Pledge your support for Mike as he bikes 457 miles to raise scholarship funds for youth to enroll in EUREKA! STEAM camps!
Mike Perry, a EUREKA! trip leader and Grand Junction community staple, is biking across Nebraska this June to support science education on the Western Slope! Never a biking enthusiast, Mike was inspired in 1999 when he read about a couple living in Oregon who rode their bikes across the country and had just completed their journey in Astoria, OR. He dusted off his first generation Trek mountain bike, half-converted it to a road bike, and began his own cross-country ride at Fort Stephens, OR.
Life and new jobs have interrupted his rides, but he continued through Oregon, southern Idaho, northern Utah, and across Wyoming to Kremmling, Colorado. Now, a few years later, he is motivated to support EUREKA! and kids in western Colorado, by continuing his journey across Nebraska.
Allyson has been putting in some miles this past week! Mike laments his ride today was "a mere" 30.1 miles.
Today's Memorial Day ride was Fruita to Las Colonias and back (what should I call this new route?), 35 miles along the riverfront trail. Beautiful day with no wind and clear skies, and great scenery along the way. My companion riders today were Grant Shawcroft and Jim Emerson (pictured), two veteran riders that practice extreme social distancing when I tag along. They're patient with me, though!
Since returning from Montana I've resumed my training routine which consists of several (self-named) routes: Mack N Back (27 miles), Fruit Loop (26 miles), Gasplant (30 miles), Highline (25 miles), and the Bike Path Riverfront Trail (25 miles).
On today's ride, a good friend and fellow bike pal Grant Shawcroft joined me on the Fruit Loop ride along the Fruita Riverfront trail to Loma, across the freeway to 13 Road, 12 Road to Highline Lake, then back home. A perfect riding - no wind!!
We are currently in Great Falls, Montana to visit our daughter who recently had foot surgery. Not to miss an opportunity to ride and train for Nebraska, I brought my bike and have been riding along several of the great trails along the Missouri River. Historically this is on the same path the Lewis and Clark Expedition took on their epic journey to the Pacific. It was at Great Falls where they had to portage their boats around more than 5 waterfalls to reach flat water. A great ride, beautiful scenery, and great history to remind me of the incredible sacrifice made by our first pioneers.
I'm so excited to announce I"ll be riding with my daughter, Allyson. We have three married children, Allyson (lives in Vernal, UT), Justin (lives in Ouray, CO), and Adrienne (lives in Great Falls, MT). I do something different and memorable with each of them. At one time we were all climbing partners on many of the Colorado 14ers. Justin is the hunter and fly fishing guru who I share a lot of outdoor adventures with. Ironically, our youngest daughter Adrienne is the real biker, but with recent surgery she has to remain off any biking for a few months. She and I have ridden from Seattle to Portland several times and Seattle to Vancouver BC once. Allyson, who is an avid runner, does half and full marathons. I don't do either but she is getting into biking and wouldn't miss a chance for a new challenge in Nebraska! She is a great pal and companion for this adventure.