June 30, 2014

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things

I think that Brian, Justin, and Ryan would be the first to tell you that they are ‘just normal guys’. Knowing them personally, I can attest that they are nothing special! The only thing that makes them abnormal is that they act on their convictions. In October of last year (2013), Justin and I had the…

June 25, 2014

A big thank you to everyone!

What started off as a pipe dream last summer ended after 15 days on the road, 1,205 miles, and over $93,000 raised to provide safe water and sanitation resources for 2,350 people in Lira, Uganda. It is unbelievable how this journey turned out, and we are so grateful to everyone who made it a success!…

June 16, 2014

Day 15: 1,207 miles comes to an end

How do you put 1,207 miles of blood, sweat, flat tires, and tears into words?

June 13, 2014

Day 14: More dogs. And Notre Dame!

It’s surreal to think that Day 14 means that we’re almost done with this ride, but it’s true. We began the second-to-last day of our trip with a wonderful breakfast, a detour caused by a road closure, MORE dog chases (what is up with dogs and bikes??), and strong headwinds. However, that rough start was not…

June 12, 2014

Day 13: Dead ends and rain

We began the morning of Day 13 with a lovely breakfast at Justin’s family’s lake house. After spending some quality time with his dad (we consider it a pre-game for Father’s Day), we had a really great devotional, which set us up for what would prove to be a slightly difficult morning. This was primarily…

June 11, 2014

Day 12: You can’t bike over water

What did we learn on Day 12? Well, for starters, we learned that it is illegal for bikes to traverse bridges over water [insert Simon and Garfunkle pun here]. After enjoying a lovely breakfast in Bay Village and encountering even more people who were interested in the ride, we came to the realization that we would…

June 10, 2014

It Goes Beyond Just Water

Leading up to this ride and during this ride, we have casually mentioned the word “WASH” throughout. But we’ve probably never completely explained what WASH is or why it’s important. So, here goes: WASH is the industry-standard acronym for water access, sanitation, and hygiene, WASH, is not an easy concept to work with for designers, marketers,…

June 09, 2014

Day 10: Good company makes the day better

On Day 10, what could have been a painful trek (we had heavy rain for almost the entire day) was made much better by the presence of good company. Yesterday, we had the chance to ride our 75 mile ride with our close friend, Ken Visocky O’Grady. With a fresh pair of cycling legs, Ken…

June 08, 2014

Day 9: To O-H-I-O

We never thought we’d see the end of New York (did we really just spend about 7 days in that state?) but we finally made our way into new territories.  Day 9 saw us make a quick entrance/exit into Pennsylvania (sorry, Pennsylvania) and usher in a new state, Ohio. We won’t say that we were…

June 06, 2014

Day 8: More lovely people…and more dogs.

As Day 8’s go, our Day 8 was pretty great.