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  1. Jeff
    Jeff October 29, 2012 at 8:22 am | | Reply

    Poor, maligned puppy. I think that coyote might be your spirit animal, sent out to give you a little bit of extra encouragement.

    You, my friend, might not have punched Death Valley in the face, but you still should be really proud of yourself! That’s quite an accomplishment. I keep thinking about how it would have been impossible to do this ride–or any distance over 40 miles there–myself without carrying multiple gallons of water on my bike (literally!) and it makes me very satisfied with the accomplishment. It’s the hardest thing I’ve done on a bike in many, many years. Your 70 miles is nothing to feel bad about.

    With that said, I love your plan!

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson October 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm | | Reply

    Ditto what Mr. Mather said – you should be really (REALLY) proud of yourself. 70 miles in the desert might have been like 3000 miles anywhere else.

    And now you’ve got us all amped up to come ride with you in Nashville…

    I was a little creeped out by that coyote following you… like he wanted to snack on you or something! Aaah!

  3. PrincessLadyBug
    PrincessLadyBug October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm | | Reply

    Failed? Are you crazy?! You made the commitment to be there & then you showed up even though where you wanted to be the most was with your family. That right there is a HUGE win. Then you got on that bike & rode for 70 miles. 70 freaking, dry, hot, coyote-filled miles. I am so in awe of you that it STILL brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. No way is that a fail, baby girl. No way in H E Double Hockey Sticks. You are a ROCK STAR!!!

    I’m serious I couldn’t be more prouder of you if you belong to me. I’ve told everyone about how cool you are & how awesome your ride was. My co-worker said he went through a case of water just driving through Death Valley & he had the a/c on. Plus it was only February. He thinks you’re Wonder Woman and I agree. :)

  4. Ross
    Ross October 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    I echo all the previous comments…you should be extremely proud. I was so excited to see you at Mormon Point, proud that you had made it that far and even prouder that you were smiling! Even if you tackle Death Valley in the future, it shouldn’t deminish your accomplishment this year. You went from barely riding to covering 70miles at once, in the desert, on a bike named Old Soul. That sounds pretty remarkable to me.

    Continue to ride with your head held high!

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