Southbound Again on Dec 18th, 2010
Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
120Trip End Jan 19, 2012
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Our Health: Our feet still hurt - It's now been over a month since we finished our cross-country hike and our feet have not recovered yet. It is slowly getting better but it will take some time. They mostly hurt when standing up after an extended break, like getting out of bed in the morning or dismounting our bikes. Hopefully no permanent damage there.
Our weight is up - We both are heavier than when we started our adventure. Yannick has been gaining 2-lb/week consistently, going from his low of 143-lb halfway through the PCT back to 157-lb today (Yannick regained 14-lb, a first for him). Shirley...doesn't want to share numbers publicly (she has a right to privacy :-). Bottom line: we stored the calories, now it's time to go burn them on the road. The departure date for Phase 3 is set for Dec 18th, 2010.
MedShare fundraiser is off to a good start with donations from several generous people. Thank you so much Larry, Jason, Cassandra, Tony, Laurel, Yannick's mommy and Yannick's daddy for your support! It feels good to know that for every $1 donated, it is $25 of humanitarian aid that will be delivered to countries in need...you can't beat that!
Also, MedShare recently sent us a box of medical supplies (a volume equivalent to roughly a half-pannier) to distribute to a hospital or clinic along the way at our discretion...a unique chance we have to provide humanitarian aid when the time is right.
Our Sponsors: We are pleased to announce that OrtliebUSA is partnering with us on this epic journey by providing us with top of the line waterproof panniers, indestructible racks, as well as indispensable safety accessories like lights and mirrors. When we were doing research on gear and asking people in the bicycle touring world about what to use, everyone hands down said Ortlieb panniers are the only things that will keep your gear dry, and Tubus racks won't fall apart on you halfway through your tour. It definitely is comforting to hit the road for 12 months with the best gear on the market.
Last but not least we also want to acknowledge Big Galoot (A.K.A. Zach the Alaskan) for providing some miracle kevlar spokes that won't leave us stranded on the side of the road if we happen to break a spoke from the rear wheel (cassette side). Thank you so much Zachy!
Shirley finally received her new passport 3 days ago so we are ready to hit the road. Saturday December 18th, 2010, we will depart en route to Ushuaia. A few of our friends are interested in joining us for a day or two as we ride South to the Mexican border, so it'll be nice to spend one last weekend in familiar company. Then again, we musn't get all melancholy and mushy...So in advance, we wish a Feliz Navidad to everyone from Baja California.
Our PR: Two articles about our adventures:
- one by the Santa Monica Daily Press (Dec 13th, 2010): SM Couple goes into the wild
- one by MedShare (Dec 3rd, 2010): Santa Monica Couple Embarks on Transcontinental Triathlon to Raise Funds for MedShare
Our Friends: We'll miss you guys! It was great so see all of you during our pit stop in LA. If you want to talk to us sometime in the next 12 months, look us up on Skype (our skype name: yannick.chaigneau). We are bringing a netbook with us so we won't be as disconnected from the world as we were in the previous phases of our journey, providing Wifi is available.
Hasta la vista, baby!