Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bill's Feed Shop

Janna and Travis are staying at Bill's Feed Shop in Beaufort, MO for the night. They're getting really close to Illinois!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Katy Trail

Janna and Travis made it to Treloar, MO. It's 12 degrees there and they have been riding on the Katy Trail along the Missouri river. It's beautiful but freezing!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day of Rest

Today, on the seventh day of their journey, Travis and Janna rested with the lovely ladies of the Marshall Seventh-day Adventist church near Sweetsprings, Missouri. The heroic pair is planning to attend church there tomorrow and then start riding again after potluck. Pray that the weather holds up and that they continue to meet amazing folks along the way willing to make their journey easier.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 4 Update!

 Janna and Travis had their first bike maintenance issue and had to go 20 miles off route today to make it to the closet bike shop which eded up being in Kansas City, MO. The issue was that Janna snapped her shifter cable and had to get a new one put on. They have taken off their studded tires and tomorrow that should help to speed things up. Janna dn Travis are sleeping in a park by the Missouri river and it's pretty chilly. Janna and Travis are behind schedule, but are planning on playing catch-up tomorrow.

Keep praying!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 3

Well we just finished day 3 of our tour and are in Atchison, KS for the night. The Smith's have taken us in for the night and they feed us tons of great food. We traveled 50miles today. Still going kind of slow due to the big tires and I still feel pretty sick but we are hoping for a better day 2marrow! =)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fighting the Traffic update

It was a rough day with lots of ups and downs, with a few torturous hills that Janna had to push her bike up.  Whoever said Nebraska is flat, hasn't seen this portion of it!   Janna and Travis started out the morning from Peru, NE, riding in about an inch of snow with a very cold night behind them.  They made it to Brownville, NE, where there was really nothing except a church having services.  They stopped in there and used the facilities and the people shared some food with them.  Then they proceeded on their route through a section that supposedly (via the NE Highway website) was clear for traffic now on Route 73.  The bridge was still out and under construction, but Janna and Travis rode their bikes across the dry riverbed and through the construction zone to the other side.  Janna got hit with a stomach virus and was vomiting off and on through the day which slowed their progress.  They made about 45 miles and stopped in Rulo, NE, where they got hot food at a small bar and set up camp by the river.  Temps are better tonight, around 30 degrees.  The studded tires are slowing them down quite a bit too, although glad they had them yesterday and this morning.  Will probably change them out in the next day or so as they get further south.

First Stop- Peru, Nebraska

We received our first word from Janna on the tour!

After pedaling for exactly 7 hours and burning 1400 calories, Janna and Travis have made their first stop in Peru, Nebraska. With some snowy weather and the studded tires on their bikes slowing them down more than they had anticipated, they didn't get as far as they had hoped. But with over 100 lbs. of gear on their bikes, the 69.25 miles traveled today was quite a feat! The excitement that still remained in her voice after such a long day was a conquest in and of itself!

At one point, Janna said she was pedaling in her lowest gear when she said she lost a tad bit of momentum and had to put her foot down. Consequently, she had to get off her bike and take it on a nice 1/4 mile stroll up a "massive hill" (her words). :) 

The trail they will be traveling on tomorrow is a rough trail with lots of gravel and bumps. It will be another long day with some rough terrain, but she still remains excited about the days to come! Hoping they have a warm and rested night tonight in their tent!

Stay tuned for more information as their bike tour continues! Thanks for all your support!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tour Take Off

Well, the day has come that we will be taking off. We are leaving from Bike Pedalers tomorrow morning at 9:30am. We will be taking highway 2 towards Nebraska City and then off into Missouri. Travis flew in from Maine a few nights ago and we both got all our gear set up tonight. Keep us in your prayers as we undertake this endeavor.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fighting the Traffic Tour

Things are becoming more and more official. Only 15 days til take off! Check out our facebook page and become a fan. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Fighting-the-Traffic-Tour/166108093427365?v=wall. If you'd like to make a donation to Tiny Hands then visit http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org/ then click on the donate tab and you'll be able to donate specifically to the Fighting the Traffic Tour. All proceeds go directly to help fight sex trafficking in Nepal. It only takes $23 to save a girls life. Please help save a life and donate today!