He Can Climb!!!

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Day 5 – June 16, 2018 Wolf Creek Summit 10,000+ elevation – Mile:1010 An amazing day on Wolf Creek Pass. Today we had Michael’s daughter Seren along, as navigator. Lucky her, today was a sight to see. Gorgeous surroundings and pure perseverance combine for an exhilarating day. This boy can climb. I cannot even fathom where he pulled this strength …

Monument Valley

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We had great improvement today! Cooler weather, a tailwind, a bit of extra rest, and of course, a big ol’ hot dog. All things combined for some positive progress. Michael continues to give every bit of himself out on the road. It’s an incredible site to see. Today, it was matched with the incredible sites of Monument Valley. Mile: 794.4 …

Hazards Ahead!

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A little bit of insight as to what goes on in a RAAM race. Below you will see text alerts sent out by race headquarters (HQ) receive to make sure we are Aware of hazards ahead. Take a look – you’ll see, it just adds to the ‘crazy factor’ of this event FR:RAAMHQ We have reports of dust devils going …

Heading to Durango

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Michael had a great ride from Montezuma to Cortez. TS14 complete!!  His strength continues to rebound from the desert zapping. The challenge ahead, the Colorado Rockies. Next stop Durango. Saturday, June 16 3:38am (MST) Mile 884  

Mexican Hat TS12

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Today he wears pink! Cooler weather, a good bit of rest,, a helpful tailwind, and of course, a big ol’ hot dog made for a better day today.  This race is incredibly hard. Michael gets out there and just gives it his all, everything he has is out there on the road. It’s an incredible sight to see. Today he was …

TS 10 – DONE!!!

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Caught up to Michael just past the Tuba City, AZ (TS10). He stopped for a brief butt break. “How you doing Michael?””Plodding along – doing the best I can”. He’s looking strong and refreshed. He mentioned he will have a radio interview this morning at 7:30 so be listening…Big Red in Eureka (Pictures coming soon)

And He’s Off Again…

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After a good two hour rest, Michael woke up looking refreshed and quite cheerful. Our hard deadline for Durango has been lifted, which gives a little, very little, breathing room. It’s time for Michael to embrace this gift and pedal hard and gain some ground that was lost in the heat of the desert. He looked ready and eager. Time …

Climbing Out of the Desert

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  Yay! Trees and clouds! Today Michael climbed out of the desert. The good news – with elevation came somewhat cooler weather. The bad news, those were some pretty significant climbs for an already exhausted body. Hank drove the mothership to the top of the hill so Michale could rest when he arrived. Uh-oh no  cell service. i The spy …

Time Station 8

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Made it to and through Camp Verde, AZ (TS8). The heat is still the thorn in our side. We did a quick scramble and another van door repair while Michael cooled off in the mothership – a quick ten minutes and back on the road. Michael does not want to stay out of the saddle for long. Everyone pray for …

Climbing Out of Camp Verde

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Finally, clouds and trees. Yeah! It’s cooling down – hard to believe we are calling 83 degrees cool. Michael’s making his way up to us. It’s a hot hard climb, hopefully the drop in temp will be a nice reward. Crew got the mothership waiting at the top of the hill but there’s no cell service for communication. So we …