Longtime volunteer, breast cancer survivor and general superstar Penny Noble is riding her bike across the U.S. this summer to raise money for BCF. She sent me her latest ride report from Burley, Idaho:
"So far I have ridden 11 days and 761 miles and climbed about 30,000 feet. We started in Astoria and made it through the Cascades with one 117-mile day and lots of climbing--but not as steep as we have in the Bay Area, so I was pleasantly surprised, even though some of the uphills were 10 or 12 miles long. My body is holding up well but my knees have started to hurt a little.
"Had a chance to see my sister, my niece and great-niece on our day off in Boise and my sister, Cathy, had a chance to meet some of the other riders who are from 24 states and the average age is 57. I am the oldest woman!
"We have 75 riders so it is hard still to remember everybody's name, but I am getting better! I am also learning to eat at buffets since it is hard to feed 75 people any other way. We eat a lot!
"Oregon was beautiful and not too hot. I am worried about riding in the heat, but so far it was only one day of 95 degrees toward the end of the day and I did fine!
"I am really honored that so many people have supported my ride and the Breast Cancer Fund and Debbie's Dream--thank you so much. It really means a lot to me to be riding for such good causes and know that you are helping me! Tomorrow we ride 110 miles and we leave at 6:30 to beat part of the heat, so I am signing off now to go to sleep. Next time I hope to include some pictures!
Till next time,
Read daily reports for the whole team at http://www.bamacyclist.com/Journal2007/North07/07north.htm. Go Penny! We're rooting for you!