Ride Across Alabama
On July 4th, 2014 I road 181.11 miles across Alabama from Georgia to Mississippi along the same route as Eric Schotz, Jon Elmore and I ran in 2009 to honor Elliott Schotz, who was suffering from Tay Sachs. 5 years. Starting in the dark at 5:00am from near Mentone, Alabama there was 16,624' of elevation change on the east to west route that finished in Red Bay, Alabama. I averaged 19.4 miles per hour for a total ride of 9 hours 20 minutes and 25 seconds. Finishing at 2:50:10pm I spent less than 30 minutes off the saddle all day and averaged 18.41 mph including rest stops. Rachel Cochran was my crew for the day, providing tremendous support, especially late in the day when I was starting to fall apart in the mid-day heat. I just hope that my efforts are a difference maker, even to a single person.
Full details of the ride can be found here.
Setting the FKT on "The Greenstone"
On July 10, Eric Charette set the fastest known time for the 40.4 mile Greenstone Ridge Trail on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, running unsupported from Washington Creek Trail to Hidden Lake Trail in a time of 8 hours, 47 minutes and 36.90 seconds. His report can be found online here.