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Fantastic coverage this morning from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Thanks everyone for helping me keep up!

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We made it!!

Well folks, we finished the ride with a beautiful view of the Mississippi River peeking through the trees on the bluffs alongside the trail.

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

We made it!!

We made it!!

Dipping Tires in the Mississippi River

Dipping Tires in the Mississippi River

We had a gorgeous day for a ride, even with the steeply inclined hills we traversed couldn’t dampen our spirits. Not only did we make sure to have plenty of pie and fruit smoothies, but there was even time for an interview with KWWL news channel 7! Thanks a million to folks who have spread the word far and wide, I have also been contacted by Iowa Public Radio so we’ll see how that pans out now that I’m back in an urban setting.

I must also give a quick shout out to Tyler from the Spoken Wheel for keeping the bambike running smoothly and making sure that my brake was in working order! And to all of the wonderful folks we met along the way (Paul is pictured here, Hi Paul!)…

Thanks Tyler!

Thanks Tyler!

Hi Paul!

Hi Paul!

I want to express profound gratitude to everyone who has followed this blog, this ride has been all about the journey and not the finish line. I’m still processing what has truly been a life-changing event and will offer up some thoughts in the coming days (after I’ve readjusted to 21st century technology life!). We are still working with InHand Abra and getting the bamboo processing tank funded~ I will continue to keep this site updated as the campaign progresses.

Maraming maraming salamat (Deep graditude)!!!

-Vanessa and the BamBoys

BamBoys at the finish line!

BamBoys at the finish line!

Day 6: Shelter from the storm

Today started out cold, wet, and windy–with 35 mile/hour headwinds! As luck would have it, my new friend Keith had offered me his extra jacket the evening before to fight off the cold nights, and I had not yet had an opportunity to return it. That jacket became a crucial shield between me and the elements…rain, wind, and even hail. No joke. Thank you Keith!

And thanks to Bill, who kept the glass half full. Example: imagine making a turn onto a road and heading full-on into the harsh winds. Bill’s take: “Hey, at least our clothes might get dry!” Seriously. 🙂

Bill trucking through the rain

Bill trucking through the rain

And thank you to all of the RAGBRAIAN host towns, everyday but Friday especially, who opened up their offices and homes to our weary cycling souls, serving us coffee and letting us huddle over their warm vents for as long as we needed.

But we did it!! And there was warmth and a bit o’ sunshine at the end of the day’s ride…including our family who came into town to greet us at the festival!

One more day to the finish line!

Thanks for supporting the Kawayan Krew!!

with love

Vanessa and the BamBoys

 

Day 5: Me and the Bamboys

Greetings everyone! It seems we have recently been dubbed “Vanessa and her bamboys” by some new cycling pals–haha! 🙂IMG_4757

Today was another longish day of riding today–65.8 miles and 1743 feet of climb! And, one of the great highlights from today’s ride was a live interview with The Des Moines Register, the Iowa newspaper where the RAGBRAI madness all began back in 1973! We can see why it has proven to be the oldest, largest, longest touring cycling tour in the world…because, in short, it’s just a blast!

Thanks to everyone for helping to spread the word!!

with love and gratitude,

Vanessa and the BamBoys

Day 4: Riding easy…

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Today was a bit more lax–we rode about 40 miles (with 700 feet of climb).

The bambike is generating a ton of interest! Mason City has been a blast, thanks to everyone for all of the compliments and inquiries–as they say in the Philippines, “The more, the many-ier!!”

love and thanks for listening~

Vanessa and the Kawayan Krew

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So sweet to run into friends on the road!

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Riding in style…