Well, it's been quite a while since the last blog, and there is just SO MUCH catching-up to do! So why don't we just start way back in May, shall we?
Our lease in Liberty, UT was up, and everyone went their own way for the summer (sort of). Winchell headed back home to Minnesota to lead a canoe trip on the Coppermine River in northern Canada, a route that runs from the Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean. It included near constant haze from raging wildfires, hardly any rain, days with nothing but whitewater, days with nothing but portaging, canyons, eskers, and bottle kids (Trailer Park Boys reference). By all accounts, it was a successful trip, and an opportunity to work with an amazing group of kids.
And then there were the boys who stayed out in Utah. Dan, John, Adam and Jarrad decided to stay and work at Second Nature while living out of their cars and at the hospitality of friends. Luckily, we are blessed with working models of the former and an abundance of the latter, so the summer out West was, as they say, quite a hoot. It included river rafting (Payette River in southern Idaho, Westwater in central Utah, and the Snake River in Wyoming), climbing in Utah, Colorado, and California, and countless rounds of golf in the Salt Lake City area. Okay, AND some chicken wings over a couple EPIC brews.
Let's also not forget about the newest member of the team, Luke Kimmes. The man biked from Vermont back to his home state of Iowa this past spring, and then decided that wasn't enough, and did RAGBRAI in the summer as well, another 470 miles to go on top the 1,200 already peddled. We think he's gonna fit in just fine...
Overall, it has been an awesome summer, but now the real work begins. Jarrad and Luke are back in Iowa, spending time with family. Pretty much the same for Winchell and Adam, who are both back in Minnesota. John and Dan are continuing to work out West until later in the Fall, and likely won't be back in Minnesota until late October.
More from the RAGBRAI circuit
But, again, we're hard at work, fundraising, collaborating with sponsors, and chipping away at all the tedious tasks before now and January. We've gotten a lot of emails from folks inquiring about more details on the route, ways to help out, etc. All we can say is, keep them coming! We love hearing from everyone!
Fundraising attempt in Duchesne, UT
Not much better from the westbound side...
Look for some upcoming blogs showcasing equipment from our sponsors!