Keeping Accountable

Good morning everyone! It's still dark out and the house is quiet save for the gentle chirping of the crickets outside. It's my favorite part of the day, no one else is awake but me and it's times like this when I can really give my creative tendencies full reign and not have to worry about interruptions or distractions.     

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Danielle Rivenbark
Bringing You Up To Speed

Good morning everyone! It has been wayy too long since my last post, almost two months now. A lot has developed over this summer, and now that I have figured out a semi-coherent game plan for the next couple of months, I am eager to get started in pursuing my goals.

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Danielle Rivenbark
The Balancing Act

Another day goes by, and the weekend inches ever closer. As a working man I'm really starting to enjoy the concept those precious 48 hours of freedom where a man can use his time as he sees fit. As the summer continues to "heat up," we look beyond June to that special July day where the grills come out and families get together to watch fireworks light up the night sky. 

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Robert Wagner
Making the Effort

So I woke up this morning with a few sleepy birds calling outside my window and an overwhelming urge to bury my head back into my pillows and block out the world for another few hours. I was up last night a little later than normal, and only got about 5 or 6 hours of sleep. But the road calls out to me and I have to answer. I’ve been away for too long and after two days of resting and recuperation from the long weekend spent among good company, I am ready to dive back into the mix of things and continue forward with my training.      

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Danielle Rivenbark
The Choices We Make

It's early Monday morning and I just woke up after about a 12-hour stint in my bed. This weekend took a lot out of me, and although it was great to get to spend time with some close friends and meet some new ones, I have to say I threw in the towel for June 16th. In fact, I might as well have been in frozen carbonite like Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back, for all of the activity I was able to muster.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Time Management

My dad always likes to say that everyone has the same 24 hours as the guy next them. It doesn’t matter if you’re the President of the United States, or the 23-year-old college graduate who just landed his first job in the real world. From the time the sun rises to the time our heads hit the pillow, it is important to remember that we all have the same amount of time to get things done.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Every Journey Has an End... Or Does It?

So I'm sitting in my room back at home, watching the temperature climb outside as the summer morning begins to heat things up. Downstairs my mom is brewing coffee while my dad continues to try and fix our dishwasher, calling out to the world, "It's always something!" 

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Danielle Rivenbark
We Reach the Last Day... Amsterdam to Keane

The last day is tomorrow! It's the day that I thought would never come, the day that I have thought about over and over through the long hours spent on my stationary bike in my basement. Tomorrow we reach the Atlantic and finish our 3,400 mile journey across the United States. So many thoughts and emotions run through my mind as we pack up our clothes in the hotel room and sort out our bike equipment for the last time.

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Danielle Rivenbark
2 Days Left... Liverpool to Amsterdam

Hello all from Amsterdam, NY. Between leaving Liverpool and rolling into Amsterdam, you would think that Ralph and I hopped a plane and headed to Europe for a little cycling...maybe next year! Until then, we still have two days of cycling left, and it couldn't be coming up soon enough. Tomorrow will be the hardest day of our last leg, with 6,000 feet of climbing over the course of 123 miles. We have guys on the tour being held together with nothing more than sheer wheel and copious amounts of athletic tape. 

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Danielle Rivenbark
3 days left... Batavia to Liverpool

Greetings all from Liverpool NY! I saw a sign for Syracuse and my heart skipped a beat. Could I be that close to home? It seems like just yesterday I was on the other side of the country, dipping my rear wheel into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Day 29 - Dunkirk to Batavia

Greetings from Batavia New York! What an eventful day yesterday! Let me tell you that when you are facing down a 140 mile ride, the last thing you want is to take a wrong turn and add to those miles. But wouldn't you know it, we did exactly that.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Day 25 - Marysville to Wooster

We have reached our next destination in Ohio. Last night I was fortunate enough to get in touch with one of my long time friends High School. On a whim I contacted her, knowing that she lived in Ohio. Turns out she happened to be 15 minutes away from the motel we were staying at.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Day 23 - Tuscola to Lebanon

Hello everyone from Indiana! We crossed yet another state line today, and finally made it to into our very own East Coast time zone. After finishing our 120 mile ride, I took a glance at the map showing our progress so far. My jaw dropped.

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Danielle Rivenbark
Day 22 - Springfield to Tuscola

Hello everyone, it's great to be back in the saddle as Ralph and I continue our ride across the country. We enjoyed what might have been the easiest and most enjoyable day of our journey so far. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and even with the brisk temperature we made some great time getting to our next destination.  

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Danielle Rivenbark