August 14, 2015
4K for Cancer 2015 - Seattle, WA
Each year in late May/early June, the 4K for Cancer rides set out on 70-day journeys from Baltimore, MD, to four destination cities -- San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Each ride fundraises-for and supports the Ulman Cancer Fund in Baltimore; every rider has to raise at least a dollar for every mile to ride and the teams continue to connect with communities along their routes.
On August 8th, Team Seattle reached Jose Rizal Park in Seattle, ending their incredible journey 70 days and over 4,400 miles after they set out from Baltimore. On their last day, the team rode from Bainbridge Island, and took a ferry in to the city's waterfront. They had come a long way from Baltimore and had seen and experienced the country as few people do.
I had the chance to help support the team (with Sophie Jin from my Portland 2012 team!) and photograph the riders into their arrival ceremony; here is a small photoset from the last day and arrival!
August 16, 2014
4K for Cancer Portland 2014 - Portland, OR
On August 9th, 4K for Cancer Team Portland rode in to Washington Park in Portland, OR. The team started in Baltimore, MD, on June 1st; 70 days and over 4,000 miles later, they reached expectant familiy and friends and the end of their great journey.
The team maintained a ride journal at 4kforcancer.org/2014-baltimore-to-portland/. Take a look to learn more about their route & experiences!
I was able to drive the team's support van & photograph their arrival into Portland, as two 4K alumni did for my team two years ago. It was a highlight to see and record the joy and closeness of the team on their arrival.
July 31, 2014
A couple of days with 4K Portland 2014
On July 9th, the 4K Portland and 4K San Francisco teams reached Boulder, CO. A number of alumni, including myself, got to spend and ride a couple of days with the team Portland, from Boulder into Wyoming. The team is an amazing group of people and were so welcoming to us; the experience left me happy and proud to be a part of the 4K family.
June 08, 2014
4K for Cancer 2014 Sendoff & Day 1
On June 1st, this year's 4K teams started from Baltimore for their four destinations -- Seattle, San Diego, Portland, and San Francisco. I was able to go see the teams on their training day and ride out with the San Diego team on their first day, to Waldorf, MD.
June 06, 2014
Ally from my team shared this memory of our day on the 4K two years ago....
"When we got into the Grace United Methodist Church, the pastor took us outside to show us the backyard.
We proceeded to play outside all afternoon with me, Sohum and Dale climbing trees and then Yoshi leading
us in core exercises. There are so many moments that I look around and realize how quickly I have
grown to love this team. We were playing outside after doing core when we all ended up underneath
the pavilion chatting. We were kind of jumping around the area and I ended up standing on one of the picnic
tables. I jokingly turned around and said, “trust fall” like I was going to fall backwards. Everyone who was there
automatically put their arms out in front of them and all it took was for me to turn around and say “really? okay”
to go through with it and have no anxiety at all about it. Its a strange feeling but when it’s right, you just know."
I will add "And Kevin Cochran hiding my duffle bag in a tree."
Miss this EVERY DAY! #4Kforlife #4kportland2012
August 26, 2013
4K for Cancer Seattle 2013 - Seattle, WA
On August 10th, 2013, 4K for Cancer Team Seattle reached Victor Steinbruck Park near Pike's Place Market in Seattle, WA. The team had started riding their bikes in Baltimore, MD on June 2nd; 70 days and 4,400 miles later, they reached Seattle.
One of the Seattle 2013 ride directors was my friend and 4K Portland 2012 teammate, Brad. It was awesome to see him and his team reach their destination after such a special journey and experience.
For blogs the team kept during their ride, take a look at: 4kforcancer.org/follow-us/2013-baltimore-to-seattle/
August 25, 2013
4K for Cancer Portland 2013 - Cannon Beach
On August 8th, 2013, 4K for Cancer Team Portland reached Cannon Beach, OR. The team had started riding their bikes at the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore, MD on June 2nd; 68 days and 4,400 miles later, they reached the Pacific Ocean. I had the honor of driving their van and photographing their ride from Tillamook to Cannon Beach, as my team had done a year earlier.
For blogs the team kept during their ride, take a look at: 4kforcancer.org/follow-us/2013-baltimore-to-portland/
September 29, 2012
Baltimore to Portland
May 28th, Waynesboro, PA to Bedford, PA
May 29th, Bedford PA
July 12th, Dubois, WY to Jackson, WY
We crossed Togwotee Pass going from Dubois to Jackson, WY; shortly after the pass, we caught sight of the Grand Tetons for the first time. This was a plenty-of-pictures day; we stopped constantly to marvel at the snow-capped Tetons so near and the Snake River separating us from the mountains.
July 13th, Hiking in the Grand Tetons (Jackson, WY)
July 21st, Twin Falls, ID to Mountain Home, ID
July 24th, Boise, ID to Cambridge, ID
August 25th, Cambridge, ID to Baker, OR
We rode from Cambridge to Baker through Hell's Canyon; these fields of view do very little justice to the starkness and majesty of the descent and climb into and out of the canyon.
July 30th, Bend, OR to Eugene, OR
From Bend we rode to Eugene across the Cascades, crossing at McKenzie Pass.
At the summit of the pass, we were surrounded by an ancient lava flow; we could see the incredible peaks of the Sisters from a small stone observatory building. After the summit, over 5300 feet above sea level, we had a terrific downhill towards Eugene. We descended to under 1000 feet for the first time since central Nebraska over a pretty short distance, across many gnarly curves!
August 1st, Corvallis, OR to Tillamook, OR
August 2nd: Tillamook, OR to Cannon Beach, OR!