Medina, OH and were able to meet up with good friends of Eric’s.  John and Kelly took them out to dinner and are also going to put the guys up for the night.  It sounds like it’s going to be another stormy night, so they are very thankful to be sleeping in a house!

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John, Kelly, Sarah, Eric and Jared at Lagerhead’s Smokehouse and Brewery

During dinner, Eric was able to share the story of their ride with their waitress, Courtney.  She supported their efforts with a generous donation to the cause!  Thank you Courtney!

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Because of the crazy muddy creek crossing, Eric and Jared rode the planned 61 miles to Medina today.  Tomorrow’s destination is Burton, OH.  Arrival in Edinboro is estimated to be on Saturday, June 29th!  Those of you in the area, please come to the Hotel Bar to cheer Eric and Jared on for their last few pedal strokes!  We will post the closest approximate time that we can as it gets closer!

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Eric’s mom, Dee Burgett, wrote an article for her local paper about the CO2PA4ALS ride.  I just got the electronic version and wanted to share it with our followers!  It’s a fantastic article Dee!  Thanks for writing it!

“The following story is one that brings awareness to a fatal illness called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  
My husband Matt Burgett was a Vietnam Veteran and was diagnosed with ALS in October 2007.  As the illness progressed into the final stages and his care became 24/7 our children, Christa, Eric, and Peter, came to his side and mine to help care for him for several weeks.   During his care giving, our son Eric made a promise to Matt (who was his step-father) that he would try to make a difference and bring awareness to this horrific disease.  Eric chose to bicycle cross country from his home town of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Edinboro, Pennsylvania where Matt was a police officer for 25 years, to raise awareness for the ALS Chapter here in Idaho. Eric has been cycling for twenty plus years and is currently in good health. In doing his research on ALS Eric found out that there are many people bringing awareness to ALS by cycling through the U.S.   Accompanied by his friend and cycling companion Jared Gibson their journey  began on May 30th 2013 and is taking them through several states Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and the final destination, Pennsylvania. Their estimated time is 3 to 4 weeks and miles estimated at 1,700, they logged 115 miles on day one.  The first one-third of their trip will be on the highway then they will transfer to Trans American Trails. When they call it a day they will be camping in a local park or a KOA and every 4 or 5 days they will stay at a local hotel to get refreshed for the next day’s ride.  They have met several people along the way, told their story and were given donations. I am so very PROUD of these boys and I pray everyday for their safety along the highways.  You can follow their journey on Eric’s blog at co2pa4ALS.wordpress.com, if you would like to help the ALS Chapter here in Idaho there is a donation link to donate in Matt’s name. Eric and Jared are pictured here with their loaded up bicycles, our son Eric is on the left with his 85 lbs of gear. Matt is pictured with his horse Rhet. Just a small addition to this story, in 2002 Eric donated one of his kidneys to his brother Peter, both are doing well.
ALS is a progressive disease of the central nervous system which causes the gradual degeneration of nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement.  There is no known cure foe ALS, which affects more than 30,000 people in the United States.  Approximately 5,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.  Matt passed away this past September from ALS, he was a loving, caring and generous person, I love him and miss him so…. 
Please remember to pray for our veterans past and present for their dedicated and continued service to our United States of America.”
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