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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Death Valley Bound!

The Cure Chaser team is leaving on a jet plane tomorrow morning for our 2014 Death Valley Odyssey.

Doesn't seem like it's been 2 years but with the government shutdown last year it has been 2 years since the Cure Chasers traveled to Death Valley to ride in support of JDRF.

We have the lucky 13 going this year and it is a sold out show since January (If you want to do this epic ride with us in 2015 better start making your plans now so that you can be ready for sign up in January!)

We are leaving at 7 am tomorrow morning and will be in Las Vegas at 8:05 am their time with a direct flight on SouthWest Airlines - BAGS FLY FREE!

I don't know that I believe this but says that themperatures at Furnace Creek are supposed to be in the low 90s,,, seems like they say that every year and they end up well into the 100s, guess we will just have to see when we get there.

This years crew includes returning DV veterans Coach Sam Scahill, Kevin Garner, Gary Martindale, Joel Russell, Ryan Noel, Rick Davis and of course myself!
In addition we have the following brave first timers joining us for 2014 Tom Berlier, Julie Davis, Amy Vandewielle, Laura Villanyl and Brian Wulff. (Plus our team photographer for this is event will be Nancy Wulff)

If you have a chance to reach out to these brave souls on Facebook with words of encouragement, I am sure that they would appreciate your support!

Some of us are planning a little trip on Thursday to the top of Dante's View (but I will tell you all about that when we get back - should be an epic side story!) We are all very excited!

Friday we will do our official ride tune up ride, likely to Golden Canyon. Then have a day filled with meetings about what to expect on the ride, riding with Type 1 diabetes and other interesting Death Valley Ride related subjects!

Friday JDRF will put on a great spread with accolades going out to the top fund raisers and limited mayhem in preparation for the early start on Saturday.  Our Cure Chaser team will meet for our traditional why we ride reflection pre ride meeting!  These are always great sessions!

Saturday morning before daylight, we will all gather at the start finish line at the Furnace Creek ranch and get ready for a long hot day in the saddle. The course is 103 miles to the top of Jubilee pass (a Category 2 seven mile long ascent) and back.

So tomorrow begins our 2014 adventure, be sure to check back and see all the exciting details and pictures!  I am sure that we will all have stories to tell on Monday!



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Indiana Cure Chasers 2010

Indiana Cure Chasers 2010
Death Valley October 2010

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