For those who aren't familiar, the Ride From Reno was started by my dear friend, Jeff Warren, 13 years ago when he finished his cancer treatment. He had head and neck, stage IV cancer, and did more courses of chemo than I care to mention. He wanted to do something to celebrate beating the odds, so being an avid cyclist he decided to ride from his home town of Reno, NV to the steps of Huntsman Cancer Institute/Hospital where he did his treatment. Since then it's grown, and in 2010 Huntsman Cancer Foundation put their support behind it and we've grown it to a healthy fundraiser- raising $300K this year, with over 400 riders registered across all distances of the Huntsman 140, the event on the last day of the Ride From Reno (140 is the distance from Delta, UT where we take a rest day to Huntsman). This is my third time riding the RFR, and 8th time riding from Delta to Huntsman.
Mom and I drove to Reno last night. Stopped in Wendover for buffet lunch like we do, 'cuz her cousin Gene is the head chef at the Peppermill, so we get a good meal and get to visit with him. Lisa and the girls came along, 'cuz they like to do that, and since it was Father's Day we all wanted to be together.
Made good time to Reno, got checked in, set up and caught some ZZZs. Up early to get ready and drive to the arch. 11 of us today- one who'll swap out tomorrow with one who ode separately due to a family commitment. Riding were:
Jeff, Brian, Jason, Darcie, Dan, Jon, Rich, Scotty, Larry, Rob and me. Tomorrow Rob won't be with us and we'll be joined by Joe.