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Articles about the ride from South Carolina to California.

Where is Helen?

August 15 - Santa Cruz, California
August 15 - Santa Cruz, California

August 15 - Santa Cruz, CA

Total miles: 4233 (or something close to that)

Between the building and the biking, my personal journal is not as up-to-date as I had hoped. Now that the ride has ended, I might fill in details and pictures. The team kept a group blog with pictures. Find it at SC2SC 2015.

Link to my Route Details and Adoption Page

Thank you for your support as well as your prayers for a safe journey!

Santa Cruz

Helen on beach at Santa Cruz
Helen on beach at Santa Cruz

(by Beth)

The team made it safely to Santa Cruz. Thank you for your prayers and financial support. 

Officially they rode 4233 miles from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Cruz, California. They went through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and California. 

Utah

Rainbow
Rainbow

(by Beth)
The team has been experiencing Utah’s beauty and hospitality.

On Wednesday July 22, as they were cleaning up, they saw a rainbow.

On Thursday July 23, Helen decided to replace her helmet. A team member had worked some “donation magic”, so the team was thankful for klean kanteen bottles. 

Over Independence Pass

Helen and Ben at Independence Pass
Helen and Ben at Independence Pass

(by Beth)
July 14 was a lot of up as they rode over Independence Pass. The official elevation at the sign is 12,095 feet. This is the Continental Divide. Helen said it wasn’t as tough a ride as some of the earlier hills. Maybe she’s in better shape now.

The first photo shows Helen and Ben with the sign at the pass.

The second photo shows the road as it winds up to the pass. David and I were looking down and could shout encouragement to Helen and Ben who you might be able to see as little specks on the road at lower center. Yes, that is snow in the foreground.

Camping at Twin Lakes

Ben and Helen with Mount Princeton in background
Ben and Helen with Mount Princeton in background

(by Beth)
On July 13, SC2SC arrived at Twin Lakes in San Isabel National Forest. This was their first camping outside experience. They had been staying in churches, businesses, and community centers. David and I drove two hours to meet them.

The hosts in the small historic town of Twin Lakes were shuttling team members to their homes to get showers. So we decided to shuttle Helen and Ben to our hotel twenty miles away in Buena Vista for a shower. All the team members agreed that these were the best showers they had taken in weeks.

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